He’s Not Alcoholic, He Just Drinks Too Much


The behavior you see from day to day is so common place it’s easy to misunderstand what you see. There is definitely a distinction between someone who drinks too much and an alcoholic. Let’s take a closer look at the difference.

The social drinker generally doesn’t drink to get drunk. This creates an uncomfortable experience they would rather avoid. The heavy drinker may have built up significant tolerance to alcohol and may even appear to be able to ‘hold their booze’ quite well.

Periods of time may be marked by heavy alcohol us such as college or young adulthood. Beyond these periods the heavy user tends to moderate their use.

Alcoholism is a progression from recreation, to relief, maintenance then escape. Attempts to moderate use are most often short lived. Alcohol becomes so much part of the person they not only crave it they need it to be okay. This is often seen by early morning drinking. Possibly even to stop withdrawal symptoms such as tremors or headaches.

The alcoholic not only will drink to excess but until they blackout. This is why often the alcoholic doesn’t know what they did when they were intoxicated,

The key issues in determining if a person is alcoholic are:
Increased Tolerance
Attempts to stop or reduce use without success
Inability to stop in the face of harm caused by alcohol use
Loss of Employment, Relationships, Academics because of use

The issue here is not to have a label for your alcoholic The more important issue is to to understand the truth. Whether he is a heavy drinker or an alcoholic there is damage happening to him because of the heavy alcohol consumption.

On the other hand, when you choose to believe your alcoholic just drinks too much your minimization of his problem could be an indication of denial. Simply put, when you are unwilling to accept the truth in spite of the evidence you’re in denial.

The alcoholic is most likely in denial. If you are also in denial change is very unlikely. You are NOT responsible for your alcoholic’s recovery but you are the only one who can change your denial. You may ask and how do I make that change? The straightforward answer is to accept truth when you discover it.

If you find yourself in denial you may also be enabling your alcoholic without realizing it. There are significant steps you can take to stop enabling.

There’s not only hope for you but also for your alcoholic. Truth is the only hope either of you have toward a real recovery.

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