All alcoholics start as social drinkers. How do I know? Besides logic, I was a social drinker who became an alcoholic. Now, as a counselor for both in-class and online alcohol classes I see first-hand how social drinking is the gateway for everyone who eventually develops a drinking problem.
The million-dollar question is when does social drinking turn into a personal drinking problem?
As a recovering alcoholic I can tell you from personal experience that alcoholism snuck up on me. I was going along just fine never realizing the increase in my alcohol intake until it was a serious problem. Despite what you might think, I was not in denial for very long. I just never considered that my social drinking meant I had a drinking problem.
This is the second in a series of blogs examining the nature of social drinking. We will use real-life experience, from my own drinking as well as those of some of my former students.
The overall theme of these blogs will be to expose social drinking as the path toward alcoholism.
If you or someone you care about, or drink with socially, may have a drinking problem, I encourage you to seek help as soon as possible. An alcohol class is a good place to start. If you prefer anonymity, there are online alcohol classes too. Please click here to find out more.