How Many Drinks Is Too Many?

Many people have a difficult time knowing when they should quit drinking. Some decide ahead of time that they will only have a drink or two, but once they start drinking they simply can’t stop. Knowing your limits is an important tool to prevent addiction or to recognize when drinking becomes a problem.

The General Rules about Drinking and Addiction

There are several paths to alcoholism. Some people binge drink, meaning they intentionally drink enough to get seriously drunk. While this is often the fastest road to alcoholism, it is not the only one. Some people rarely drink to the point of full drunkenness, but they have a few drinks every day and soon discover they cannot go a day without drinking. If you are concerned about your drinking habits, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Once you start drinking, is it difficult or impossible to stop?
  • Have you ever been dishonest about your drinking?
  • Have you ever passed on a once-important activity or event to drink instead?
  • Do you think about drinking throughout the day?
  • Have you tried to slow or stop your drinking but have been able to make it stick?

Whether you have ten drinks per day or one, if you answered “yes” to any of these questions you may have a serious problem that will require professional help.

When Should I Consider Rehabilitation for My Drinking Habits?

Alcohol addiction is a gradual disease that affects a person both physically and psychologically. Excessive drinking leads to spikes in dopamine levels in the brain. The brain and body will crave the intoxicating feeling the dopamine spikes offer, and you will be encouraged to continue drinking. Whenever you get the point where you can’t go without alcohol for days, weeks or even months at a time, you should be concerned about the prospect of an addiction. Depending on the intensity of your abuse you may benefit from outpatient treatment or residential rehab.

The Best Time to Stop Drinking Is Now

If you need help to quit drinking or identify a drinking problem, we are here for you. Our toll-free helpline is staffed by caring, experienced and professional counselors who can answer all of your questions. We are here 24 hours a day, so please call now and get help today.

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