Our expert says:
Actually, maybe it's more useful to recognize yourself as having "Problem Drinking" --- many people, especially actual alcoholics, devote so much energy to convincing themselves that they're NOT an alcoholic, that they never use that energy to solve their drinking problem. Blackouts are a serious sign of drinking to excess, and of the possible beginnings of brain damage from this excessive alcohol intake. Promising to stop, as you've found, isn't enough, and if you keep going back to the booze even though you recognize and know that you need to stop, is again a sign of problem drinking. Whatever we call, it, Yes, you do have a problem and deserve to treat it seriously. See a good local shrink, and consider also joining AA, for the extra support it can offer. But get professional help to stop this before it stops you
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