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What is a 'normal' drinker?

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I was wondering if people could explain their thoughts on what a normal drinker is.

I am English, much of my family is Irish. From a very young age drinking was a very big part if life.

Every Saturday at Aunts or Grandma's the family would meet. Adults would go to the pub, kids stay at the house. Then back home a litre bottle of Bells would be opened.

Sometimes it'd be the social club where kids could go and Aunts and Unclez would slip me a wink and hand me a 'doctored' coke. Sometimes I'd get cups of tea with a shot of scotch. From about the age of 13...,

My dad and I would take the dog for a walk, which meant the pub.

None of this was uncommon. Many of these people and my cousins are still heavy drinkers. Way exceeding the govts advised limits.

I see people all over the world like that. They cannot go through life without drink. They have physical cravings for booze yet they seperate it from 'work life'.

Are these people 'normal drinkers'? They are certainly damaging their health and they know it. They cant stop yet they have reached a balance with their addiction where they can maintain a job and relationships.

I dont think I know many normal drinkers. One girl I lnow from school is an author and every now and again it'll be "ooops drank 2 bottles of wine last night".

This seems the norm to me. The person that just had the occasional drink seems to be the exception.

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If I could drink normally, I'd get drunk every night.

 

Of course your relatives who are damaging their health and unable to stop are not normal drinkers. They sound like normal alcoholics to me.

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i drink untill i get drunk. Not often, it does you good.

 

i think some people are just programmed to drink. I feel sorry for them such a waste of health & money.

 

Binge drinking will gradually go down as education increases.

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On 9/18/2016 at 9:39 PM, Sheryl said:

I think it is best not to try to define "normal" since norms will depend on the reference population (which in your case seems to be people with drinking problems).

 

A better criteria than "normal" is: is the person's drinking is a problem or not?

Problem = drink to an extent that is harmful to health and/or drinking interferes with normal functioning (sometimes or often) and/or drinking causes problems with relationships/problems to others

 

If it's a problem, then it's a problem, and it doesn't matter how many others in a person's social group have the same problem.

 

 

Well I'd say normal means the "norm" the common type.

 

So if 99 people our of a hundred jumped off cliffs, then that would be normal.

 

So - we are talking about 'normal' drinker. How many of these people are drinking within the healthy range?

 

I seem to have come across mostly people that either don't drink or overdo it. Those that drink within the healthy range seem to be the exception.

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It's amazing the tricks alcohol playing on our logical thinking so we feel it's ok to have drink a lot.

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I'd normally drink more - but I'm down to the last half of my last bottle of Mehkong :passifier:

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Normal drinking cannot be explained as in many of the nations drinking is not good, so then for them the definition for normal drinking is what? So drink healthy and live healthy as nothing is worst then harming yourself by your own. 

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On 9/24/2016 at 2:14 AM, richard_smith237 said:

I'd normally not reply to a thread such as this... However, I've been drinking !!!.... 

 

I enjoyed dinner tonight with friends, I had a bottle of wine (we each did)... we returned to my place... I have a number of different bottles of Whisky, so I opened two...  In two hours I had 1 glass of each (probably less than a shot)... I didn't like the second so I didn't finish it.... 

 

I had a good night, I enjoyed the Wine, I enjoyed the food and I enjoyed a Whisky..... I don't feel I was drunk, however, I most definitely would not have chosen to drive... 

 

Am I a normal drinker ?....... I've no idea... I don't care if I drink more or less than others, I don't care what is considered normal..... I do care if my drinking effects others negatively.... 

Normal drinkers don't post how much they had to drink on internet forums at 2 am in the morning. 

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On 9/25/2016 at 6:20 AM, Johnniey said:

Normal drinkers don't post how much they had to drink on internet forums at 2 am in the morning. 

 

PMSL!!!

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I am surprised that nobody have yet tried to quantify what is "normal" drinking. Most health guidelines suggest 3 units of alcohol per day on average is tolerable. Keep in mind that a unit of alcohol is defined as 10 ml of pure alcohol.

 

A weekly intake of 21 units could be:

1 bottle of wine

6 beers

 

Personally, on average, that is my upper limits.

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