Would you regard someone as an alcoholic if they consumed atleast 2 beers, most,

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  1. KikiCobain profile image60
    KikiCobainposted 10 years ago

    Would you regard someone as an alcoholic if they consumed atleast 2 beers, most, if not every day?

  2. Laura Schneider profile image88
    Laura Schneiderposted 10 years ago

    Possibly, but I think they're only considered an alcoholic if they can't HELP but drink all the time. The fact that you say "most" days means there are days drinking doesn't occur, so probably the person doing the drinking just likes the taste of beer. Hardcore alcoholics, of which I've known several, drink all the time: drink beer and much stronger stuff too, hide stashes of liquor around the house/desk drawers at work... I bet if you google "alcoholic test" you'll find some pencil-and-paper type tests that you can take to determine if the person is an alcoholic or not.

    1. Laura Schneider profile image88
      Laura Schneiderposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I followed my own advice:
      www.ncadd.org/index.php/learn-about-alc … -self-test

  3. urgurl_bri profile image83
    urgurl_briposted 10 years ago

    If it's only 2 or 3 then I don't think so.  Even if it's every day.  They might just like the taste of it.  If they were drinking like a whole case a day or even a 6-pack every day then it's a bigger possibility.

    1. Laura Schneider profile image88
      Laura Schneiderposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I agree. I checked the Mayo Clinic's website, "Steady drinking over time." (http://urlredo.com/Wg on 12/22/12) is a risk factor for alcoholism, not necessarily a drinking problem or a definite case of alcoholism.

  4. thebiologyofleah profile image74
    thebiologyofleahposted 10 years ago

    In my opinion, there is a difference between someone who is an alcoholic and someone who has a drinking problem. An alcoholic is addicted to alcohol and the path to sobriety will be a much more difficult path than someone with a drinking problem.  A drinking problem, to me, means the person enjoys alcohol and drinking has been a routine for them but if they wanted to stop it would be changing habits not fighting an addiction.
    That being said I do think the medical definitions of excessive drinking would include a person who drinks at least two beers a day, most days.

    1. Laura Schneider profile image88
      Laura Schneiderposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I checked on the Mayo Clinic's website, and "Steady drinking over time." (http://urlredo.com/Wg on 12/22/12)  is a risk factor for alcoholism. In my personal experience, I think the most important risk factor is family alcoholism.

  5. lburmaster profile image76
    lburmasterposted 10 years ago

    Not two. That is too low a number, or I'm just around people who are really strong alcoholics... I would consider anyone who had beer everyday an alcoholic though. But the really bad alcoholics I'm around drink about two six-packs a day.

    1. Laura Schneider profile image88
      Laura Schneiderposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I'm saddened to hear about the burden you've been forced to carry. If the people your are around are blood relatives, be very careful to never drink a drop yourself. No amount is safe for you, from what I've studied. Be safe--don't drink just in case

    2. lburmaster profile image76
      lburmasterposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      You seem a little over protective about those who are around alcoholics. It's all about monitoring how much you have.

    3. Laura Schneider profile image88
      Laura Schneiderposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      "Risk factors for alcoholism include: Steady drinking over time. Drinking too much on a regular basis for an extended period or binge drinking on a regular basis...a parent or other close relatives who have problems with alcohol." http://www.mayoclin

    4. lburmaster profile image76
      lburmasterposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Note where you got the source. The Mayo Clinic doesn't believe in discipline or responsibility. By not believing in those two traits, people become idiots and morons who blame others left and right.

  6. cicsomum profile image61
    cicsomumposted 10 years ago

    Alcoholics don't drink alot (they can't drink alot), but they do drink systematically.

  7. mattforte profile image91
    mattforteposted 10 years ago

    Absolutely not.

    My stepfather, since I was a child, has had a beer or two every day after getting home from work. He would show up every day around 3:15, grab a beer, go outside and work on whatever projects he would dream up. Most often he'd grab another before evening.
    That's about 2 shots a day, between 3 and 6 or 7pm.
    He's a short buy, but built heavily and fit. 2 beers over 3 or 4 hours isn't going to make him feel anything but minor relaxation. He enjoys a beer like some people enjoy a soda.
    Evening comes and he'll have a glass of gatorade or milk for dinner. He is not addicted. If he ran out before my mother went grocery shopping again, he didn't have a hissy fit. He didn't have to go find beer at all costs. He would just find something else, non-alcoholic to drink.
    My grandfather was an alcoholic. If he was home, he had a beer in hand. He always smelled of beer. He also caused my father and 2 of his 3 brothers to run away from home. I have no desire to see that man again for the rest of his life.

    2 beers does not an alcoholic make.

  8. albertsj profile image65
    albertsjposted 10 years ago

    Some people like myself are sensative to two beers.  2 beers for me, would make me real buzzed.Maybe they're either purposely drinking them fast, so they'll get a quick buzz. Can they not have the beers? It doesn't matter how little they drink, if they are catching a buzz, and it is affecting their moods, they can very well be a functioning alcoholic. Alcoholic's aren;t just drunks. I've written a hub on it called "The functional alcoholic"

    1. Laura Schneider profile image88
      Laura Schneiderposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      That article albertsj refers to is at http://albertsj.hubpages.com/hub/Pet-Pe … e-Personal

  9. steveso profile image75
    stevesoposted 10 years ago

    Only if they absolutely HAD to drink every day,

    1. Laura Schneider profile image88
      Laura Schneiderposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I agree! So does the Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/alcoholism/DS00340 on 12/22/12

  10. Barnsey profile image71
    Barnseyposted 10 years ago

    There is a test. If you were destitute with few funds for self what would be the few necessary items you would purchase each week? If one of those things is beer or alcohol then guess what? You is out yer damn mind!

  11. candicemarks987 profile image62
    candicemarks987posted 9 years ago

    Yes, if he/she is dependent  on the alcohol to function everyday. To prevent this from happeni8ng, get an addiction help. Visit http://addiction-rehab-treatment.net/ad … ices-info/


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