ALCOHOLIC OR SOCIAL DRINKER?

 

 

Homer Drunk

 

So, what is the answer to the age old question, am I an alcoholic or just a social drinker?  I have read, or heard somewhere, that an alcoholic is someone who CANNOT go a single day without at least ONE drink.  But we (drinkers) have all been called an “alco” at one time or another, based on our excessive drinking habits.  So where is the line, socially speaking, where you cross between social drinker to alcoholic. 

I am happy to admit to having a drink most weekends and some weekdays, and when I drink, I get DRUNK!   Now, I know that “binge drinking” is no good, but I don’t see the point in drinking without the euphoric state that follows the deed.  Does that make me an alcoholic?  I would say no.  An addict?  Well I don’t feel addicted, but that is my opinion based on my own feelings on the subject, as apposed to the popular public, or clinical, opinion.  Which raises the question, is there actually a DEFINITIVE DESCRIPTION of alcoholism?  Or is it merely an idea which we as a society have adopted without ever knowing why?

The publics word, as held by Wikipedia states that alcoholism is a term with multiple and sometimes conflicting definitions.  YOU AINT KIDDIN THERE!  It goes on to say that alcoholism is any condition that results in the continued consumption of alcoholic beverages, despite health problems and negative social consequences.  AINT WE ALL GOT DRINKING PROBLEMS?  Modern medical definitions describe alcoholism as a disease and addiction which results in a persistent use of alcohol despite negative consequences.  DITTO!

Alright, so based on that description you can be an alcoholic one night when you’re on a bender, then cease to be alcoholic the next day.  From what I’ve heard, once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic.  Even Alcoholics Anonymous use the catch phrase.   So who is right?  HMMMMM?

Now I have to ask, does it really matter?  Lets face it, alcoholism doesnt really bother anyone as long as the “alcoholic” in question doesnt bother anyone.  Does that outline a need for a “destructiveness” facet to be put to the whole alcoholism debate?  Should an alcoholic be described as a person who drinks and then basically wrecks shit?  Everyone has been the victim of a drunken fight or something along those lines,  In saying that, we have all heard of the “old drunks” dotting this world of ours.  Have they ever caused us more grief than to simply “blemish” our  streets?  Yet they are still considered alcoholics.

Maybe, it has to do with WHAT we drink!  Can you be considered an alcoholic if you consume margaritas?  Or do you need to be on the beer, bottle, or bag?

What about WHEN you drink.  It is a normal assumption we make, to class a person who is drunk at 8 oclock in the morning, as an alcoholic!  As far as we, the observer know, they may have never had a drink before in their life.

So AM I AN ALCOHOLIC?  ARE YOU?  WHO DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU CONSIDER TO BE AN ALCOHOLIC?

Leave me a comment below!  Let me know your opinion!

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~ by hammerntongs on July 29, 2009.

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