Am I an alcoholic?
Melissa Borlie Says...
The current medical belief is that it's not healthy to drink more than two drinks or beers per day.
Only you can determine whether you are an alcoholic, but I can give the criteria used by AA:
- The first question is whether you can stop drinking when you want to. Can you have two beers and stop without your mind obsessing about another one?
- Can you stop entirely, if you wanted to?
- The final question involves outcomes and consequences. When you start drinking, can you predict the outcome? If you intended to stop at a bar and have two beers, can you just have two and go home. Or do you close the place down? Do you not remember what happened the night before? Have you been arrested? Do you drive after having six beers?
If you are very honest with yourself, you can answer the question yourself. Professionally, I would deem your level of consumption problematic because of the amount and frequency and the fact that a loved one is complaining about your drinking.
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