There are differences between social drinking vs alcoholism. Depending on the extent of our social drinking, these differences may be small and hard to detect. Social drinking implies that you do not drink all that often. Some social groups do drink quite a lot and often, where you stand in a situation like that could have you qualify for being an alcoholic and need to attend AA meetings in Scottsdale AZ.
Social Drinking verse Alcoholism
There are three main types of drinkers they are:
Casual Drinkers: These people drink infrequently, they have probably never blacked out from drinking, and know when it is time to stop depending on what responsibilities they have at the time.
Problem Drinkers: These people drink often. Much of the time, they drink more than they intended when in drinking situations. Overall they can abstain from drinking when it is necessary, and drinking does not cause major problems in their lives or relationships.
Alcoholic Drinkers: These drinkers can’t stop drinking when they have had enough; they cannot control their drinking when they know they should not be drinking. In addition, drinking has caused these people major strife in their lives and relationships, they may even have alcohol use disorder.
That is the spectrum of drinkers, on the whole, most people are casual drinkers, then you have the problem drinkers, and then alcoholic drinkers. One way to tell if you are on the edge of being an alcoholic is if you can go to happy hour and not drink or want to drink in the presence of others drinking.
At the point of being a problem drinker, an alcoholic drinker drinking can become a compulsion rather than an act.
Other Signs of Alcoholism
Other signs that you may be an alcoholic are:
- Drinking Rather Than Tending to Responsibilities
- Arguments About Your Drinking
- Inability to Refuse a Drink
- Cravings to Have a Drink
- Having to Solve Problems Created by Your Drinking
If you have any of these issues, you may want to take a step back and think about your drinking. Not continuing to drink is not all that hard if you decide your life will benefit from it. It may seem harsh at first, but like so many other people you can get to the other side and live the life that you want without alcohol using our alcohol addiction treatment program.
If there is any question in your mind, consider being evaluated by a professional. People don’t like to view themselves as something that they think is bad, put a stop to all of your problems and seek help a soon as you can. Your life will make a significant turn for the better if you do.
Finding Help With Your Alcohol Use
Whether or not you have determined that you are an alcoholic or social drinking, alcohol is not a good thing to put in your body anyway. So, quitting, no matter who you are is going to be a healthy choice. You can always drop into one of the many open AA meetings in Scottsdale AZ if you are looking for peer support to help you stay sober. AA, NA, and other meetings are there for you to interact with people that have similar sobriety goals. The First Step Center can help you find meetings with great energy near you, give us a call today at 866.832.6398 for more information.