How do I know if I am using alcohol socially or am suffering from an addiction ?
Last Updated: 03/30/2021 at 11:15am
Lisa Groesz, PhD
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I would first question a couple of things 1.Is alcohol consumption affecting your life adversely eg.work/relationships. 2.Is your alcohol consumption similar to that of your friends/peers (judge this carefully though they may be addicts too). 3.Do you feel you could live and function just as well without alcohol. So once you have considered these questions and if you still have concerns it might be best to ask someone outside the situation such as a medical proffesional, because regardless of whether it can be classed as an 'addiction' there are guidelines on consumption of alcohol for health reasons.
Alochol is so prevalant in our society that it can become difficult to ascertain if we have a problem with it or not. You are concerned about it, and that in itself may be a flag for you. The key is to try to determine if alcohol interferes with your day to day well-being, that is, if it interferes with your ability to socialize in healthy ways, if you cannot socialize without it, if it interferes with your happiness, if it interferes with your health ie: sleeping or eating well, if it interferes with your job or finances, then it may be a problem for you. For more information, we have a great self-help guide on 7cups and we also have a supportive Addiction Recovery community which is open even to those who aren't sure if they have a problem or not. More research and self-awareness will ultimately help you discover the answer. Good luck!
I would suggest consulting with a professional as there are official tests they're able to conduct; this is the official method of figuring whether one has an alcohol dependency issue. One red flag I can suggest is when the consumption of alcohol interferes with your personal or professional life. If you're reaching out, it means you're concerned and it's always beneficial to look into these things.
Quit drinking for a while. If you do FEEL the NEED of drinking some alcohol, you probably want to seek help.
socially, alcohol is used as a part time pleasure and not as an escape, if you find yourself drinking alcohol anytime you are under pressure or when stressed out or when in trouble, you are definitely almost being an addict, because socially you only drink when you off work and around your friends and the term you use is "have a good time"
The difference between drinking socially and having an addiction is the dependency you feel towards the substance. Do you feel the need to drink alcohol on a regular basis? Do you drink alcohol alone? If you are in a social situation and do not have access to alcohol, how do you feel? Exploring the answers to these questions can help you uncover the answer to your question.
There is a big difference between using alcohol socially and suffering from an addiction, if you drink mostly just when you're out with friends or people whom are drinking it's probably just socially but if you feel the need to drink just for no reason at any point, or feel like you should drink until you can't feel anymore, then it may be an addiction.
If you try to stay within the safe recommend amounts, then I would say you are a social drinker. A website called drinkaware.co.uk does a really good job of explaining how to understand you drinking and keep track. 2-3 units per day is recommended for a female, 3-4 for guys. They have tools that can help you keep track. Would you like to give this site a try? Also, what do you think? Are you drinking too much?
Social drinking, is being able to set a time and an amount of alcohol you consume in a given period. An addiction is waking up in the morning drinking just to get your day started, drinking because your happy, upset, depressed, confused, and any other emotion that you may feel obligated to drink.
I think when it stops being just for fun and starts to impact on your basic needs and social life. If if you have $50 left and your getting paid in 3 days with no food in the fridge and you still go buy a drink then you have a problem
1.) .Is alcohol consumption affecting your life adversely eg.work/relationships. 2.Is your alcohol consumption similar to that of your friends/peers (judge this carefully though they may be addicts too). 3.Do you feel you could live and function just as well without alcohol. So once you have considered these questions and if you still have concerns it might be best to ask someone outside the situation such as a medical proffesional, because regardless of whether it can be classed as an 'addiction' there are guidelines on consumption of alcohol for health reasons.
As somebody who has battled my demons with alcohol and alcoholism I think that there's a clear distinction between social and addiction. If you find yourself drinking to numb yourself and enjoy the lack of cognitive ability reducing your stresses then that could easily become and addiction. If that is the case then it boils down to intake in which case excessive amounts to achieve the previously listed effects would be considered an addiction. If you're just out with your friends having a laugh and there's drink around to enhance the experience then that's nothing more than socially drinking even if it is regularly
If you think it's hurting you in a way or many ways then it's addiction. If you feel like you have to use it to feel 'normal', that is a telltale sign of addiction.
If you feel that alcohol is hindering your ability to perform in areas of your life, or you feel that you "need" alcohol to create or maintain a certain mood or feeling, then you may want to speak with a professional. Additionally, you could also try a self-report questionnaire like this onehttps://www.ncadd.org/get-help/take-the-test/am-i-alcoholic-self-test. If you feel like you require professional help, you can use this site to either sign up for online therapy with a licensed therapist, or find a therapist/counselor in your area. You can also use the directory on Psychology Todayat https://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms. I hope this helps. Please remember that I am not a licensed mental health professional myself. I wish you the best of luck.
To be a social drinker means to drink mostly when you're with other people, in a scenario where drinking is the norm. Somebody with an alcohol addiction might find themselves drinking alone, or feeling a bit lost if they try not to drink for a period of time.
Do you feel like you need to have alcohol to feel right? Or do you just do it when with friends just have fun? It depends on which way you use it, if you use it to feel okay then you may be suffering from addiction.
Firstly do you feel the need to drink To drink only socially or do you find yourself having a drink alone? Do you know anyone that has suffered from addiction that’s making you feel this way? Or do you believe the environment where you drink Is becoming overwhelming and addicting? Using alcohol socially is drinking on occasion with friends and going out having drinks. Suffering from addiction can be tricky because you must not realize it. About how many drinks would you say you have per day? Do you feel like you need to drink all of the time? Would you be interested in the 7 cups guide hotline for further details on addiction?
You could go to the doctor and ask them. Or google to the criteria for being an addict. But how often do you go out? How many drinks do you have per night? And do you have any on days you don’t go out with people? But it’s not the addiction itself that would be my main concern for you. If you were addicted, you’d have to want to get better and enroll yourself into rehab. They can help you get out of any addiction you may have
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