In a 2006 the National Survey on Drug Use and Health interviewed 67,500 people regarding their alcohol consumption. More than 50% labeled themselves drinkers. In more recent studies by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, 4% of U.S. citizens are suffering from the symptoms of the disease of alcoholism, with up to 10% prone to the disease without close monitoring and control. So how do we tell the difference between a casual, heavy, and abusive drinker?
Part of the answer lies in how well we can control our drinking. Can we stop ourselves from drinking too much? Is it possible to only have one drink in any given situation? Are we able to determine if one more drink is too many? If you answer no, you may need to take a hard look at your drinking habits with an addiction specialist. Trained specialist assess and address a person’s drinking habits. They can determine if the need for one more drink is alcohol abuse or full blown chemical dependency to alcohol.
It is important to remember that the overwhelming power of alcoholism clouds, distorts, and even destroys the individual’s capacity to assess their own behavior. You or your loved one is in denial about drinking habits. Turning to a professional, either as someone with the problem or as a loved one, can empower you to take control of the disease. Those initial steps are difficult. Find the strength to take back your life from one more drink.
Alcoholism and alcohol abuse are anything but normal. Rehabilitation facilities offer a non-judgmental atmosphere to those struggling with the disease. No matter a person’s background or reasons for drinking, treatment centers offer supportive services aimed at healing patient and family. Call Bradford Health Services to set up your free and confidential assessment.