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Can I still drink socially only and be an alcoholic?

Can I still drink socially only and be an alcoholic?

Possibly: Ask yourself these questions: 1) do you feel the need to cut back on your drinking? 2) are you annoyed when others ask you to stop? 3) do you feel guilty about drinking? 4) do you need an "eye-opener" drink in the morning to get going? More than one 'yes' response to any of these questions raises suspicion of alcohol abuse. ...Read more

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If I always have compulsions to drink, does that mean i'm an alcoholic?

If I always have compulsions to drink, does that mean i'm an alcoholic?

Maybe: One definition of addiction that i like is that an addiction is a brain disease which causes a person to engage in behaviors that he or she knows could lead to dire consequences-the person knows this is true-but still continues to engage in the behavior. One can become addicted to food, sex and substances. It has to do with how much of an impairment it causes in the person's overall functioning. ...Read more

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I used to consider myself a social drinker but find myself drinking more and more- when am I an alcoholic?

I used to consider myself a social drinker but find myself drinking more and more- when am I an alcoholic?

CAGE Questionnaire: Ask yourself these questions: 1) do you feel the need to cut back on your drinking? 2) are you annoyed when others ask you to stop? 3) do you feel guilty about drinking? 4) do you need an "eye-opener" drink in the morning to get going? More than one 'yes' response to any of these questions raises suspicion of alcohol abuse. ...Read more

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I drink a lot. Does that make me an alcoholic?

I drink a lot. Does that make me an alcoholic?

C A G E: If you drink and cannot routinely stop at one, you may have issues with control. If others have confronted you and you typically deny the issue or get angry at the messenger, you may have prototypical defenses. If you admit to feeling guilt about how much you drink and wish to cut down, this could signal a problem. Drinking in the am, blackouts, or legal trouble all are worrisome. 2 of 4 get help. ...Read more

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Does drinking a little everyday make you an alcoholic?

Does drinking a little everyday make you an alcoholic?

No: Drinking one to drinks per day does not make you an alcoholic. That is unless they are very large drinks. One drink is considered to be either one 4 ounce glass of wine, one-12 ounce beer of one-single ounce/shot of whiskey or hard liquor. More than two of such drinks per day are more problematic. One to two drinks per day has actually been proven to be beneficial. ...Read more

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I have had to much to drink in which I "blacked out, " but am I actually an alcoholic?

Yes: Alcoholics anonymous works if you work it. Consider attending six meetings before you decide whether it might work for you, or attending six meetings of al-anon if you are a friend or family member of an alcoholic. ...Read more

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With an alcoholic history, why would I feel naucious after drinking?

With an alcoholic history, why would I feel naucious after drinking?

Nauseous alcoholic: It could be due to alcohol-induced pancreatitis, acid reflux, alcoholic gastritis or alcoholic liver disease. It's best to stop drinking and go see your doctor for evaluation and management. ...Read more

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How often do a person need to drink before you could consider a person an alcoholic?

Alcoholism: Alcoholism is when you have signs of physical addiction to alcohol and continues to drink, despite problems with physical health, mental health, and social, family, or job responsibilities. The amount of alcohol that can increase the risk of developing alcoholism include 15 or more drinks/week for men, 12 or more drinks/week for women, and 5 or more drinks/occasion at least 1x/week for any gender. ...Read more

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Am I an alcoholic if I lightly drink more than a couple nights a week?

Am I an alcoholic if I lightly drink more than a couple nights a week?

Depends: It depends on what you mean by "lightly" and "more than a couple?" seven is more than a couple. But seriously, what do you think if you were very honest with yourself? I have a feeling that if you are asking this here, you have some sort of concern. Why not go get yourself checked out just to make sure you are okay? What do you to lose? Maybe, this was your first step. See: www.Aa.Org. Good luck. ...Read more

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What happens if you're under medication, are you really not allowed to drink alcoholic drinks?

What happens if you're under medication, are you really not allowed to drink alcoholic drinks?

With some medication: Yes, With certain medication alcohol is prohibited, contraindicated, and dangerous. If you're taking medications it is always a good idea to talk with your doctor about alcohol use. ...Read more