This subject to me is very weary with me because 1) I have been called or seen as an alcoholic even if it is "just a joke" and 2) I love drinking lol. So before you jump to conclusions, when I say I love drinking, I literally mean that and I'm not saying I NEED TO DRINK. I like going out with my real good friends and we love to bar hop, have fun, etc. We would always joke like if we got invited to somewhere, we would say "idk will there be alchohol?" lol cause its true you know. It's just all FUN nothing serious. So obviously people who don't get this think I have a drinking problem and its so irritating because the worst feeling about this is to convince others you're not an alcoholic. I'm like why even bother defending myself? I dont have to cause I dont have a drinking problem, I think its crazy that Im even associating myself with that subject. People like family and old friends think I'm like addicted. Ugh its so annoyinng like lighten up. Your attitude to something is really what make that situation, so if you treat me like I'm some alcoholic then I'm an alcoholic but if they all just take a chill pill and get it, I wouldn't look like an alcoholic! Its that simple. Some things that I think why they are more concerned with me is cause I am the baby of my family so everyone including cousins, aunts, etc are more weary around me, they are a little conservative but like to have fun every now and then, and with my friends, I don't know but they just saw how much fun I had in college so they think its all bad. Um try going to college and you'll see how much fun it is. Then well see whos judging. God. I advice to everyone to always stick with people with the same mindset as you or else you're fucked lol. So I like to consider myself a social drinker.
So what do you guys consider an alcoholic?
- Someone who needs to drinkVote A
- Someone who loves to drink and get drunk and have funVote B
- Someone who drinks a lot, not just to have fun, but just cause and it doesn't even get them drunk anymoreVote C
- OtherVote D
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I voted "A" because that is the CORRECT explanation for an alcoholic. That is medically speaking and that's the definition I'm speaking about.
First of all, an alcoholic would rarely go out to any bars or clubs, nor would they go out at all. They more than likely wouldn't be studying in college OR have a job. These people, as I stated, DEPEND on drinking. They don't drink for fun: Heck, most of them admit drinking gets boring or they hate it, but they "need" to do it. I RARELY meet any alcoholics in our age group, at least here in the United States of America. I do meet social drinkers (as you said.) It's also very common for an alcoholics to experiment with hardcore drugs, such as cocaine, X, meth, heroin, crack, acid, etc. In a way, alcohol can be a gateway drug.
If you like to go out with your friends every now and then, and drinking solely for a good time, you're not an alcoholic. Sure, frequency can be an issue but the definition is someone who feels like the NEED to drink, not because they WANT to. People seem to forget that aspect of it.
In case you're wondering where I got this information from, my dad's doctor 25 years ago declared him an alcoholic because he was dependent on alcohol (my dad isn't anymore though.) My dad rarely went out to any bars and would sit at home, fight with my mom, and drink all the time (yet, he still went to work, ironically.) I'm glad I was a baby and didn't remember those days. Now, my dad drinks maybe five times a week but he doesn't get drunk due to his high tolerance and he solely drinks to RELAX (not because he NEEDS it.)0