Choosing Not to Drink for Year Doesn’t Make You an Alcoholic

I can’t tell if it’s funny or not, but a lot of people think I am or was an alcoholic. Looking at my blog so far it definitely kind of sounds like it.

Even before I gave up alcohol for this year I was only a social drinker. I would primarily drink on the weekends when partying or with friends. But that would normally mean every weekend. Looking at it there were probably more weekends of drinking than weekends without drinking. I started realizing that when going out that I was becoming more dependent on drinking to “have a good time,” and using alcohol as a social lubricant. I never got to the point where I had to drink at home by myself just for the hell of it (which is what I think alcoholics do).

Well that’s enough of me trying to prove that I’m not an alcoholic. So I’ll leave you with the wikipedia definition:

The Journal of the American Medical Association defines alcoholism as “a primary, chronic disease characterized by impaired control over drinking, preoccupation with the drug alcohol, use of alcohol despite adverse consequences, and distortions in thinking.”[1]

The DSM-IV (the standard for diagnosis in psychiatry and psychology) defines alcohol abuse as repeated use despite recurrent adverse consequences.[2] ; further defining alcohol dependence as alcohol abuse combined with tolerance, withdrawal, and an uncontrollable drive to drink.[2] (See DSM diagnosis below.)

According to the APA Dictionary of Psychology, alcoholism is the popular term for alcohol dependence.[2] Note that there is debate whether dependence in this use is physical (characterised by withdrawal), psychological (based on reinforcement), or both.

Actually those definitions don’t make me look so good…haha…I guess you have to be the judge, or trust my assessment.

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