What type of Drinker are you?

types-drinkerThe Department of Health has released research where they have identified nine different types of person who drinks alcohol to excess (their definition of excess being double the recommended weekly amount or more).

It might be useful to see if you can recognise which type you are. The types they defined are –

  • Depressed drinker
  • De-stress drinker
  • Re-bonding drinker
  • Conformist drinker
  • Community drinker
  • Boredom drinker
  • Macho drinker
  • Hedonistic drinker
  • Borderline dependent

It’s a fairly comprehensive list, but if you’re not sure which category you might fit into, have a look at the list of criteria for each type of drinker on the BBC

Of course it would seem to suggest that people who drink fall into one type or another, whereas experience would suggest that the same person could be defined under many of the categories, depending on what is going on for them that day.

115 Comments

  1. Chrissy 23 April, 2013 at 9:57 am - Reply

    I started drinking alcohol when I was 18years old and in university. That was around the same time the ladette culture and binge drinking was considered cool. I started off drinking small amounts. My tolerance was so low I felt drunk after 4 beers. Ah how I miss those days. I am 34 years old now. 16 years since I had my first alcoholic drink I am now contemplating giving up for good. Contemplating is not the right word. I fully intend to give up alcohol as of today. I have never really been choosy about what I drank. For the longest time I did not drink wine because it was too strong for me. I did not like the taste of it and I felt drunk after one glass. More than wine glass and I would vomit. However that changed over the last few years. When I moved to Birmingham and started living alone I started buying alcohol to drink at home. I once drank a whole bottle of wine in one night and promptly threw up. When I started my first nursing job I started doing what I had always sworn I would never do. Buy alcohol to drink in my house. I had always used this policy as a way of self regulation. Having grown up around alcoholics I always swore that I would avoid the same pitfalls. Well I can safely say that I have failed. These past 3 years, 2010 -2012 my drinking has become problematic. It started in 2009 when I was stealing benzodiazepines and codeine and sleeping tablets and mixing these with alcohol (in order to enhance the high). As good as this felt I started experiencing problems like drink driving and smashing my car wing mirror into another one and then driving off erratically. Then one day after a night of dancing and taking ecstasy and MDMA, I went home and Ttook a few diazepam and codeine and clonazepam. The next day I went to work and had to run to the emergency department for acute urinary retention. I was categorised for a few days. Felt very distressed and humiliated at being hospitalised for a condition caused by my own stupidity. I felt so ashamed by that episode but not enough to quit. I continued abusing random drugs, mainly popping prescription pills (clonazepam, lorazepam, diazepam, zopiclone, codeine), mixed with alcohol. Alcohol alone was no longer doing anything for me. Then I entered into a relationship. I introduced myself to him whilst carrying 4 large bottles of spirits. On our early dates together we both got so drunk we fell asleep in the car and I woke up with a very numb thumb. Whilst we were dating I used to drink in order to make out with him. I leaned on alcohol to keep things interesting, to keep me interested, to get through the making out sessions. I started using the pills to help me with social anxiety when meeting his family. I figured it would be less painful. My alcoholism, yes I am calling it alcoholism and misuse of prescription pilsss came to a he’d when I boarded a flight armed with prescription pills. I was drinking on the flight but it was the pills combined with a small amount of alcohol and the altitude which made me fall into a sleep so deep that I have no recollection of how I boarded the flight, what happened during the flight and how I got off it. The next I remember was when I was detained at a foreign airport, my belongings having been confiscated by the airport staff and having no means of contacting my family. Several things were stolen from me probably whilst I was asleep including a gold bracelet of sentimental value, my coat, some cash, and my suitcase was raided and clothes stolen. Several things came out this incident. The first being that my family found out about my alcoholism because the airline told them about my condition when I got detained at the airport. Secondly because it happened in one of the poorest countries in the world it still worries me that I left myself vulnerable to sexual abuse when I was intoxicated and unconscious. I have since had sexual health tests which have somewhat allayed my fears. Stolen property was the least of my worries. Also I was very lucky because if this had happened in the USA for example it is very likely that I would have been charged with a crime for being intoxicated on board a flight. I could have easily lost my job too. I used to enjoy the effect of mixing alcohol with sedatives, the deep sleep this induced. I am not really sure why I drink. It used to be that a pint or two made me feel tipsy and chatty I.e more sociable. I know now that the context is key. when i started drinking I used to drink only when going out for drinks with friends. We drank, gossiped, chit-chatted, ordered food, drank some more and danced then took taxis home. Drinking stopped being a fun factor and started becoming a problem for me when I drank because I felt depressed or stressed and couldnt cope with those feelings. I didn’t know that I was depressed of course. I just knew that something was missing, I couldn’t relax, I didn’t know what to do with myself in my time off from work, I had lost touch with friends. I know what I need to do in order to get my life back on track. As tempting as it is for me work is not the answer. I need routine. I need a cleaning schedule for my house. I need to start socialising outside of alcohol. Reconnect with old friends. I need to pay attention to my personal hygiene and personal grooming to increases my confidence. I need to start exercising to boost my confidence.

