Re: i can't drink in moderation, does that mean i'm a alcoholic?
It's hard to tell without knowing you and seeing exactly what is going on. I often don't drink I moderation, but I'm far from an alcoholic. Let me explain.. I'm young and just drink when I want to relax and have a good time. I often don't just have a few drinks.. I would always drink to get drunk. I'd often get sick from it because I kept going when I should have stopped. Now, I'd only do that once a week tops. And recently, maybe only once a month, and I have less than I used to. I am a very healthy person and watch my calories, so I don't drink just for the taste, I drink at parties and to have fun. I used to not really have fun without it because I would feel like the only one sober, but now I've realized that I have just as much fun either way.
I know some alcoholics. These are people who really can not go without drinking. They feel like they always need it. They often drink every day, every night. Many of them act completely different or get angry, not just happy and silly like my friends and I. Sometimes they do it from depression or just from not being happy. I think the only TRUE way to tell if you have a problem with alcohol is to talk to somebody about it. There are many counselors who talk to people with alcohol problems who can help you determine if you are in danger of alcoholism. Or you can just think about it yourself... is it interfering with your life? I've had those nights when I did dumb things or forget what happened, but I was able to move on.. but if it starts creating serious issues and you feel like you can't stop, it sounds like a problem.