This is a sensitive subject – not sure the true reason for even wanting to write about this except my purpose of this blog is to write about ‘my life’. Drinking is part of my life and I know some readers of my blog are going to completely disagree with this post.
Here it goes –
I mentioned in my post ‘Addictions or Habits or Routines’ that I have these addictions: alcohol, nicotine, tanning. Alcohol has been in my life for many years; there are times I would drink a great deal, then stop completely only to start again. This on and off drinking habit has been around for about 40 years now, since my teen years. Now, currently, today I drink daily because I am addicted to alcohol or I have a habit of drinking and then stopping and starting drinking again or I like the routine of drinking.
I do not necessarily concern myself with my drinking mainly because it is my life, my body and I am able to make decisions about me that affect me. I know the consequences of long term alcohol consumption, yet I continue to drink. I am a responsible drinker in that I do not drink and drive – I have a designated driver available to me or I do not drink when I know I will be driving. I also wake every morning bright and early ready to take care of my daily responsibilities and I do not think about when I will have my next drink. My drinking time usually starts around 4:00 in the afternoon and continues till bedtime, usually 9:00-10:00 pm. So am I an alcoholic?
Here are excerpts from The NIH (National Institute on Health) website about ‘Drinking Levels Defined’ –
Binge drinking as a pattern of drinking that brings blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels to 0.08 g/dL. This typically occurs after 4 drinks for women and 5 drinks for men—in about 2 hours.
Heavy drinking as drinking 5 or more drinks on the same occasion on each of 5 or more days in the past 30 days.
Low Risk for Developing an Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD):
For men, it is defined as no more than 4 drinks on any single day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Research shows that only about 2 in 100 people who drink within these limits have an AUD.
Ok, there you have it; I am in the heavy drinking category and have AUD. On the NIH site I read some questions to ask to assess oneself with AUD. Of the 11 questions they asked, I answered ‘Yes’ to 1 question.
I ask again “So, am I an alcoholic?” I guess I may be per the definition of the word – but I answered ‘Yes’ to 1 question indicating I have AUD – I understand the effects of heavy drinking – but I continue to do it anyway.