  2. Jo 11 April, 2013 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    I love that saying one drink is not enough and a hundred is too much. The lack of control is maddening. Jo

  3. Ben 8 April, 2013 at 1:36 am - Reply

    have cut back substantially over the years……….and for that reason, i suppose i justified my drinking habits……i may drink three times a week, once a week, or once every two weeks………i don’t drink alone, although if someone is coming over, i may have a drink or two, before they arrive……..i love going to the Gym and i eat healthy most of the time……..i know intellectually that drinking is not healthy but again, i tell myself as long as i am healthy eighty percent of the time, it’s o.k to mess up, here and there……….what ever Gene’s are responsible for alcoholism, i have at least one of them………i am not really shy socially but feel much more comfortable in social situations if i am drinking……….and because of being a fairly big guy and becasue i have drank for so many years, i can tolerate a lot of beers………the downside of drinking is so crystal clear to me………i feel like crap the next day……..i get more talkative but sometimes will say things that i would not say sober………..my time with my children and grandchildren, is sometimes compromised because i am either hung over, or if drinking, i am not as attentive………drinking makes me much more comfortable around woman and in any social setting that has a group involved, especially strangers…….but on the day to day basis, talking to neighbours, going to the supermarket, etc. is totally o.k………..and the further away i am from my last drink, the better i am socially and my sleeping improves and my workouts have better results……….the old saying is soooo true for me………”one is not enough and a hundred is too many”………..all my friends are big drinkers and that is my social life at this time…….the only way i can make it long run, is to find another social circle……..i visit my friends at times, early in the morning because i know they will not be drinking……….that means i do not trust myself, to be around alcohol……….if i lived on an island, i would never drink……….i don’t ever crave it but i depend on it socially………..i hope this resonate’s with someone………no matter how often we all drink, if we cannot control it, we have a problem…………we either control alcohol, or it controls us………..no in-between……….good luck to all……….

  4. Sandy 22 March, 2013 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    Yeah I hope finding this site will be the turning point for me. I’ve said so many times that I’m done with drinking, I don’t think anyone believe’s me anymore. I have way too much to loose if I don’t change my life now. I’ve got to make this time stick!

  5. Dan 21 March, 2013 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    This site is great for getting it all off your chest! I don’t care whose reading it’s very threaputic for me! I love talking but nothing beats writing about things to really get a point accross. It can be hard to find a good listener but a good reader is far easier to grab and you get to say what you want without interupution or awkward moments.

  6. Robert 3 February, 2013 at 5:35 am - Reply

    i have been a heavy drinker since my early teens ive got no peticular regular drink i honestly drink anything i was drinking 16 cans of stella sometimes more a day im now 38 and after experiencing kidney pains and stomach problems digestion wise i moved on to red wine round two bottles a day which im not happy about either,
    i would like to know from others if anyone has had balance problems in the legs and numbness which i have it makes walking difficult but i notice if i stop drinkin few days it goes, i take pottasium, milk thistle , kudzu root , vitamin b and thiamine daily i am desperate to stop but fuck up after two days dry im so scared.

