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Old 02-24-08, 07:40 PM
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When do you consider someone to have a drinking problem?

When do you consider someone to have a drinking problem?
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Old 02-24-08, 08:05 PM
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What if they don't feel the need to drink everyday, but once they have one, several follow? and they lose absolutely all sense of judgement, do stupid things, and then wake up the next day not remembering a single thing about it?
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I guess when someone needs some to have a fun time. They can't go out and enjoy themselves without drinking a few.
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Old 02-24-08, 08:16 PM
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There's a self-survey tool call the Short Michigan Alcohol Survey Tool (SMAST). I could type it up tomorrow unless someone can find it online. Basically, if you answer yes to two questions you have a borderline alcohol problem, three or more you definitely have a problem.

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And there we go.
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When do I consider someone to have a drinking problem....when their drinking gets in the way of using drugs!
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drunks drink to get drunk and don't want to quit

alcoholics go to meetings and want to quit
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When you tell them there will be no alcohol served at your wedding, they decide not to come.

With me it wasn't so much wanting to drink all the time but not wanting to stop once I started. Even if I had something to do in the morning, I would just keep drinking until I ran out or passed out.
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when you hae to ask if someone has a drinking problem the y have a drinking problem.
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Old 02-24-08, 09:41 PM
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Anyone who has two arms and only one mouth has a drinking problem.
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Whoo-hoo! According to that test, I do not have a drinking problem!

I'll drink to that!
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When do you consider someone to have a drinking problem?
When you actually considered using their blood to fuel your car.
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Old 02-25-08, 05:55 AM
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When they can't afford alcohol.

AA is for quitters,
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In the clear, w00t! It's a good thing I didn't take this test 20 years ago.
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Old 02-25-08, 08:15 AM
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When do you consider someone to have a drinking problem?

When drinking is their main priority in life.

I know someone that had 2 DWI charges, lost their license for 10 years, and was on probation (probation meaning no alcohol allowed at all for 1 year and was forced to go to alcohol rehab classes)

Getting in alcohol related trouble for him meant immediate 2 years in prison.

Dipshit went out drinking every night after those classes he was taking. Got arrested for a drunk in public and is now serving his 2 years.

That is an alcoholic, when someone is willing to risk everything for a drink.
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Old 02-25-08, 11:48 AM
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This test is worded horribly.

1. Do you feel you are a normal drinker?
Whats a normal drinker? Everyone I know drinks more than me.

2. Does your spouse or parents worry or complain about your drinking
Not married, parents not around.

3. Do you ever feel bad about your drinking?
See next question.

4. Do friends or relatives think you are a normal drinker?
No, my brother always tells me I'm a pussy for not drinking enough.

and so on...
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Originally Posted by Strafe
This test is worded horribly.

1. Do you feel you are a normal drinker?
Whats a normal drinker? Everyone I know drinks more than me.

2. Does your spouse or parents worry or complain about your drinking
Not married, parents not around.

3. Do you ever feel bad about your drinking?
See next question.

4. Do friends or relatives think you are a normal drinker?
No, my brother always tells me I'm a pussy for not drinking enough.

and so on...
More problems with #2 and #4: one of the factors that could indicate a drinking problem is drinking alone / drinking secretly.

If that's true, it's likely that friends/familiy may not even know the extent of the drinking to be able to give an worthwhile answer.
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Why is drinking alone bad? Or do you mean getting drunk alone?

There are scientific studies that say having 2-3 drinks a day will make one (on average) live longer than drinking more or not at all.
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Originally Posted by Strafe
This test is worded horribly.

1. Do you feel you are a normal drinker?
Whats a normal drinker? Everyone I know drinks more than me.

2. Does your spouse or parents worry or complain about your drinking
Not married, parents not around.

3. Do you ever feel bad about your drinking?
See next question.

4. Do friends or relatives think you are a normal drinker?
No, my brother always tells me I'm a pussy for not drinking enough.

and so on...

Actually not. If you are in the counseling field, this is validated self-survey tool. You must've missed the self portion of my post. While they may not make sense to you, they are perfectly acceptable in a person determining if they have an alcohol problem.

1. This question deals with whether or not the person is willing to admit they have a problem.

2. Just because you aren't married or don't have parents around, doesn't mean others don't. Often family members and spouses are the first to notice a problem.

3. If you feel bad about your drinking, it generally means you have a problem.

4. See #2.

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When do you consider someone to have a drinking problem?
When they won't get the next round.

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