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When Does Social Drinking Escalate to Alcoholism?

Signs Your Drinking Has Worsened

A lot of adults consider getting drinks with friends a major part of their social lives. Unfortunately, a problem can arise when things get out of hand and you imbibe more than is safe and controllable.

In order to get the help you or a loved one needs, it’s important to be able to recognize the signs that social drinking has escalated to alcoholism.

You Drink More in a Certain Time Period

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, low-risk or social drinkers are those women who consume no more than 7 drinks per week/3 drinks per sitting or men who consume no more than 14 drinks per week/4 drinks per sitting.

If you find yourself consuming more than the safe number of drinks within a specific time period, it may be time to consider if your drinking has worsened. This can be especially true if you’re drinking every day.

You Blackout Often

While blacking out once or twice is unhealthy, to begin with, if you’re consistently impairing your memory and judgment due to how much you’re drinking, you’re putting yourself at considerable risk for alcohol addiction and dangerous health issues.

You Drink Even When You’re Alone

Social drinking is just what the name implies: drinking in a social setting. Although it’s alright to have a drink with dinner when you’re home, if you’re drinking at the same pace as you would in a social setting, you may no longer have control over your drinking.

You Drink Heavily Before You Arrive at a Social Setting

In order to drink safely and not put yourself at risk, you shouldn’t be drinking before you get to an event. “Pre-partying” can cause you to overindulge and, if those habits continue, struggle with alcohol abuse.

You Can’t Control Your Drinking

One of the key signs of alcoholism is the inability to control how much you drink and when to stop drinking. If you cannot limit your drinking when you’re in a social setting, feel the need to always finish your drink (or even someone else’s), or increase your drinking after attempting to slow down, you may suffer from alcoholism.

Alcohol Addiction Treatment in Arizona

If you are struggling with an addiction to alcohol, there is hope. At Decision Point Center, we use proven and effective techniques to help patients overcome their dependence on alcohol and regain their lives.

We are here with the therapies you need. Contact us today to begin your recovery.

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