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Posted by: Bee-bee | 2010/12/20

Alcoholic / social drinker?

Good afternoon Cybershrink,

Trust that you are well.

What is the difference between being a social drinker and an alcoholic?
My b/friend drinks every weekend (Fri, Sat and Sun) and at least once a week. He does not necessarily get drunk every time he drinks, but on a Fri and Sat he normally does.

He is a very socialable person and this is why I''''m not sure if it is a problem or not - forever meeting up with friends.

Even if he has a hang-over, he will get up for work, so it is not like his drinking habits effect his responsibilities.

Is this behaviour being classified as a social drinker / an alcoholic?

Thank you kindly.

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Our expert says:
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Well, let's see. A social drinker is a normal person who has no sort of problem with alcohol, who occasionally drinks alcohol in social situations. It is also a term very popular with alcoholics ro describe their alcoholism while pretending it is insignificant. Alcoholism or problem drinking is someone who drinks alcohol and continues to drink it even though it clearly causes problems for themselves or for others or both.
It is not necessary for them to get drunk ( alcoholics, until their liver packs in, may show less signs of how muich they have drunk than those of us who drink less, and less often. A problem drinker not only drinks with friends, bu finds it hard to imagine meeting with friends, without drinking. They may drink eery day, or only at intervals, like weekends, and agaon, would find it dificult to get through a weekend without drinking.

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Posted by: Friend | 2010/12/20

Hi Bee-Bee, does your boyfriend''s drinking interfere with his abailitiy to conduct his life in a acceptable and responsible manner? Has he ever drank to the point where he does not remember what had happended (black-out), does he use money which was intended for other purposes (household expenses, food, travelling etc.)? Is he ever unable to fulfill his employment, family or other obligations due to his drinking? If you said yes to even one of these questions, then is drinking is a problem. Abstinence is not equal to sobriety. In other words, just because he only drinks at weekends, does not mean he may not possibly have a problem with alcohol. Then finally, trust your instincts. You would not have asked this question if you did not already know the answer. At this point, the question you need to ask yourself is whether you can live with his drinking and if not, what you want to do about it. Good luck and best wishes to you

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2010/12/20

Well, let's see. A social drinker is a normal person who has no sort of problem with alcohol, who occasionally drinks alcohol in social situations. It is also a term very popular with alcoholics ro describe their alcoholism while pretending it is insignificant. Alcoholism or problem drinking is someone who drinks alcohol and continues to drink it even though it clearly causes problems for themselves or for others or both.
It is not necessary for them to get drunk ( alcoholics, until their liver packs in, may show less signs of how muich they have drunk than those of us who drink less, and less often. A problem drinker not only drinks with friends, bu finds it hard to imagine meeting with friends, without drinking. They may drink eery day, or only at intervals, like weekends, and agaon, would find it dificult to get through a weekend without drinking.

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