    • Linda 10 February, 2013 at 2:27 pm - Reply

      Hello Robert,

      I completely understand what you’re saying. I’ve been drinking on and off for at least twenty years and I am now 42. I was admitted to hospital last month because I had a relapse that lasted several months and I was a wreck. My flat went to pot and I could barely look after myself. I didn’t eat, I just drank. Litres of vodka and bottles of wine and champagne which I ordered online. I was a mess. I went into hospital on 11 January 2013 and haven’t had a drink since the 10th January 2013.

      The main reason I am responding to you is because I am diagnosed with Alcohol Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (you can ‘google’ it), and this is what causes the numbness in the feet, and makes it hard to walk. My legs were also affected. My balance is now almost back to normal, but due to the amount of booze I was consuming will be relative to the amount of time it takes for my feet to recover. It is like having permanent pins and needles! But much much better than it was!

      In hospital I was on drips, but the Stong Vitamin B12, Thiamine and Potassium are the best to take. You may need to check if you are taking lots more on top of this, as it may not help. I will leave that to you and your GP. But it sounds like you’re doing well, and if you can just turn 2 days of abstaining into 4, then 6, then you’ve done a week and then your system will start clearing up and you will feel the results. Check with your GP as you shouldn’t cut out completely, but cut down gradually. You probably know all this!

      I hope it helps to hear from someone who knows exactly what you’re going through. I feel so much better now, and that is from an habitual relapser! It would be good to hear how you’re doing.

      Take it easy and don’t be hard on yourself.

      Linda :0)

    • fawn 10 February, 2013 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      Hi Robert,I’m the same age as you.it’s not easy admitting you have a problem at our age.I aim to make the 40s a more productive decade and I’m sure you can too.I’ve thrown myself into different sporting activities and feel great.I still haven’t got my head fully around never having a drink in a social setting again but I know it has to be done.I’ve tried moderation and even though I only ever drank at weekends,hangovers would last til Monday or Tuesday.this is a non runner when you’ve got small kids,a marriage and job to juggle!I wish you well.congratulations for deciding to change your life!

  7. lisa 26 January, 2013 at 6:58 am - Reply

    im 16, ive been going out getting drunk since the age of 12! When i drink, i dont drink just to drink, i drink to get drunk, i love being drunk. When i say drunk i mean like still stable, able to stand up, not being sick, just a happy fun drunk. Of course i have blacked out before in the past throughout the years just from drinking to much but lately the past 5 months ive found myself drinking far to much and just getting into the worst state ever, every time which is like weekly. blacking out not being able to remember things, being violent and a massive slut but not knowing anything and just being told the things that were seen by others. My friends dont say it but i know they feel it, theyre fed up of me making a show out of myself and them, they think i lie when i say i cant remember when i actually cannot remember, im extremely nice and fair and pleasant to be around always putting others first when im sober but when i black out i turn into a mental person and ive been told im not evan wobbly, i speak and walk around normal, i just act weird, like scream at no one, be really slutty, shout abuse at people who have done nothing. the black outs neeed to stop but i dont want to stop drinking, i need a black out cure, its ruining my fun life i used to have and im only 16 as well.

    • Ronda 3 February, 2013 at 12:04 am - Reply

      Lisa,
      I can relate to your story even though i’m 55 – I’m still a 16 year old party girl at heart and even though most of the time i can enjoy one or two glasses of wine, once or twice a year, I can’t seem to monitor and I end up blacking out, driving home in Los Angeles which is crazy. I’m also on an anti-cancer drug, tamoxifen which makes the effects of liquor worse – although i don’t consider myself an alcoholic, i don’t want to take any more chances of waking up not knowing how i drove home – despite only happening on such rare occasion – you are only 16, your brain is still developing – I’m sure i did plenty of damage to my brain at your age and although i seem fully functioning with excellent job and life, i wonder what i might have become or done had i not tried to cover up insecurity with alcohol. This website is excellent and you will find support here. Imagine yourself 10 years from now coming back to visit yourself and what you have been able to do without alcohol. I am like you too – very happy when i’m drinking for the most part, lots of fun and people enjoy my company – but it’s not worth the price – who are these people you have to impress or be friendly with if you can’t just be you. You need to visit the website of Dr. Amen – he talks a great deal about the effects of alcohol on the brain – you could get a scan and see the damage – i don’t say this to worry you or scare you, but i see myself in your post and i still have work to do – am this week deciding i need to go off alcohol all together. I’m excited by the prospect of never having to wake up wondering if i said the wrong thing, did something awful or hurt someone. Good luck to you – you have an amazing life ahead for you – don’t sabotage it! –

