alcohol consumption, at a level not usually considered problematic, impacts people a lot more than they think it does.

psychologist about alcohol:

Excessive alcohol consumption, at a level not usually considered problematic, impacts people a lot more than they think it does.

Think about cutting down your drink before turning to anti-depressants.

 

 What amount of alcohol is considered excessive?

I had a therapist in the past say that the magical definition of 'alcoholism' is experiencing negative consequences (DWI's, friends and family getting fed up with you, bad decisions). As a former healthcare worker I will add that liver failure is right up there, neck in neck, with cancer as far as worst possible cause of death. So even if there's no social repercussions, the long term damage to your liver will be greatly regretted when it's too late.

    What amount is considered excessive?

 

 

what are negative consequences of alcoholism?

Would you consider a negative consequence being pissed off that you've lost another weekend to hangover? I would say so, yes. I mean, there's not any hard or fast rule. My previous psychologist's definition was vague as to what was a 'negative consequence' but really, that makes sense. It all depends on what a 'negative consequence' means to you. And, also like I said, even if you don't have short term negative consequences...you could still end up with long term negative consequences (liver failure).

 

  • Negative consequences are consequences that impact you negatively. You decide what's negative and what's not. That's why people stay addicts. They decide it isn't negative. I'm one of those people, just in case this comes off too moralistic.

    Negative consequences

     

 

 

 

Moderate drinking is considered 2 drinks a day or less.Just wanted to add that it's 2/day or 14/week for men. And 1/day or 7/week for women. No more than 4 drinks on one occasion for men, 3 for women. "Drinks" are considered one 12oz of beer (5%), one 5oz glass of wine (12%), or one and 1/2 oz of 80-proof liquor. That's important, because that 12% craft imperial stout you're drinking isn't considered one drink.

Moderate drinking

 

diagnosed with severe depression many weeks ago but the doc.wouldnot prescribe anything because of the drinking.

8-10 drinks a day was normal for the 26 year old me for the last 3 years. I'm 20 days sober today, more days than 2016+2017 combined (before my current break). I was diagnosed with severe depression many weeks ago but the doc.wouldn't prescribe any thing because of the drinking. I gotta say to those alcoholics like myself out there: you'd be surprised how much perspective you gain after not being a zombie for the past how ever many days/months/years. I feel great not planning my day around when I get to drink. I feel great being able to go buy an ice cream knowing I don't have to worry about being pulled over or worry about spending tomorrows beer money. I like the energy That being said, it's not easy. It's not easy seeing your friends not enjoy your sober company. It's not easy to not want that "boost" when playing a competitive game. It's hard not talking to "normal" people about it. And it's fun king hard to fill up the time.

the doc.wouldnot prescribe anything because of the drinking.

 

 

after going on antidepressants, I realized how much my drinking had gradually scaled back.

That's good advice. Interestingly enough for me though, it was the exact opposite. I never realized that I was drinking to excess, but about a month or so after going on antidepressants, I realized how much my drinking had gradually scaled back.

after going on antidepressants

therapist against drinking.

 I'm a paramedic and I talk to a therapist semi-regularly to unload about work and life.... and while my therapist won't explicitly say it, she is definitely totally against drinking. Whenever I have decreased my alcohol consumption per her advice, things tend to improve. Makes me wonder why I even drink at all

against drinking

 

dated an insanely heavy social drinker for 6 months

I dated an insanely heavy social drinker for 6 months and it was the only time in my life I attempted to take anti depressants. Though after one pill I felt too messed up and really thought about everything from a rational viewpoint. I Realized alcohol was the cause and laughed at my stupidity and the common sense of the connection. He was also on loads of anti depressants and alcohol was probably the cause for him too. We didn't last much longer cause that lifestyle truly is a dark vortex. I have kids now and haven't drank in ages. Feel fantastic.

that lifestyle truly is a dark vortex

 

a lot of people don’t realize that they are functioning alcoholics


also a lot of people don't realize that they are functioning alcoholics, like basically when you get to the point where you can't deal with emotions without alcohol that means that you're a functioning alcoholic, and it's a really slippery slope to full on addiction to it