Are You a Social Drinker or an Alcoholic?Addiction Treatment
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, men considered “heavy drinkers” have two drinks per day, while female “heavy drinkers” have one drink per day. True alcoholics typically drink four or more drinks each day and will suffer withdrawal symptoms if they cannot access alcohol. This tolerance that builds over time demands that the alcoholic drink more and more to achieve the level of intoxication needed to prevent the symptoms of alcoholism and alcohol withdrawal, such as nausea, vomiting, “the shakes,” agitation, anxiety and in severe cases, hallucinations. Developing a tolerance and being hit with alcohol withdrawal syndrome when abstaining from alcohol are definite warning signs of alcoholism.
Although the genetic mechanisms underlying alcoholism are only partially understood, other factors such as mental health status, social environment, history of childhood trauma and life stressors all conspire to put some people at a high risk of becoming an alcoholic.
How Do You Know You Have a Drinking Problem?
While there is nothing wrong with enjoying a drink while eating out or attending social functions, the dividing line between problem drinking and social drinking is not always easy to recognize. In most cases, alcoholics calling themselves “social drinkers” take offense when family members and friends suggest they cut back on their drinking. Denying you have a drinking problem when everybody else clearly sees you do is one of the warning signs of alcoholism.
How to Tell If Someone Is an Alcoholic:
The warning signs of alcoholism can be seen when a person:
- Drinks until they are intoxicated
- Goes to work intoxicated or drinks while at work
- Drives while drunk because they don’t think they’re drunk
- Repeatedly gets arrested for DUI or other alcohol-related incidents
- Often thinks about alcohol more than anything else
- Lies about how much and how frequently they drink
- Feels nervous and irritable when they aren’t drinking or at least anticipating a drink
- Experiences relationship, employment and financial difficulties due to drinking and alcohol-related behavioral issues
In contrast to alcoholic signs indicating a possible addiction to alcohol, a social drinker is someone who:
- Drinks occasionally and limits themselves to one or two drinks
- Does not feel the need to get drunk to have a good time
- Does not get in trouble with the law because of alcohol
- Doesn’t do or say things when drinking that they later regret
- Doesn’t spend their waking hours thinking about drinking
Get Help for an Alcohol Addiction at Synergy Recovery Services
Alcoholism is a disease that demands the assistance of experienced psychiatrists, therapists and life skills counselors who can provide the tools necessary for the alcoholic to successfully manage a sober life. Synergy Recovery Services’ comprehensive alcohol treatment programs help patients understand why they drink, why they can never drink after leaving the facility and how they can cope with powerful feelings of stress, anger and the trauma of past emotional issues without turning to the bottle for escape.
Learning stress-reduction techniques is also an important part of our recovery program that patients will use throughout their sober lives to manage those “trigger” moments when thoughts of drinking again are likely to enter their minds. Contact us today to talk to a caring staff member about our alcohol addiction treatment programs.