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Alcohol Use Disorder, or AUD, occurs when problem drinking becomes so severe that an individual carries an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use despite its consequences, including social, occupational, or health impacts. To be diagnosed with AUD, individuals must meet certain criteria outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Anyone meeting at least two of the eleven qualifying criteria during the same 12-month period can be diagnosed with AUD. Take the “Am I Becoming An Alcohol Quiz” above.
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Colorado Data Suggests Alcohol is a Big Problem
The National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse reported in their 2018 survey that almost 90% of the adults surveyed reported drinking at some point in their lives. More than half have had a drink in the last month. American alcohol sales have increased by 55% in a year. Statistics in Colorado paint a grim picture of individuals suffering from AUD. Did you know?
- More than one in four Denverites binge drinks.
- In 2018, more than 10,800 people came to the Denver Health emergency room for an alcohol-abuse-related issue.
- Colorado alcohol-related deaths rose 57% between 2005 and 2017.
Am I Becoming An Alcoholic Quiz and Questionnaire
Alcoholism doesn’t typically happen overnight. Instead, people who begin drinking socially or recreationally may, in time, find themselves drinking larger amounts more frequently. It can be difficult to assess whether or not alcohol is a larger issue simply because substance use and abuse can look different for everyone. Some individuals may feel they can function in daily routines, whether work, school, or home life, yet still have an uncontrollable urge to drink.
How Much is Too Much?
According to The National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, moderate drinking is no more than three drinks on any one day and no more than seven drinks per week for women, and no more than four drinks a day or fourteen drinks per week is low-risk for men.
If I Drink Every Day, am I an Alcoholic?
Not necessarily. You can be considered a moderate drinker if you have a drink or two a day and no more than seven to fourteen a week. However, studies have shown that while the frequency of drinking is often a telltale sign of a much larger problem, it’s more important to define why you drink. For example, drinking to relieve stress may indicate that you’re self-medicating with a highly-addictive substance.
I Go for Months Without a Drink – Does that Make me an Alcoholic?
Just because your drinking doesn’t occur for weeks doesn’t mean you might not be an alcoholic. Binge drinking is also a sign of out-of-control alcohol consumption. The Centers for Disease Control found that six Americans die daily from binge drinking. Still, some people go through periods of heavy binge drinking but don’t ultimately face alcoholism long-term. According to the American Addiction Centers, approximately a quarter of people who binge drink will eventually be diagnosed with alcohol use disorder.
Are Warnings from Friends and Family Signs of Alcohol Addiction?
Alcoholism impacts close personal relationships almost immediately. Often, friends and family are the ones that begin to notice slight changes in behavior or thought patterns when it comes to alcohol consumption. Alcohol.org points out that concern of family, friends, and coworkers is one sign of out-of-control drinking.
The Cost of Alcohol is Becoming a Financial Burden
Alcoholism costs individuals, workplaces, and communities. The societal costs of alcohol misuse averages to around $807 per American citizen.
My Doctor has Warned that My Drinking is Affecting My Health.
Your doctor is right. Addiction Centers list over two hundred problems and alcohol-related diseases:
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Memory loss, Dementia
- Shakes and Seizures
- Digestive disorders
- Restless leg syndrome
- Hearing loss
- Blurred vision
What Are the Signs of Becoming an Alcoholic?
Because alcohol is widely accepted in society, it can be difficult to understand when social drinking becomes problematic drinking. For this reason, it’s important to understand the signs of becoming an alcoholic. Are you wondering whether or not drinking is getting out of hand, or if it’s even crossed the line of the problem? Here are some clear warning signs:
- You are drinking more than planned – this may happen periodically, but when it becomes habitual, it may indicate a larger issue.
- Time spent drinking – if most of your time is dedicated to holding and consuming alcoholic beverages, it might be worth a closer look at cutting back.
- Tolerance has increased – if you’re able to consume more drinks before achieving the usual buzz, it could suggest your brain is adapting to alcohol consumption, even in drastic amounts.
- Craving alcohol – even when you’re not drinking, if you crave a drink, it may cause concern.
- Giving up other activities – alcohol should never interfere with your hobbies, lifestyle, or family and personal obligations.
- Relationships suffering – loved ones are often the first to spot tell-tale signs of becoming an alcoholic. If your relationships are suffering, examine them closer.
Other reasons to consider are your general health and well-being. If you’re drinking for social engagement, it might not suggest a problem. However, suppose you’re drinking to cope with mental health issues like depression, anxiety, PTSD, or other conditions. In that case, it’s worth taking the time to identify those triggers and why alcohol seems to be the answer. For help, take our alcohol addiction quiz above.
What Happens in an Alcohol Addiction Treatment Program?
Those suffering from AUD or alcoholism experience different issues. That is why co-occurring treatment programs are most effective. These dual-diagnosis treatment options attempt to identify the underlying cause of alcohol use and focus on treating that issue while also addressing physical and mental addiction to alcohol.
AspenRidge offers a variety of treatment options. With your therapist and your family, you can decide which will best meet your needs. AspenRidge provides the following program delivery models:
- Day Partial Hospitalization (PHP)
- Day Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
- AspenRidge REACH Online IOP
- IOP for Professionals and Working Adults
- Outpatient Program
- Alumni & Aftercare Program
The partial hospitalization intensive in-patient residential care is a five-day-a-week residential treatment. You will be at home in the evenings and on weekends. This day program assists clients in developing healthy coping skills that replace the use of alcohol in dealing with stress and other issues.
Our AspenRidge intensive outpatient program meets during the evening for therapy programs. Clients can remain involved in work and family life.
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