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The Difference Between Mild or Moderate Drinking and Alcohol Addiction?


Alcohol is a very large part of our culture and social interactions. If you find yourself drinking on many occasions you might wondering what the difference between mild, moderate, and heavy drinking is as well as what constitutes alcohol addiction that needs treatment.

Mild to Moderate Drinking

Mild drinking is having one drink every once in a while. This could be one drink on the weekend with friends or a glass of wine one to two times a week with friends. Many people are only mild drinkers and are rarely seen as being drunk.

Moderate drinking is having one drink a day for women or two drinks a day for men, according to the Centers for Disease Control. This means that you have a drink or two every day but are still rarely seen as drunk.

Heavy, Excessive, and Binge Drinking

This is where the problems begin. Excessive or heavy drinking is a woman who has more than 8 drinks per week or a man that has more than 15 drinks per week. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, binge drinking is when a person has more than 4 drinks on any occasion. Most people who do this are alcohol dependent and are in extreme danger of having an addiction to alcohol.


Alcohol Addiction

Someone who is alcohol dependent is not necessarily addicted to alcohol. In order to be considered an addiction, the alcohol has to interfere with your daily life. You are addicted to alcohol if:

• Upset your friends and family with your drinking
• Miss work or are late to work because of drinking
• Lose your job, home, or license because of your drinking
• Lose time or black out due to your drinking

All of these are signs that you are suffering from an alcohol addiction and need treatment as soon as possible. Fortunately, there are several alcohol addiction treatment methods that can help you onto the road to recovery.

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