I hear people talk about alcohol in glamorous ways. The fine wines in the tasting rooms of Napa Valley, pints at microbreweries, and Champagne in upscale restaurants are consumed to celebrate achievements in life. When does drinking become a problem?
One way to define addiction is when one continues to drink even though alcohol is creating problems. Ten percent of American drinkers consume more than 70 drinks a week on average. Do you drink more than ten drinks a day routinely?
What about those people addicted to alcohol who do not drink so heavily? A maintenance drinker is an alcoholic who consumes in a very controlled way. A binge drinker is someone who periodically drinks too much, sometimes with embarrassing behavior as a result. A dry drunk is a physiological alcoholic who no longer touches alcohol; yet the thought disorder which underlies addiction remains unchecked.
Please watch this video by Dr. Jerry Callaway on alcoholism and other drug addiction: