Studies have shown that if a person regularly drinks more than two drinks per day that they could have an alcohol problem.
When many of us think of alcohol abuse, the worst case scenario comes to mind. We envision an alcoholic who has lost all concept of everything around them and live for the next drink, just as a drug addict would live for their next fix.
What many do not realize is that there is a difference between alcohol abuse and being an alcoholic, although if left untreated, alcohol abuse almost always eventually leads to alcoholism. For those of us who are the parent, child or loved one of someone who is abusing alcohol there are steps we can take to help the person in question.
*** The term alcohol abuse occurs when a person’s alcohol consumption becomes a problem and begins affecting his life in a negative manner. ***
Generally a problem drinker may not see his alcohol consumption as a problem.
This person may find himself binge drinking, drinking and driving, in an alcohol related accident, or even it could start as subtle as affecting his school or work performance.
Generally, a problem drinker may not see his alcohol consumption as a problem, and more often his idea of “drinking in moderation” is defined as his consumption level is becoming like the norm, even if it isn’t for the rest of us.
The key with being able to help anyone who is abusing a substance, be it alcohol or drugs is that the person first needs to understand that a problem is present. Often times, a small intervention by family or friends, which could include a trained professional, will help the person realize when comparing to the “norm” that they do indeed have a problem. It is important for the abuser to see the impact that the alcohol abuse is having on the family. It will help him to confront the situation head-on and realize that it is not just his life who is being affected, but those who love him as well.
* We cannot force a person to admit that has a problem.
If the addict is not willing to listen and is in denial, all we can do is continue to try to encourage him to seek help. Also, if the person is receptive to the fact that he has a problem, it’s important to get him into a rehab program which will successfully treat him for alcohol abuse and the underlying issues which are the cause of the alcohol abuse in the first place.
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