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I drink socially, does this mean I am addicted to alcohol?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

It's often difficult for people to tell when they're crossing the line into dependency.
Generally, you are crossing the line if you: use alcohol to help you get through painful situations or feelings; ever defend or hide your drinking; can't remember what happened after drinking a little too much, resent other people's advice who want you to drink less; drink alone, have problems when no alcohol.

In brief: No

It's often difficult for people to tell when they're crossing the line into dependency.
Generally, you are crossing the line if you: use alcohol to help you get through painful situations or feelings; ever defend or hide your drinking; can't remember what happened after drinking a little too much, resent other people's advice who want you to drink less; drink alone, have problems when no alcohol.
Dr. Vasu Brown
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine

In brief: Depends

Depends what you mean by "socially.
" safe amounts of alcohol are less than 2 standard drinks daily in men, 1 daily in women and people over 60. No amount is safe when driving or operating machinery etc. Men drinking 5 or more drinks on an occasion, and women drinking 4 or more drinks are at high risk of alcohol problems. More important than how you drink is if alcohol causes harm in your life.

In brief: Depends

Depends what you mean by "socially.
" safe amounts of alcohol are less than 2 standard drinks daily in men, 1 daily in women and people over 60. No amount is safe when driving or operating machinery etc. Men drinking 5 or more drinks on an occasion, and women drinking 4 or more drinks are at high risk of alcohol problems. More important than how you drink is if alcohol causes harm in your life.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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