    • Canuck 19 February, 2013 at 3:30 am - Reply

      Lisa, is there someone you can go to for help? I know you don’t want to quit drinking – you just don’t want to black out. That’s smart cause bad things can happen when you’re blacked out. Problem is you’ve been drinking for 4 years, right? Your system is used to alcohol so you need so much more to even get drunk. The blackouts are a problem but you could even get alcohol poisoning. Could you cut back a little, drink fizzy water or something between drinks, or drink slower? You gotta take care of yourself.

  8. Susan 20 January, 2013 at 9:35 am - Reply

    My daughters father was always a drinker but around 6 years ago it became worse and I had to have him hospitalized. He was dry for 4 weeks (3 of them in hospital) and one at home and then I saw that his latest trick was to abuse the anti convulsant he had been given to take. Alcoholics blame everyone else for their condition. They dare never responsible, can’t remember what they have said, are verbally and emotionally abusive and quiet frankly after yesterdays ambush with this man, I have made up my mind to detach myself no matter what the cost. I don’t work as I am too busy running after the alcoholic who doesn’t file his taxes and treats me like his serf. From today onward, I will not take a call from him (I don’t care if I starve to death) and lose my animals and end up living on the streets but I do not want that alcoholic or any other alcoholic near me. To my mind the sooner his wet brain collapses and he dies of cirrhosis of the liver, the better. The death is not a pleasant or pain free death and quiet frankly cannot wait for the day to come. Interestingly enough, he has just called my number (I don’t live with him) again! THis is typical behavior of the alcoholic. Violent and vicious verbal abuse – I walk out – phone call the next day – is coming here to dish out some more. What a lot of people on this site do not know is that is takes an alcoholic one drink and his drunk. The menenges in the brain start to weep (called Wet Brain). I nursed at very high level – 8 bars – which is the highest level in this country, spent years on the Psychiatric Ward and can say without hesitation that alcoholism is a choice and not a damned disease. It can be learned behavior if the alcoholic was brought up in a home characterized by alcohol abuse, but it simply shows the weak personality of the alcoholic and isn’t the law of nature “the strongest survive”. I have also seen the effects of alcoholism on the people surrounding the alcoholic, their children, spouses etc… and worked the trauma ward dressing bodies of those killed in drunk driving accidents…..the youngest a 6 week old baby. All alcoholics should be shot at dawn – and that goes for drug users as well – oh well bang goes my Florence Nightingale Oath but that is just the way it is.

    • Patti 28 February, 2013 at 2:55 am - Reply

      I got a Lot from you…thank you! Especially when you said alcohol is not a disease….I agree. It’s a choice. There is a lot of help out there for alcoholics and it’s time for society to realize where the responsibility lies and the Government to stop spending tax payers money. It’s WITHIN us! Our job to do!!! Thank you! Thank you!

    • Dan 21 March, 2013 at 3:14 pm - Reply

      Drink driving makes me Seeth with anger when i was living in nz almost everyone I meet out there drink drives. I have a drinking problem I’m no raging alcaholic but I do have a problem. The only person I’m hurting is myself. It hasn’t always been this way it took years for me to recognise the pattern. Now I am raining it in and almost have it under control. People can change but there is no excuse for getting in a car under the influnce regardless of if you have a problem with alcahol or not! I was shocked by some friends of mine whom I considered to be far more mature than myself once when they sat there 4 yr old in the back seat without strapping her in drove drunk to the liquor store. They had the nerve to turn to me later and tell me I had a problem ( which to be fair I was already aware of) I’d put my own life in danger almost killed myself because I was depressed and drunk and couldn’t cope with the loss of someone dear to me. I stupidly tried to burn the house down with me in it. Luckily I had a very real and sobering realisation and put the fire out before it got out of control. But what’s the difference between that and recklessly driving under the influence with a child not even strapped into the car. Just because they were not depending on alcahol like I was does that make them saints and me the sinner? That’s how they made me feel. I was cast out of my job and life I’d made for myself because of them!

  9. Phil 2 January, 2013 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    I’ve decided to quit drinking for good, part of my new year’s resolution.
    I drink every day, lunch times I would do 4-6 cans of beer and if my girlfriend had a bottle of wine open then I’d polish that off too during the day. Then evening I’d either do the same again or worse if we went out for food somewhere.
    I hide a lot of my drinking from family and friends. I’m always nipping to the shop to
    replace the liquor in the cupboard so no one notices. It’s become a bit pathetic.
    Alcohol makes me depressed sometimes, makes me talk too much and argue with my
    girl.
    I’m a musician and everywhere I play there is always free booze on offer so that doesn’t help.
    Alcohol prevents me from studying my instrument during the day and I play much worse when I drink.
    I wake up most days feeling like shit and I sleep really badly. I lose weight because I have no appetite and can’t find any positive reasons for drinking at all
    I wake up most days feeling shitty and the hangovers get worse as I get older.
    I managed to quit for about 6 months once and I got used to it and so did everyone around me so I know I can do it again. Good luck to eveyone out there trying to quit.

    • Canuck 19 February, 2013 at 3:40 am - Reply

      Hey Phil, hope your new year’s resolution is going well. If not, don’t beat yourself up. Just consider the first go as practice and pick a new date. Chinese New Year, someone’s birthday, Easter – doesn’t matter. You obviously thought about why you want to quit drinking. Refer back to that list. The free booze where you play music will be a problem. Does de-alcoholized beer or wine work for you at all? That’s what I take to places where I want people to think I’m drinking so they’ll leave me alone but I don’t want to actually drink any alcohol. Good luck to you.

    • Dan 20 March, 2013 at 3:18 pm - Reply

      Hi Phil, I know what you’re going though. I have had various problems with drink over the years some aspects I managed to control but the drinking continued. I moved abroad to try and escape old habits and i managed to knock some pretty bad shit on the head like the violent blackouts and fits of rage but in the last two years that turned into seeking and hiding alcahol and drinking in the day around friends and later family (once I returned home) I would even drink on the job. Most of the time I’d drink in order to feel or to cure my boredom with life and everyday situations. Things where just more interesting when I was drunk. I’d drink a quite of rum before noon hiding it in grape fruit and drink 5-6 beers after lunch as i deemed it socially acceptable. Then if I’d go out to a restaurant with my girl in the evening I’d always have wine waiting for me when I got home while getting tanked up on liquor and beer at the restaurant. On my working days I’d drink 3-4 beers on my break before going back to work after work I’d have a drink with Co workers and then wine when I got home and usually be hungover for work the following day only to repeat the pattern. A quite night in to me was 8 cans of larger a bottle of red wine and whatever else I could find lying around that I could polish off. My girl isn’t a heav

      • Dan 20 March, 2013 at 3:32 pm - Reply

        …heavy drinker so if we we’re staying in I’d always over compensate the amount of booze needed in order to fulfil my habit without her drinking into my supply without the shops closing so I’d have a bottle of red for both her and one for myself as well as the beers. She would only ever drink one glass so I’d normally drink the remains of her bottle to! All this I deemed normal at the time!!! WTF was I thinking? I lost so much to drink! Good jobs, a chance of a new life in a new country which costed me my amazing girl. In the past I’ve lost friendships, trust and have made a reputation for myself which has followed me everywhere people who I have never meet before know of my exploits which I feel ashamed about! I fucked up really bad one time when I came into money which could have helped me out of a very sticky financial situation at the time..I was board line homeless and in someone else’s country barely legally with no cash to fly home, instead of doing the right thing with that money I spent four nights wining dining and destroying my liver in the company of strippers. Now I’m at a cross roads and the only way to improve myself worth is to walk away from alcahol for good! I haven’t drank now in three weeks! The boredom is killing me! But it’s gotta be done! I have alot to offer the world as i imagine you do with your music and booze is not going to stand in my way!

