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Habitual Drinking = Addiction?

Discussion in 'Alcohol' started by Rainman, Jul 18, 2015.

  1. Rainman

    Rainman Community Champion

    How bad is drinking some alcohol say once a day? Or twice a week? At the end of the month? Those who do that would argue that they don't drink too much but when does modest consumption cease to be that? Doesn't drinking every day at the same time end up being an addiction?

    What advice would you offer someone who thinks his/her drinking problem is just a habit?
  2. bluedressed

    bluedressed Community Champion

    Well... they actually have precise guides about what moderate drinking is in the average man and woman, so if you want an objective measure about health, there's that.

    Otherwise, if it's about a specific clue to see when in a person's personal life an habit becomes problematic, I'd say it would be when you get too sensitive about it and about the input you receive from others. Lashing out shows clear loss of control. Losing track of priorities is also a hint that something is wrong, though someone might not notice that straight away.
  3. rightct

    rightct Community Champion

    In my opinion, it's not bad at all. Actually, beer and wine are quite recommended by specialists because they do have beneficial health effects to our wellness. Just ensure that this "2-3 times per month" doesn't extend to a daily habit, because that wouldn't be very nice. :)
  4. Coolkidhere

    Coolkidhere Community Champion

    If it is just wine everyday, I think that is okay. However, when it is beer or other alcoholic beverages, I do not think they have the same benefits that wine has. I do think drinking these everyday can still have a toll on a person's health.

    If a person needs that alcoholic beverage everyday either to function or to relax, then maybe his habit is more of an addiction. I would advice him or her to focus more on other activities to help him relax or even to work. Maybe exercising or reading a book can be an alternative to drinking.
  5. Nergaahl

    Nergaahl Community Champion

    Well some addictions usually evolve from habits, which will eventually become more and more frequent. Try to warm the person in cause that the habit will get worse, and they may end up getting addicted to it. A drinking habit has to be taken seriously.
  6. Aescopri

    Aescopri Active Contributor

    Well, it's funny that you say this. My parents are both regular drinkers because they work in industries that require them to have lots of dinner meetings with alcohol—my father drinks once or twice a day, and my mother once or twice a week. They are not addicts, because most of the time they drink, they are sober.
    I'd say that the difference between regular drinkers and addicts are self-control, addicts drink until they feel dizzy or aren't themselves anymore.
    @Nergaahl is right, too! Regular drinkers still need to watch out for just in case their alcoholism gets a little out of hand.
  7. L_B

    L_B Community Champion

    My partner usually only drinks on weekends but it has to be every weekend, all weekend all. He drinks until he is totally wasted. I work all week so sometimes on the weekends I would like to do something that doesn't involve alcohol but he just won't do without. Even though he doesn't drink every day. He drinks to excess when he does which is 3 days a week non stop.
  8. bsthebenster

    bsthebenster Community Champion

    If it doesn't cause problems in your life then it's fine. If you can't stop drinking every night then there's an issue. As far as drinking twice a week goes, I don't know of many addicts who partake in their drug of choice once every three or four days.
  9. Cheeky_Chick

    Cheeky_Chick Community Champion

    It's not an addiction unless you cannot stop. For example, you could have somebody who drinks 20 glasses of wine per day, but if one day the wine runs out, they would be able to cope without it just fine. There is no limit to say how much alcohol a person has before they are classed as an addict, it is how they cope without that amount that is the telling thing. Often you can tell when somebody has a problem with alcohol, and it is always worth keeping an eye on your loved ones.
  10. JoshPosh

    JoshPosh Community Champion

    For one thing there are a lot of people that drink on a daily basis right after a long days of hard labor. Now does it mean the have a problem? Not necessarily. They pay their bills and handle their business as usual. Still no problem. Most of these people are normal citizens that need to unwind. They are not living off of public assistance. So who am I to step and tell them to stop or even bring up the fact that they have an addiction?
  11. Marie92

    Marie92 Active Contributor

    Yes, if your body feels it needs a drink at a specific time then it is time to look at other options. You may want to consider changing what you do at that time--get active.
  12. henry

    henry Community Champion

    I know this might not be the place to say this, but I think that you can do anything you want as long as you do it in moderation. Excess is always the thing that messes everything, and I mean everything up. You eat too much, you get fat. You drink too much, messes up your liver. Smoke too much, messes up your lungs. Excercise too much, messes up your muscles, and so on.
  13. amethyst

    amethyst Community Champion

    I think that drinking on a daily basis is too much. Obviously, it depends on what and how much you are consuming. If you drink a small glass of wine every day, it might not have the same impact as drinking a couple of shots of whisky every night. Some would argue that it all depends on a person's constitution and personal tolerance to alcohol, but I would say, and that's only my opinion, that having alcohol in your body for days on end isn't exactly a preferred state of being.
  14. FuZyOn

    FuZyOn Community Champion

    A bad habit is just as bad as an addiction so I don't think it's justified. The answer to your question comes down to how many drink we're talking about. An addict should never touch alcohol again but if someone who can control his/her actions goes to drink a beer once in a while they should be fine.
  15. light

    light Active Contributor

    My father drinks everyday but very little and has everything under control. He can stay more than a day without drinking alcohol so I can’t really call him an addict. Besides this I know that alcohol in very small portions is very good for our health. But if someone drinks and lose his consciousness every time he can then it more than possible that with a change in life circumstances, like losing your job, will make him an addict. So it depends on how a habitual drinker behaves and the level of his self-control.
  16. vegito12

    vegito12 Community Champion

    I reckon that drinking everyday after a hard day can be alright and when the person starts to get drunk or making choices which can be harmful then it can be a problem and cause others to fear the person even, which will cause relationships to be broken. I think that when a person consumes more than they can handle and pass out is a problem, as they will start to view it as a friend and think it is alright and not care about their health most of the time. When a person has control then they can limit the amount they drink and also enjoy it in moderation which is fine if it is a few drinks or wine and control their finances which is important.
  17. kassie1234

    kassie1234 Community Champion

    I feel like if you're doing something every single day that involves a substance, to the point that you can't feel normal without it then yes - it's a problem no matter the quantity. I had a point before my drinking got really bad where I would drink one or two drinks a night after I got home from work. It was the only way I could relax. Is that healthy? I would say a big NO to that. There's other ways of dealing with stress, but I just hadn't worked that out yet.

    So in my opinion yes, habitual drinking is a form of addiction, and it can spiral out of control quickly.