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How Much is Too Much?

Discussion in 'Alcohol' started by Smileyblue13, Aug 18, 2015.

  1. lexinonomous

    lexinonomous Community Champion

    It is really hard for someone to admit that they have a drinking problem. Most people don't want to believe it or completely don't see it. I think that alcohol is bad when it starts affecting your life and the people around you. If you feel terrible and you're having issues, you probably have a drinking problem.
  2. irishrose

    irishrose Community Champion

    I agree with @Rainman, drinking a lot of alcohol in a short amount of time is binge drinking. People who binge drink could go long periods without drinking (months even), and then drink to dangerous excess in one night. Binge drinking may be more dangerous, because such individuals have not built up a tolerance to the large amounts of alcohol they are consuming. Binge drinking can cause people to become unconscious, throw up in their sleep, and choke on their own vomit, potentially resulting in lack of oxygen and may even lead to death. College students are more likely to binge drink.
  3. PLP Rob

    PLP Rob Active Contributor

    I feel for you, friend. It can be tough to be honest with yourself about drinking, not least because drinking can be loads of fun (until it's not). The best definition of an alcoholic, I think, is a person whose drinking negatively affects relationships and career. If drinking leads to problems with friends and family, or causes you to show up late to work (or miss work entirely), then it's a problem for sure. I know people who drink pretty heavily on weekends, but they don't miss work on Monday, and their relationships don't suffer as a result of their drinking. Somehow, they're able to manage it. I say somehow because I wasn't one of those people, and that's why I don't drink. Because one leads to two leads to two weeks and the cycle's back in motion. All the best to you.
  4. Waterel

    Waterel Active Contributor

    Not being able to stop is too much.
    Constantly thinking about the next drink is too much.
    Not being able to function without a drink is too much.
    Forgetting how it is to wake up without a hungover is too much.
    Abusing alcohol is so easy that people tend to forget that it's a drug and that it's not a good idea to drink so much.
  5. Psyduck

    Psyduck Active Contributor

    The quantity actually varies from one individual to another individual. It could be pretty much very less for a person whilst at the same time, it could be completely different for another person. You cannot quantify this element as it keeps varying.
  6. Nergaahl

    Nergaahl Community Champion

    Binge drinking is, by definition, when you consume more than you need, even if you body cannot take anymore and demands you to stop. Basically, yes, when you drink until you faint it is considered binge drinking. If you drink large amounts of beer, but you can still have more it is not, because you didn't have too much of it and your body can still take more. That's doesn't mean drinking heavily is good and harmless, though.
  7. kassie1234

    kassie1234 Community Champion

    Such a fine line these days. I hear a lot of people these days say that they are a heavy drinker but not an alcoholic - and I also hear the term 'social drinker' thrown around a lot. A lot of the people I know who refer to themselves as social drinkers seem to find it normal to drink until they're throwing up on a Friday and Saturday night, but don't drink the rest of the week. Yes, they might not be drinking every day - but I would say it's not a normal, healthy relationship to be having with alcohol if that's deemed to be okay behavior. It's dangerous to try and play down things like heavy drinking or social drinking to the point of being sick as normal, in my opinion.
  8. Joethefirst

    Joethefirst Community Champion

    According to the nhs binge drinking is having more then 0.08 g/dL of alcohol in your blood. This level can be reached after 4 drinks in women and 5 drinks in men in a 2 hour time period. This on the hand doesn't mean that it affects everyone in the same way.
  9. henry

    henry Community Champion

    People usually don't get addicted to anything if they don't do it every day. Just because you lost a million dollars playing in a casino in a couple of nights doesn't mean you've got a gambling problem. When you're addicted to something, it doesn't matter the day, the hour or whatever you have to do, like work or anything else. When your body tells you, "Gimme, I want some," you just have to do it or it won't give you peace until you do.
  10. charris89

    charris89 Member

    I agree, when your family and loved ones being to respond negatively on your drinking habits it's to change. I believe to much drinking is when it starts to affect your career and financial status. When you aren't able to pay your bills or maintain work and personal relationships. Alcohol can be a great stress reliever and a useful tool for relaxing, if you use it responsibly. It is very addictive and can get out of hand very quickly. I struggle with it my self, but with the proper motivation and willpower you can overcome any obstacle.
  11. missbishi

    missbishi Community Champion

    There's a big difference between a couple of beers two nights running and two consecutive nights of binge drinking. However, if this is a one off then there's little cause for concern. If these binges are becoming more frequent though, maybe it's time to re-examine your reasons for drinking.
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  12. kgord

    kgord Community Champion

    Well, I think it would depend on whether it was consistent behavior or a once in a while thing. I mean if you are drinking to the point that you are doing risky things, it is probably too much. I think all of us who drink may have ocassionally over indulged and done something stupid, but those who do this often...and really look forward to drinking like the highlight of their life, are problem drinkers.
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  13. MicahcHudgins

    MicahcHudgins Member

    I say drinking until you don't know what your doing, where you are, or who your with are seriously over the limit. One and done, or maybe two is okay.
  14. Jordan94

    Jordan94 Active Contributor

    How much alcohol is too much? It could mean drinking too much at one time, drinking too often, or both. It’s important to be aware of how much you are drinking, whether your drinking pattern is risky, the harm that some drinking patterns can cause, and ways to reduce your risks.