  10. Paul 8 December, 2012 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much everyone for sharing as you realise from this site that you are not alone. I have often felt that it is only me who has a problem with binge drinking while everyone else can keep it under control. I am 47 and have drunk all my life with occasional binges to the extent that I wake up depressed and ashamed that I cant keep it under control. This is the first time I have contributed to a site and this is DAY 1 as I am determined to try and stop for good. I have a relationship of 16 years and a great partner but the alcohol causes arguments and its a real struggle as rather than supporting me in stopping, the response is that it will be boring if all our friends our drinking and I am not. So its the social pressure I find difficult too and when everyone else is drinking, I find it difficult not to and then it ends up in a binge. Help! Any suggestions welcome but I am determined to get back into the gym, cut out the booze and I hope that if I can stay off it, the good feeling of being in control will help to keep me going. I wish you all well with you own struggles with the demon.

    • Patti 28 February, 2013 at 3:02 am - Reply

      You really care, don’t you! This is going to be hard, but you obviously love your ‘special other’ enough to do it! That alone will give you the strength you need. But be sure to let that person know you will need to lean on them for strength. That way, they can help you with their support, make them feel special because they are helping you get through this and all the while, supporting the love you have for each other. Together, I think you can do this!!!!

  11. Mark 22 October, 2012 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    I drink every night. Sometimes just a few pints, like 6, some times 12pints I also drink a bottle of wine. I hate the fact I drink I hate the fact I have no cash I hate the fact I drink. I hate the fact I drink and the family cant go on holiday. WHY THE FUCK DO I DRINK?

    • Dan 21 March, 2013 at 3:41 pm - Reply

      Only you can answer that my friend. I drink ,or I suppose drunk, to begin with because I was depressed and angry for reasons beyond my knowledge. The last two years or so I’ve been drinking because I get bored easily and it seemingly makes life peachy for a short period but that soon turns to depression because of the booze. Depression never really goes away I’ve just learnt to live with it more managably over the years. Drinking does not help as it is a depressent and can fuel it. Way back when i had real problems drinking would be a way to release all the anger I had bottled up inside me. That was when it was really bad but that I knocked on the head but I started drinking more because I thought that because I’d put the beast back in his cage and let him out at regular intervals in a healthy way that that meant that I was clear to engage in drinking without fear of upsetting anyone. Now I only really upset myself a new demond to deal with. I stated drinking more and more especially when i was living in nz. I lived in paradise on an island in the bay of islands and everybody there was a drunk so i slid under the radar somewhat. I went out there to escape my demonds and in doing so created new ones. I would start most days with a qaut of rum which I’d conseal in grapefruit as to not raise to much susspion. Then by the afternoon I’d drink copious beers as it was deemed acceptable by locals and friends alike. I would continue drinking long into the night hitting the bar for our half price drinks cortiousy of my job. Finish it off drinking box wine or sports or beers or whatever I could get my hands on. The place in question wierdly had a notorious history for being a retreat for drunks and crooks going way back. Darwin had coined the place the hell hole of the pacific. I think the spirit of that town is still going strong today. I had kicked old drinking habits and swopped them for new ones in this place. Though socially acceptable whilst I was there little did I know at the time that these new habits would follow me. I started drinking more than ever but at least I wasn’t violent or nasty anymore…partly the reason I think I began to drink more! I moved to a city afterwards and life there just wasn’t the same a drunk really stood out and a drunk I was. I lost a very important job because of it! Now I’m back in the uk my home,

      • Dan 21 March, 2013 at 3:53 pm - Reply

        …, and its even worse here. My old reputation is still loomimg around and people I don’t even know know of my old exploits and habits which is shameful tbh with you. I have taken it upon myself to quit altogether. Because I do not wanna get lumped with a drinking problem round here because round here it just ain’t no fun! I did start drinking heavily to stop myself from dying of boredom but it’s stumped me and made me really really broke. I order for me to get back out in the world and start living life again I need cash and drinking is a hindrance on the wallet! It’s slowwing me down and i walked out of a good job because I was to shit faced hung over to deal with it! Instead of saving the money I made I drank it all! I’ve gotta stop or else I’m fucked! I don’t consider myself as much of a problem as i once was but any tiny defect is duelly noted by the family as me having alcholism and this is only because currently I am a drain on them both emotionally and financilly. So i know ed drinking on the head I managed 2 and a half weeks with no sweat but last night I really wanted a drink and drunk a bottle of wine.didn’t feel any joy from it…I guess my problem ultimately is boredom.

  12. Brandon 16 October, 2012 at 12:11 am - Reply

    I used to be a weekend warrior, then I started getting bad.. drinking at lunch, spending money I did’int have on credit cards just to get booze…If I try and stay away from Whiskey I just end up drinking an 18 pack but at least it takes longer..it’s become the cause and solution to all of my problems. Now i’ve got no job, a wife that hates me and bills stacking up and all my beer-belly ass wants to do is drink myself to death but I have to Fight on..it happend so quick…but not really it’s been 15yrs coming

  13. Teazy 26 September, 2012 at 10:27 am - Reply

    no longer ‘analcoholic’ but no longer a drinker either! I believe we can go through phases of drinking alcoholically, particularly during times of stress or trauma, this was my experience, however, i saw it for what it was and dealt with it. I cut back to drinking only on weekends, then only on Sat nights and now i dont drink at all..

    I dont agree with a lot of the stereotyping and jargon that goes with alcoholism particularly with AA, and i feel telling someone that they have a disease and will die if they drink again, is pretty damaging and potentially dangerous. Also SOME people who had alcoholic symptoms, can learn to monitor their drinking patterns.

    We need a more positive approach in dealing with ‘problem drinking’ and less of the scary tactics and spiritual ‘teachings’. One has nothing to do with the other.

  14. Dave 9 September, 2012 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Depressed Drinker, De-Stress Drinker, Boredom Drinker and Hedonistic Drinker

    My drink problem started when i had problems with my ex, im over her now, have been for ages but the drinking stayed with me out of habit. Whether i was happy, depressed, excited or bored it all resulted with me consuming alcohol, usually far too much and far too fast.
    I was in denial because my idea of an ”alcoholic” was waking up in the morning with the shakes and reaching for the vodka. I was waking up, going to work for 12 hours and then drinking when i got home – i thought i was in control, i maybe was for a little while but not for long.

    It eventually escalated to the point where i was drinking 2-3 bottles of wine PER NIGHT and within just a few hours. End up either collapsing into a coma or making an embarassment of myself and even losing friends or falling out with family members.
    Luckily for me i dont get physical withdrawal symptoms so its just a case of kicking the habit in my head and refraining from buying alcohol whenever im in a shop.

    • Teazy 26 September, 2012 at 11:04 am - Reply

      Hiya Dave just wondered how you were getting on?

  15. Jay 2 September, 2012 at 12:59 am - Reply

    Help me I’m 28 years old and I need to stop….not slow up, or back off but stop. I work hard and am successful on the outside but inside I’m dying. My day yesterday….to combat the withdrawal from the days prior, consisted of this. In order kinda….4 shots of vodka 2 Heineken 3 pints of beer. 4 more beers a shot of Jameson then into the evening a plethora of and shots. My point is today I hate life oes anyone know how to make this stop. Thanks

    • Teazy 22 September, 2012 at 7:04 am - Reply

      Hi jay, it sounds like you may be suffering from depression, and the alcohol though it may seem to work in the short term will make this much worse.

      I would suggest you start with cutting down, get yourself a doc appointment. It does get better the hardest part is the beginning x

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