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19 August 2008 @ 10:22 am
Straight Talk About Problem Drinking  
I ran into this on Womenheart and felt like it answered a lot of my questions about problem drinking.

In particular, I appreciated the description of the two kinds of problem drinkers, chronic and situational, and this list of signs to watch out for:

How to Recognize a Drinking Problem

Not everyone who drinks regularly has a drinking problem. You might want to get help if you:

* Drink to calm your nerves, forget your worries, or reduce depression
* Lose interest in food
* Gulp your drinks down fast
* Lie or try to hide your drinking habits
* Drink alone more often
* Hurt yourself, or someone else, while drinking
* Were drunk more than three or four times last year
* Need more alcohol to get "high"
* Feel irritable, resentful, or unreasonable when you are not drinking
* Have medical, social, or financial problems caused by drinking
labrys6 on August 19th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
There is quite a bit of pressure to drink, isn't there? I personally don't see the point; I don't care much for parties where the entire point is getting plastered. And even tho' I do enjoy alcohol very moderately, if it doesn't taste good I am not drinking it for alcoholic effect alone (the medicinal vodka aside!); so why would I ever presume to inflict that upon guests?? I tend to offer many options to my guests, but if I know someone is attending who gets sloshed and annoying, I make it a "dry" party for all rather than put up with the problem.
Tapatitapati on August 19th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
Yes in some segments of society it seems like it's expected. And moderate drinking is considered to be a couple of glasses a DAY. My family wasn't like that so it came as a shock to me. When I do health questionnaires and they ask if I drink I put yes and then they ALWAYS have a follow up about how many drinks per day. So then I have to write in that I drink a couple every couple of months (when I crave the flavor of margaritas with Mexican food, basically).

I am also really annoyed if a party has a gazillion options for drinkers and one or two bottles of soda or juice for the non-drinkers. WTF?

(Of course the bias in society is revealed by the very term "drink" being assumed to mean alcohol. If I offer someone a drink in my home it's most likely to be juice, soda, tea, coffee, water...etc.)
labrys6 on August 19th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the one or two per DAY idea boggles my mind. When I offer a "drink" I usually mean coffee, tea, juice or ice water. I don't keep many sodas about unless an actual party is happening. It never occurs to me to automatically offer alcohol at non-party guest occasions, to be honest. Wow...you know, I never thought about it; tho' we have wine and usually beer, and many distilled things on hand at all times, I don't think about offering them. I don't think about them often at all. I bet I am considered an inferior hostess....man, I never even thought about it. ::::sitting back, feeling a bit stunned::::::
Tapatitapati on August 19th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
Some people do feel deprived in this situation--others don't. Depends on their own preferences. But in some circles, drink means alcohol and they'd be surprised and maybe pitying of anyone who thought it only meant regular beverages. That's what I mean when I say I'm tired of some people assuming that those who don't make these assumptions or drink all the time are square or uptight. It's just that our lives don't happen to revolve around alcohol.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on August 20th, 2008 12:10 am (UTC)
In the South, the first thing to ask someone when they come into your house is, "What would you like to drink?" This almost always means lemonade, iced sweet tea, or iced water...