Skip to comments.Most problem drinkers not alcoholics, CDC reports
Posted on 01/07/2014 7:02:10 PM PST by RoosterRedux
At least 38 million U.S. adults drink too much, and most of them are not alcoholics, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
For every one person who is alcoholic there are about six who are problem drinkers, drinking enough to adversely affect their lives, their health, their work situation or family situation, CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden said.
Three-quarters of Americans who drink too much are considered binge drinkers. This includes men who consume more than four alcoholic drinks in one setting and women who consume more than three.
But excessive drinking can also include high average drinkers (men who consume more than an average of two drinks per day or 14 per week and women who average more than one drink per day or seven per week). Any alcohol consumed by pregnant women, people under the age of 21 or people driving cars or operating heavy machinery is considered too much, Frieden said.
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Shocker! How much did this stupid study cost us?
I am not a bing drinker, but I have a problem with alcohol.
This is my 2014 resolution to stop all alcohol consumption.
I am not an alcoholic but there are times I think that might be easier.
I have a drinking problem...and I want to overcome it.
How long is a “setting?” What if one has six drinks through 6 hours? Does that make someone an alcoholic, or a binge drinker?
You can do it if you want to do it.
Get some help and good luck.
I like sobriety...I like being sober for days on end.
I think I am at the end of this rope.;-)
The expert is no longer around to ask.
He died at his home in Hyannis Port, Mass. at age 77 in August of 2009.
It’s not what you drink or how much you drink, it’s what happens when you drink.
I am doing pretty well...
But you know, your point is well taken.
Serious drunks realize they have a serious problem...moderate drunks can lie to themselves forever.
My cases of tall-can Busch Light days are over :-)
It’s not what you drink, how much or how often you do. It’s what happens when you drink that matters.
If you wake up next to a strange chick that has facial hair, you probably have a drinking problem.
When will they figure out the same regarding most problem drivers?
I was witha gf for several years who was a Case Study for alcoholism.
And I mean that she, and then and her entire family were part of a 20+ year research by a gal at IU.
They got a lot of data outta her, I can tell you.
Serious drunks tell their first lie to the person they see every morning when they look in the mirror.
Hey, it worked with hand guns, didn't it?
I have been pushing myself to eat/drink as healthily as possible, including not drinking alcohol. It is not easy, but reading the Psalms and the passages on God's holiness helps me a lot to try to stay on the straight and narrow.
I guess so.
But all folks who drink get a new personality when they drink.
Life is easier and looser and more fun.
The problems start in about 40 years. Sometimes less.
Gotta manufacture more criminals.
This is about personal wars.
Many drinkers can take it or leave it, they feel no compulsion, they just like drinking. They can quit with no withdrawal symptoms.
Maybe. But I don't trust a branch of an entirely out-of-control nanny-state to define when drinking is a "problem". I bet if I heard their definition it wouldn't be anything I'd recognize as reality.
Finding problems that need solved is how you justify more money and people for your agency.
Three times now I’ve woken up on a train headed in the wrong direction.
I was asking those questions as scientific questions, not if they would pertain to me.
You’re not kidding.
I used to think I was an alcoholic. Now, I can afford it.
Unfortunately, no. "Unmet needs" is the bitcoin of the beltway, and they have people dedicated to mining for them.
Best of luck to you and admitting that you have a problem is a great step forward. Best wishes.
I find that substituting a good hot tea for wine works well when I want to cut back. I think I like the idea of drinking a glass of wine more than I actually like drinking it. I can’t stop at one, always at least 2. It’s like potato chips, so I find that just not having any makes me feel so much better the next day.
I think I am ready!
I think I am ready!
You can do it! God bless you.
But then I am back here again.
Four beers in one sitting makes you a binge drinker? LOL
Damn, I better admit myself in the morning.
Thx Mears...and going to start tomorrow.
I can see why people slide into alcoholism (especially women) once the children all leave. Suddenly you don’t really have to get up early anymore etc, so you think I’ll have one more and one more then the next day is ruined. Fortunately I like to exercise, get up early and feel good. I have a family member that has been a pretty bad alcoholic for 30 years so I try to watch it.
Your Home/About page is very good and inspiring. You’re already on the right track, friend.
I wonder how many studies of the general public's private lives it take to classify a public agency as a binge busy-body, strike that, a stone cold drunk mauler of good decent people who relax in their homes with family and friends...
I want to devout my life to God all the time (and I hope he is ready for my mistakes).
And I fully support that.
Nobody should be doing things that interfere in other people’s lives negatively, whether they are drunk or sober.
Alcohol can obviously be abused. I don’t want to see it affect people negatively.
I do believe that it is a part of a healthy lifestyle when used in moderation. I don’t think four beers is a good idea on a steady basis, but I’m not going to label it as a major problem if someone drinks four beers during a sitting.
I have been known to drink 14x12oz beers over seven hours. At the end of the seven hours I was relatively sober. I was walking normally, talking normally, and didn’t bother anyone at all as I slept on the sidewalk. (not really) LOL
Different strokes for different folks.
I am a happy drinker. I have a few drinks and I laugh and have a good time with others. Some folks have a few drinks and get violent. That person needs to stop drinking completely.
I’m in a similar boat! I love to drink wine but I find it disrupts my sleep. I too find that stocking up on tea or decaf coffee give me an option to drink something in the evenings instead of snacking or drinking wine.
“Thx for that. I have been to AA and they said “you aren’t an addict.”
NO ONE is AA has the right to judge you. Get to a different meeting. I can’t believe anyone said that to you,but there are jerks everyplace.
If you DECIDE to do it, you WILL do it.
I don't and will never believe it's outside one's control or that one must accept a "higher power" to stop drinking. It's a choice, like overeating or smoking.
You'll make it. :)
I am a happy drunk. But I want to be sober, not drunk!
Becoming an alcoholic can be a slow process. Upwards of 10 years or more. If you feel you need it to handle daily life, then you have a problem.
I lived with an alcoholic gf for one year. She was a drunk from the age of 13 in a family with an alcoholic father and older brother. I had to realize it was her choice to live or die. You won’t love someone into getting help. The last service I did for her was have her arrested under an order of protection. She sobered up in jail, got the proper meds she needed all her life for depression and has been sober for 3 1/2 years.
She thanked me for saving her life but I told her that was her ultimate doing. I just gave her a shove.
I’m just glad I’m not visiting her in the cemetery. We both have our own lives now but remain friends.
The absolute madness of watching someone commit slow motion suicide leaves a mark on you. I’ll never think about alcohol the same way again. As the one who was sober throughout all of it, I get to have the bad memories of it all. Working through that now and I know I’ll be fine. It’s boundaries and choices.
This article is crap. No one has a right to say one is, or is not, an alcoholic — except the person in question.
I understand that. You’re doing exactly what you should be doing. It’s your life. You have determined what is best for you, and I couldn’t be happier for you.
I don’t drink like I used to. I was drinking too much. It wasn’t necessary. There were some underlying things going on. I wouldn’t urge others to do what I did.
It is true that I used to be able to drink a steady supply of beer and still maintain, but you don’t need to do that to be happy, or enjoy yourself. And that is the real kicker for me.
If you want to drink, have a couple and then one later if you want. If you don’t want, then don’t.
If you’re happier without drinking, I’m all for it.
I do get nervous when another busy-body government agency tries to develop the information to help us.