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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
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...