4 Things You Get Wrong About Alcoholism

It Isn’t About How Much You Drink

Each body is different. There are national guidelines as to what constitutes too much alcohol in one sitting, but there are so many factors which contribute to what gets a person drunk. Alcoholism isn’t even about how much you drink to get drunk and how often you get drunk. Instead, alcoholism is a matter of being physically and psychologically dependent. The body becomes completely in need for alcohol to be present in order to function. Binge drinkers and problem drinkers, who drink heavy loads of alcohol, still might not be alcoholics.

Most Alcoholics Can’t Have Just One

When a friend or family member is unsuspecting that a loved one might be an alcoholic, they usually respond to the statement with surprise. Unfortunately, such comments can be detrimental to an alcoholic who, despite their admission, truly does not want to have a problem with alcohol. Words like, “you don’t look like an alcoholic,” “you don’t get that drunk!” and “can’t you just have one?” can cause someone to doubt their attempts at sobriety, causing them to be vulnerable to relapse. If people who develop alcoholism were able to control their drinking they wouldn’t have developed alcoholism. Again, it isn’t about just how much you drink. Rather, it is the fact that once an alcoholic has just one drink, they must have another, or many more. There is a psychological and physical craving which takes over.

They Usually Know They Have A Problem

Denial is a common story in alcoholism. Drinking is such a normalized and even sensationalized part of our culture, as well as cultures all over the world. Asking oneself, “Do I have a problem with alcohol?” usually means there is a problem with alcohol. Whether or not that problem is fully developed alcoholism depends on the severity of chemical dependency. The truth is, that people who do not have a problem with alcohol, are not quick to contemplate whether or not they might.

It Isn’t A Choice

Picking up a drink is a choice. Continuing to pick up a drink despite negative consequences in life, the result of too much drinking, is also a choice. However in alcoholism that choice is compromised. Alcoholism is not a failing of good decision making on the personal account of the individual. Instead, it is the failing of damaged cognitive functioning due to the chemical alteration of the brain. Alcoholism is not a personality disorder, it is a brain disorder. The neuroscience model of addiction has proven that alcoholism changes the way a person thinks and functions.

When it comes to alcoholism, there is a lot to know. If you are the friend or family member of someone who is struggling with alcohol, call Lakehouse Recovery Center today. Our residential treatment programs are perfect for providing excellent care and the skill building clients need to learn how to enjoy life again without alcohol.  877.762.3707.