If you are struggling with determining if you are alcoholic or not; observations from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous may help:
There are Three Types of Drinkers
1) Moderate drinkers have little trouble in giving up liquor entirely if they have good reason for it. They can take it or leave it alone.
2) Hard drinkers likely experience mental and physical impairment which may result in slightly early death. If a sufficiently strong reason-ill health, falling in love, change environment, or the warning of a doctor-becomes operative, this person can also stop or moderate alcohol use.
3) Alcoholic drinkers have evolved to the point of losing control over liquor consumption.
If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit entirely, or if when drinking, you have little control over the amount you drink, you are probably alcoholic. If that be the case, you may be suffering from an illness which only a spiritual experience will conquer.
Adapted from Pg… 20-21 Big Book AA
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