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Becoming Alcoholic

answered 07:32 PM EST, Wed February 27, 2013
anonymous anonymous
I like to drink and party. After reading some articles on this site I gotta wonder if there isn’t a bit of scaremongering going on. According to the FACTS here anyone who drinks more than 5 drinks in a night is a BINGE DRINKER and risking alcoholism. I am in College and everyone I know drinks more than 5 drinks in a night at least 2 or 3 times a week. Are we ALL going to become alcoholics? Seems UNLIKELY.

Anna Deeds Says...

Anna Deeds A. Deeds
MSED, NCC, LPC

Thank you for your question. Not everyone who drinks a lot in college goes on to become an alcoholic. Some people binge drink in college and go on to become social drinkers. They mature and no longer want to "party" 2 or 3 nights a week. The problem is that some of them do become alcoholics and never stop drinking. The only thing that we know for sure is that binge drinking puts you at risk for alcoholism.

There's no way to know if you are one of the lucky ones who will mature or one of the unlucky ones who will become an alcoholic. That you came to this site tells me that you have some concerns that you could be an alcoholic. Your binge drinking does put you at risk for alcoholism. So, why take the risk? Is binge drinking that much fun that you are willing to risk a lifetime of misery?

Alcoholism is a terrible disease. It not only destroys the life of the alcoholic but every one that person comes into contact with. Think about the possible consequences of your drinking and decide if it is worth the risk. When you honestly evaluate it, I think you'll find that binge drinking every week isn't worth the risk of becoming an alcoholic.

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