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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by sbstudley, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. sbstudley

    sbstudley

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    What is the definition of an alcoholic? I struggle how this applies to different people. What say you?

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  2. M2 Carbine

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    My unscientific definition is some one that can't go for some days or weeks without having a drink.

    Or someone that is allowing their drinking to adversely effect their life, like their job, or the ones around them, especially loved ones.
     

  3. Glock&KimberLady

    Glock&KimberLady Morior Invictus Silver Member

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    Someone who can not let a day pass without having a drink. Someone who NEEDS, rather than enjoys alcohol. Someone who lets alcohol ruin their life, their job, their marriage, their relationship with their family. Someone who knows alcohol is wrecking their life and still continues to drink.
     
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    I think one can be alcoholic without knowing this.
     
  5. sbstudley

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    If we could agree on a statement that would define an alcoholic, what would it look like?

    "Someone who drinks everyday"
    "Someone who drinks alcohol and has relational problems"
    "Someone who denies that drinking is a problem"
    ???

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  6. failsafe

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    Alkies, some tend to take the easy way out, blame other's for their shortcoming's..Just get a little "buzz" and think they can stop at that..

    By my defination, it is a person that react's diferently when sober or buzzed, an alcohol imballance..Some people just have alcholol intollerence..Wack job right of the bat..

    I ain't pointing no finger's..I enjoy a couple of pop's and I could very well fit into someones defination of a alkie..:upeyes:
     
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    While I was an alcoholic who wouldn't miss a day, there are alcoholics who are bing drinkers who can go weeks without a drink.
    That said, April 2 will be 18 years sober for me!
     
  8. Glock&KimberLady

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    After watching my brother destroy his life and lose everything he ever cared about (and try his damndest to take my dad and me with him), I'm pretty sure I know an alkie when I see one. Don't think I could give a concise definition, though, because as schild noted, they are all different.

    Then you've got your "dry drunks", alcoholics who aren't drinking but are getting loaded other ways (weed or prescription drugs, for example).
     
  9. geofri

    geofri Poikilotherm™ Lifetime Member

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    Its different for everyone I think. My father was(still is) an alcoholic for years and year before I ever knew it. I had almost never seen him "intoxicated" yet he drank almost daily at home(after work).
     
  10. PuroMexicano

    PuroMexicano VIVA MEXICO !!!

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    Alcoholic is for alcohol consumption only, weed or drugs are DRUG ADDICTS. ;)


    An alcoholic is a person whose life, be it emotionally, physically, or any work related gets negatively affected by the consumption of the alcohol.
    e.g.'s
    Someone who does not go to work, has liver damage, gets in accidents, gets his friends or family in trouble, all because they got drunk.
     
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    geofri Poikilotherm™ Lifetime Member

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    +1

    "alcohol dependent" is another way to think of it, that isn't as strong a term, but its really the same thing.

    also, keep in mind it may not negatively affect their life for quite some time. some people are able to keep up the image for a loooong time.
    My father was never late to work, never missed a day to alcohol, he kept it up for ages, until little stuff piled up and piled up and he finally couldn't keep up anymore.
     
  12. G30SF/F-250

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    You people dont have a clue. I read through the replys quickly and didnt see a right answer yet!:upeyes:
     
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    Alcoholic = A person that NEEDS / REQUIRES a drink.
     
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    this.
     
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    Alcoholics are people who go to meetings and talk about alcohol while drinking coffee.
     
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    :rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
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    My definition of a alcoholic is anyone who

    1. having problems at his/her place of employer due to alcohol;

    2. having problems at home with his/her family life due to alcohol;

    3. he/she is having problems with the police due to alcohol;

    Any one or combination of the three IMHO that person is an alcoholic.

    The same applies to marijuana(Man, it's only weed!), pills, or other drugs Rx or illegal.
     
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  18. PuroMexicano

    PuroMexicano VIVA MEXICO !!!

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    Care to show us the truth instead of a negative comment?
     
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    Drinking everyday does not make you an alcoholic.
     
  20. G30SF/F-250

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    I am a "functioning alcoholic"; pretty good at it, and I know better than to try to plea a case when I am under the influince. When I sober up and go to work I will answer your question at my first break or before my work day starts. I am not trying to be negative with my comments but all the responces looked like BS and if the OP wanted a real answer; it hasent been posted yet.