How much can you drink, not to become an alcoholic?

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"I know its the norm." How often can I hear this phrase during feasts. However, often it turns out that the rate at this guest — a loose concept. Is it possible to compare the two men drinking together and say — this one is drinking a lot, but this one — in the normal range? It appears possible. In drug treatment there is a classification of domestic consumption of alcohol, depending on thequantitative and qualitative the relationship between humans and spirits.

Crafted of all 5 groups: abstinent, casual drinkers, moderate drinkers, drinkers systematically and habitually drinking.

Abstinent, as the name implies, do not drink alcohol. There is also a non-drinker physicians include those people who drink a glass of champagne at New Year, March 8, and her own birthday. These figures of alcohol consumed can be safely ignored.

The reasons for the "dry" behavior a lot, but they can be arbitrarily grouped into three areas: biological, medical and behavioral. Biological reasons — is alcohol intolerance at the level of the body. For example, the so-called inversion of intoxication, when after the adoption of the "chest" mood does not improve, but rather decreases sharply, down to depression. Or when alcohol is not digested by the body in a very real sense — as a food ingredient, and any contact with alcohol gives a detailed picture of poisoning.

A person can notdrink in Health ("wants, but can not"). This can be a serious medical illness or condition after craniocerebral injury or neurotic hypochondriac disorders in humans.

A person can also choose a sober lifestyle quite deliberately ("may, but does not want to"). Often, this option is common in children raised in families withalcoholic father (Of course, with such a negative attitude towards the father). A significant role to play and a strict upbringing, including religious.

However, if the circumstances will force, the abstinent can and drinking. Especially, if so accepted in the social sub-group, not to be "black sheep". Get drunk they are usually poorly, keeping control of himself in any situation. In the end, are abstinent some a good reason to give up drinking, while not dropping out of the team, often referred to mythical or real existing disease.

Accidentally drinking call people who drink up to a maximum of 250 ml of vodka a few times a year, but not more often than once a month. In general, this group is attached to alcohol is quite late, and the particular need for alcohol do not feel, do not consider it "delicious." In a state of intoxication, they usually do not experience pleasant sensations, so do not seek to increase the dose or drinking more often. Typically, these people drink "because it is accepted", and are limited to the observance of the ritual. Usually the morning after accidentally drinking feast feel very bad — as a psychological and a physiological sense. All this leads to the fact that a35-40 years they add a cohort abstinent, becoming a staunch opponents of drunkenness around them, disgusted mind intoxicated by the smell and fume.

Moderate drinkers — This is the most controversial group. As we have already mentioned, the differences in the definition of moderation, as well as the utility of moderate drinking in the medical world are still a matter of debate. According to Russian canons to moderate drinkers rank of people who use 100-150 vodka ml (but not exceeding 400ml) 1-4 once a month.

The most important difference — this group is experiencing the pleasure of alcohol, intoxication is accompanied by a rise in sentiment, and to pig squeal such people do not get drunk. Spontaneous desire to drink normally does not occur, but if there is a reason — be assured, that moderate drinkers will be initiated feast. And most of all, all this is done in an informal group — the next classmates, colleagues, a group of friends, and is associated with a whole string of rituals and traditions.

Alcohol is almost never becomes the main value in the lives of moderate drinkers without changing the structure of the needs and motivations of the individual. Although alcoholic need for constant repetition of scenes (for example, the traditional Friday night gatherings in beer) may occur.

But for the systematically drinkers alcohol plays in the lives of already significant role. This group includes people who use 200-300 ml of vodka (but not more than 500 ml) 1-2 times per week. Doctors call it "alcohol accentuation of character." Indeed, familiarity with alcohol occurs at a younger age, there is a desire to "get drunk" as quickly as possible. Intoxication with such an attitude to alcohol is very pronounced, with complete loss of self control and antisocial acts.

The whole system of life values initially alkogoltsentrichna, the drinking begins in years15-16 and quickly formed a need for alcohol. Such people are often the initiators of booze, searching for any of the a little bit convenient excuse (up to Bastille Day). Systematically drinkers drink a lot and having fun, experiencing discomfort in the morning only if very sorted out.

In the end, these people alcohol is very quickly becoming the main interest in life, and they move to the next category.

Habitual drinkers — Consumed 500 ml of vodka and a few more times a week. These people need alcohol quickly formed and there is a symptom of the desirability of alcohol abuse, knowingly habitual drunkenness doctors call predalkogolizmom. The desire to drink arises whenever this is possible. The suppression of this desire is given with great difficulty, and accompanied by a decrease of mood and malaise. Increased tolerance to alcohol — each time to achieve the necessary standard requires all large doses.

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There are neurological and psychiatric disorders — sleep is upset, decreased self-criticism (the exaggerated role of the drinking of others), there is a progressive degeneration of the individual. Alcohol is the main and only source of pleasure in life, dramatically narrows the range of interests, family and work are secondary or even the tenth plan.

Once the desirability of alcoholism becomes compulsive, once lost quantitative control of alcohol consumed (the infamous "norm"), once a person loses the ability to give up the booze — you can talk about the formation of alcohol dependence and, therefore, about alcoholism.


Is it possible to prevent the degeneration of domestic drinking in the disease? It is possible. But this requires a lot of effort — both the man and his family and friends. The further the process went, the more difficult to pull out of the slough of alcohol is often required by a skilled specialist therapist. But as long as there has not formed a physical dependence on alcohol, it is possible to return to a normal life of a person with little or no loss to his health. Provided, of course, that new life will become the norm absence of alcohol.

Is it possible tosomehow, at least approximately, to assess the severity of their relationship with alcohol? It is possible. There are special tests, questionnaires. They also exist inonline embodiments, for example, the translation of the very popular Drinkers Checkup placed on a special page of the site

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