Our expert says:
Alcoholism is a weasel word, the way most people use it. we tend to see other people as alcohol;ics, while we ourselves, whatever our intake, are just someone who "enjoys a drink from time to time".
But you are describing the situation of being a problem drinker and a binge drinker. You may not drink often, but apparently when you do, you drink too much, to the point that it embarrasses your husband and causes problems.
Blackouts are usually a significant and ominous sign that the alcohol is affecting your brain unfavourably, and that stopping the drinking woul be an excellent idea.
And if there is ANY alcoholism in the family, your risk of alcoholism and problem drinker is higher.
If you are able to stop drinking alcohol altogether, entirely on your own, that'd be useful ; and if you don't usually drink in a significant qwuantity every day, you may be able to stop without other problems. Staying stopped is the real necessity, though.
If there are any complications or difficulties with doing this, seek the help of a shrink with an interest in substance abuse problems, and work with such help to stop dinking and stay off it. Your brain doesn't need the alcochol, and will be grateful to be free from it.
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