10 doctors weighed in:
Is a person an alcoholic if they have been drinking two glasses of wine a night for the last twenty years?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Not Necessarily
Alcoholism is defined as affecting a persons life to their detriment.
Something they would do even knowing it is causing harm and it has a negative impact on them physically or in their family or job settings. I personally feel that the liver needs a rest from constant exposure so i usually recommend that people not drink every night.

In brief: Not Necessarily
Alcoholism is defined as affecting a persons life to their detriment.
Something they would do even knowing it is causing harm and it has a negative impact on them physically or in their family or job settings. I personally feel that the liver needs a rest from constant exposure so i usually recommend that people not drink every night.
Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Thank
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Hmmm . . . .
Your question might be answered by asking what happens when the person doesn't get the 2 glasses of wine.
Is there anxiety? Irritability? Worse? If so, there's at least some psychological dependence, and the drinking is serving a purpose beyond tastefully accompanying dinner. Whether an alcoholic or not, would need to be explored further. How big are the glasses & how often refilled?

In brief: Hmmm . . . .
Your question might be answered by asking what happens when the person doesn't get the 2 glasses of wine.
Is there anxiety? Irritability? Worse? If so, there's at least some psychological dependence, and the drinking is serving a purpose beyond tastefully accompanying dinner. Whether an alcoholic or not, would need to be explored further. How big are the glasses & how often refilled?
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Thank
Dr. Ravi Srivastava
Addiction Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Not really
You are an alcoholic if your tolerance ahead increased over time or you have withdrawal symptoms if you don't drink.
Alcoholism is diagnosed if there is medical, social, occupational, interpersonal or psychological consequences of drinking.

In brief: Not really
You are an alcoholic if your tolerance ahead increased over time or you have withdrawal symptoms if you don't drink.
Alcoholism is diagnosed if there is medical, social, occupational, interpersonal or psychological consequences of drinking.
Dr. Ravi Srivastava
Dr. Ravi Srivastava
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Andrea Brand
Board Certified, Family Medicine
6M people helped
Continue
107,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors