After looking up the definition of alcoholism, I steeped back and gave it a serious thought…
Alcoholism, which is also known as “alcohol dependence syndrome,” is a disease that is characterized by the following elements
- Craving: A strong need, or compulsion, to drink.
- Loss of control: The frequent inability to stop drinking once a person has begun.
- Physical dependence: The occurrence of withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety, when alcohol use is stopped after a period of heavy drinking. These symptoms are usually relieved by drinking alcohol or by taking another sedative drug.
- Tolerance: The need for increasing amounts of alcohol in order to get “high.
I have never felt this craving for booze, never woke up and thought about having a drink. I thank god for this. If I just stop to this first point, oh well I should not have a problem.
Now comes the second point: Loss of control “The frequent inability to stop drinking”. Unfortunately I relate to that. How many times i JUST went on even though I was already pissed. “Normal” people stop when they feel they have been too far. The thing is, I can’t feel the limit, I ll go until I reach the dark side, when it s time for my dark passenger to come out, and everything becomes fuzzy.
Regarding the physical dependence, I never felt the need to drink to stop anxiety attacks.
As for tolerance, mine was never really high I would get the buzz after a 2 or 3 beers.
Now the question is: If I can tick one of these points does it mean that I am an alcoholic. I think so…
What about you? What do you think?