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Is a binge drinker an alcoholic?

Discussion in 'Alcohol' started by pineywood, Aug 10, 2015.

  1. pineywood

    pineywood Community Champion

    It is well known that binge drinking is not healthy and presents a variety of dangerous complications, but do you think that a binge drinker is an alcoholic?

    I tend to think that binge drinkers do fall into the category of an alcoholic because they can not controls the amount of alcohol consumed. At the same time, a binge drinker does not drink everyday, so I am a bit confused, if a binge drinker falls into the category of an alcoholic?
  2. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    While I think binge drinking us obviously dangerous, I dint think it necessarily means they're an alcoholic. Alcoholic's tend to need to drink, to be able to get through life on a day to day basis, binge drinkers do control the amount they drink, often going days without having any, but when they do drink, they consume more than they should.

    While drinking in that way is obviously dangerous, I think drinking on a daily basis is probably a lot more harmful.
  3. MrAmazingMan1

    MrAmazingMan1 Active Contributor

    Binge drinking is very dangerous, however I don't believe a binge drinker could be considered an alcoholic. An alcoholic runs off of alcohol and requires it, but a bing drinker just drinks suddenly and a lot, but doesn't need it.
  4. Tremmie

    Tremmie Community Champion

    It depends how often said binge drinker does that... if he or she does it too often then they can be considered an alcoholic. There are alcoholics out there who binge drink every time they decide to have a drink, there is no rule that says that all binge drinkers are casual drinkers... some people do it pretty often. If someone finds himself doing that too often and having almost zero control over it... then said person is indeed dealing with an addiction.
  5. Rainman

    Rainman Community Champion

    An alcoholic is someone who can't function without alcohol. Their life is controlled by alcohol. While many binge drinkers drink excessively from time to time, they aren't alcoholics yet but their binge drinking could lead to alcoholism in the long run. I think their inability to stop drinking once they get started is the clearest indication that should they start drinking regularly they'll find it hard to resist their ever-increasing cravings for alcohol.
  6. L_B

    L_B Community Champion

    Binge drinking is definitely a sign of an alcohol problem but doesn't not mean the person is an alcoholic.
    When somebody is an alcoholic they need alcohol to function, they crave it and need it. They can't do without it. Binge drinking is not healthy and can cause a whole lot of other problems over a period of time.
  7. Rex

    Rex Community Champion

    In answer to the OP. Binge drinking is not quite alcoholism but a stepping stone to it. Plenty of people who binge are not addicted
  8. Rosyrain

    Rosyrain Community Champion

    Over time if the binge drinking is not brought under control, it can lead to addiction, but you do not have to be an addict to binge drink. I have seen many people go through stages in their life where they drink a lot while going through a rough situation. One day, they clean up their act and tone way down on the drinking. It is the people who keep going that run into problems.
  9. ajzappola

    ajzappola Member

    No, binge drinking is not necessarily alcoholism. Many people with depression or pther mental illnesses, as awell as some yhat are just oversressed or unhappy with their lives, will drink to excess to escape. Soe of these people are binge drinking, some are not. However, many alcoholics also binge drink. We call them "Benders". I personally never went on a bender or binge, but I am still an alcoholic. The way that a person drinks is not how we diagnose alcoholics. Most people assocuate bad drunken behavior or frequent binging with the disease of alcoholism but these are misconcepetions. If you really want to know if you are an alcoholic you need to talk to a bunch of sober alcoholics who can help you self diagnose your problem. Do not try to diagnose someone else as alcoholic becasue you will very likely put a bad taste in his mouth and possibly keep him from seeking help sooner if he really needs it.
  10. MyDigitalpoint

    MyDigitalpoint Community Champion

    Binge drinking may occur to someone from time to time, but I think we can call it alcohol addiction when this binge is recurrent and increase frequency throughout the time.
  11. sonia11

    sonia11 Senior Contributor

    An alcoholic might binge drink, but that doesn't make a binge drinker an alcoholic. It's definitely a problem, a lack of self control, but the person can probably function without drinking. They binge because they don't need to drink on a regular basis.
  12. stridee

    stridee Active Contributor

    I do not think a binge drinker is an alcoholic, but it could be. Binge drinking could just be a think that happens every now and then. An alcoholic always wants to drink alcohol. There is a difference in that the alcoholic does it constantly. A binge drinker may only do it once a month or so. Needless to say, both profiles should be taken seriously and treated the same.
  13. harold

    harold Community Champion

    Binge drinkers are not alcoholics. The problem with binge drinking is the fact that drinkers cultivate and groom a life style of alcohol that transforms them into alcoholics in the long run. At the beginning, it is all about taking large quantities of alcohol at once and then going on for sometime without taking alcohol, but in the long run, alcohol eventually take drinkers hostage and they become hooked to it and drink more often--maybe daily. I think this is not a good way to run one's life because the eventual results of such a life style is an addiction to alcohol. Binge drinking should be discouraged in every way possible. Besides, heavy drinking at once could lead to several social ills like drunkenness and fighting. Binge drinkers are not addicted but live a kind of life that should be discouraged at all cost.
  14. MoneyFiend

    MoneyFiend Member

    If a binge drinker attempted to quit and failed to change a regular drinking habit, then I would consider them an alcoholic. Binge drinking on its own does not seem a valid reason to classify someone as an alcoholic, assuming there is no dependency on having alcohol around the clock.
  15. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    I think it is just very seldom happens, it is not yet considered as addiction. If it is something done a lot and repeatedly, it is an addiction already. If someone cannot control drinking, there is already a problem about it.
  16. dyanmarie25

    dyanmarie25 Community Champion

    It really depends. I could go binge drinking for the night, but the next day and the following days, I could survive without drinking any alcohol. For that reason alone, I don't think I am already considered an alcoholic. As long as you don't go binge drinking everyday, you are not an alcoholic. Just my opinion though. But yeah, binge drinking is still dangerous.
  17. henry

    henry Community Champion

    A real alcoholic has to drink every single day, all day long. You can spend a whole day drinking, but if you don't do it every single day, it doesn't make you an alcoholic. It's the same with drugs. Some guy could snort all the coke in a party on a Saturday night. It's dangerous and might cause him an overdose, but doesn't make him an addict.
  18. Rosyrain

    Rosyrain Community Champion

    I have had my share of binge drinking in the past and was able to wake up one day and tell myself to cool it for a while. For many people, it is perfectly ok to go out and have a few drinks to relax and have fun, but those with addictive personalities should never do it. It is the ability to stop when you know you need to that separates normal drinkers from the alcoholics.
  19. JoshPosh

    JoshPosh Community Champion

    Hard to say. Back in the day I could go a full month without drinking and then one night, if I'm having a lot of fun, I just sit there with a bunch of friends and drink all night long, and I don't stop.

    I think there is a subtle difference between a alcoholic and a binge drinker. Some people hardly ever drink, but when they do, it's just bad and lengthy.
  20. gmckee1985

    gmckee1985 Senior Contributor

    Yes, I definitely think a binge drinker is an alcoholic. Obviously they feel the need to consume alcohol in large quantities so why wouldnt they be considered one? I think its pretty clear that they are. Especially when you consider the number of binge drinkers who actually die from alcohol poisioning.