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    I`m I an alcoholic??
    tembleque posted:
    Hi everyone, im 43 years old and I drink ocassionally but when I do most of the time I lose control and don`t know when to stop until is to late and I`m already drunk, when my friends or family try to tell me to stop I start yelling at them and tell them to leave me alone I `ve insulted some of my best friends and family members when I`m drunk. I want to stop drinking alcohol PERIOD I dont want to see another drink in my hand but its so hard for me to do, I`m I an alcoholic? Please help.

    matt31415 responded:
    Hey there. I am also having problems with alcohol. I think what you have trouble with is called binge drinking. There seems to be two types of problem drinking--drinking with too much frequency (every day) or (as in your case), when you do pick up a drink (though it may be just on occasion), you drink until you're really drunk.

    THere are psychiatrists who are addiction specialists who have a number of options to help you. Aside from counseling, they can prescribe you medication that can help you stop drinking. One drug is called Antabuse. It basically makes you sick when you drink, which often makes you develop an aversion to drinking. Another drug is called Naltrexone or Revia, which can actually curb your cravings for alcohol.

    I'd highly recommend talking to your doctor and looking up a psychiatrist with a specialty in addictions in your area. They should be able to help.

    If not there are many inpatient/outpatient facilities that may be able to help you get sober. After that you may want to start attending AA meetings to help you stay sober for the long haul. This is what I'd recommend since you say you want to stop drinking for good.

    Good luck, my friend. Hope this helps.
    Anon_158160 responded:
    It sure sounds like your drinking is affecting your relationships, and that is a sign you could be alcoholic. I suggest you honestly answer "the 20 questions" and then take the steps necessary to help yourself.
    1. Do you lose time from work due to drinking?
    YES __ NO __
    2. Is drinking making your home life unhappy?
    YES __ NO __
    3. Do you drink because you are shy with other people?
    YES __ NO __
    4. Is your drinking affecting your reputation?
    YES __ NO __
    5. Have you ever felt remorse after drinking?
    YES __ NO __
    6. Have you ever got into financial difficulties as a result of drinking?
    YES __ NO __
    7. Do you turn to lower companions and an inferior environment when drinking?
    YES __ NO __
    8. Does your drinking make you careless of your family's welfare?
    YES __ NO __
    9. Has your ambition decreased since drinking?
    YES __ NO __
    10. Do you crave a drink at a definite time?
    YES __ NO __
    11. Do you want a drink the next morning?
    YES __ NO __
    12. Does drinking cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
    YES __ NO __
    13. Has your efficiency decreased since drinking?
    YES __ NO __
    14. Is drinking jeopardizing your job or business?
    YES __ NO __
    15. Do you drink to escape from worries or trouble?
    YES __ NO __
    16. Do you drink alone?
    YES __ NO __
    17. Have you ever had a complete loss of memory as a result of drinking?
    YES __ NO __
    18. Has your physician ever treated you for drinking?
    YES __ NO __
    19. Do you drink to build up your self-confidence?
    YES __ NO __
    20. Have you ever been to a hospital or institution because of drinking?
    YES __ NO __
    What's your score?
    If you have answered YES to any one of the questions, there is a definite warning that you may be an alcoholic.
    If you have answered YES to any two, the chances are that you are an alcoholic.
    If you answered YES to three or more, you are definitely an alcoholic.
    (The test questions are used at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore, MD, in deciding whether or not a patient is an alcoholic).
    Betty Ford Center
    A Thomas McLellan, PhD responded:
    You have come to an important point in your life - your drinking is not making your life better, it is clearly making your life worse - and I also sense that you are worried. If your gut is telling you to worry, do not ignore it!
    I would first advise you stay away from the people places and things that have been part of your "alcohol-using life."
    There are now more types of help available than ever before, and most are more accessible to you than ever before. The easiest, most accessible and most affordable (FREE) is AA. Counseling with a professional addictionologist is also an option. However, if you find that your best efforts to help yourself with only modest assistance do not work, that is a very clear sign that you need professional, specialized help. That help comes from an alcohol/drug treatment program.
    Whatever you do — meetings, counseling and/or treatment - don't drop out. There are over 20 million people in long term recovery from serious substance abuse. and you could be the next one!

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