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BANGKOK 20 May 2019 05:19
roroeow7

Alcoholic vs. just drinking too much

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I have a very laid back job…I work from home and am good at what I do so spend maybe 10 hours a week actually working. With my time off I like to be outdoors hiking or golfing. I’ve sort of developed a habit of drinking a lot the last 6 months though. A few times a week I might start drinking at 3pm or so on the golf course and continue that through the night. I am a big dude, 6’8” 240lbs, so I may have a higher tolerance than a lot of people, but in a day where I start drinking that early I might have 12-16 beers before the night is over. When I get drunk I usually just pass out on my couch late at night, I’m not driving around or starting fights or anything (not that this means anything other than I’m a pretty collective drunk). I’d say 2-3 times a month I even wake up around noon the next day with a slight buzz and go for a few beers at lunch and potentially golf and drink again that day. I’ve never done that 3 days in a row though, if that makes any difference.

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Plenty of times I drink a few beers and stop, and plenty of times I’ll golf and day drink but knowing the next day I have actual work to do, I’ll stop drinking so that I feel good the next day. I don’t know if I have a problem so much as just too much free time. I don’t drink because I’m sad or depressed, I actually love my life, but I am concerned my habits may either be a problem already or turning into one. I’m 99.9% confident if I had an actual 9-5 job I would not drink as much as I do now. I’ve been looking for one of those jobs but it’s extremely difficult to trump my occupational situation right now. I have done all of the online alcoholic tests and none of them really identify me as an alcoholic other than the quantity i drink, and sometimes pissing off the wife when I'm drunk. No marital problems yet, it's just once every other month she probably gets irritated with it to some level.

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You alcohol consumption is fine , dont worry about it and continue the way that you are

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you drink because you have a depressing sexlife

and your wife isnt playful

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44 minutes ago, pr9spk said:

I have worked in at least 6 geriatric wards in UK hospitals and have seen people who didn't even know their full name because of what some people call "wet-brain", but i would call Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, coming on here and saying that you attended AA because you got drunk every few months is an absolute joke and an insult to people who have real problems.

 

Are you suggesting that I (or anyone else) should wait until we have a wet brain to do something about our drinking problem?

 

I wonder how many of your patients or their families would give their eye teeth to go back to the day they were wondering whether they had a problem (like me, or like the OP) and gone in for help, before the disease progressed?

 

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5 hours ago, roroeow7 said:

but in a day where I start drinking that early I might have 12-16 beers before the night is over.

Then you are living on the edge of becoming an alcoholic, but do you need a beer when you wake up?

 

I would start exercising and drink plenty of water so your mind can focus on something else than alcohol. Your brain has already accepted the heavy intake of alcohol and that could get worse over time.

 

And I would stay away from the bar scene. 

 

 

 

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For me, the tell is anyone who can't predict the outcome of any drinking encounter, once initiated.

A "heavy drinker" will go out, with the intention of having a few beers, wrap it up and go home. An alcoholic may go out, with the same intention, but wind up closing the bar and grabbing a six pack for the road.

My sister is an alcoholic, although she denied it for years. Her reasoning was that she only drank maybe 2 or 3 times a years. I pointed out to her that, every time she did drink, it was a disaster - she would not know where her car was; most of her furniture would be out on the front lawn; she even wound up in a neighboring state one time!

It's when alcohol takes control ...

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2 minutes ago, pr9spk said:

Hardcore alcoholics rarely get blackout drunk seeing as they have superhuman powers to metabolize alcohol

When alcoholics get to the latest stage of their disease, smaller amounts of alcohol will put them down. And it really does depend on the individual, there are generalities that apply to all, then there are unique reactions in each.

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