Originally Posted by Cool Hand Luke
What is everyone's description / definition of an alcoholic? I see people posting saying they are done with a 30 pack or two/week, and I'm over here thinking I'll go through that in a work week alone, not to mention another 50-60 beers and a bottle or two on the weekend.. I'm 24 and I am constantly on time to work, I have a college degree, make all payments, etc.
I have never considered myself an alcoholic just a professional good timer. I don't think I plan on quitting anytime soon and have never really thought about it as a problem until reading this thread. Sure my friends and I will joke about it on a Saturday morning or something after a long evening or weekend but that's about the extent of it.
I am single with no family so that might be a part of it.
It's good that at least your asking these questions, you're a lot smarter than I was at that age. I considered hard drinking a sign of being a 'real man'. I put in the hours at work, so I deserve it! Work hard, play hard right?
I was laying the foundation for serious dependency later on down the line and best believe a hangover looks a lot different at 34 than 24. Shakes, diarrhea and the dry heaves bc you drank your dinner the night before (and the night before, and the night before that...) are not a good look and neither is knowing you won't feel remotely human again until you get a few in you just to get right. Then that old familiar warm fuzzy feeling creeps in and hell, whats a few more, bc now we're feeling pretty good! Fast forward to the next morning and do it all over again. If you find yourself in that cycle then you can safely say yes you are an alchoholic but I wouldn't recommend taking the experiment that far. I'm a stubborn idiot so I had to learn the hard way, but at least I got sober before I really fucked my life up too bad or worse yet fucked up someone elses life.
Try switching out the booze with your non-alcoholic fizzy beverage of choice a few nights a week, if for no other reason than if you keep up the way you are you will get a beer gut and poop funny.
Most importantly be honest with yourself. If you THINK you MIGHT have a problem, chances are you do.
good job on sticking with it!