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How Casual Drinking Leads to Alcoholism

How Casual Drinking Can Lead To Alcoholism

There are many myths surrounding alcoholism and how casual drinking can lead to alcoholism. For example, many people think that they can’t become alcoholics if they exclusively drink beer. Others think an occasional glass of wine won’t lead to addiction. It’s important to understand that hard liquor isn’t the only substance that can lead to alcoholism.

Different Types of Alcohol Addictions

There are three main types of alcohol addictions; beer, wine, and hard liquor.

Beer Addiction

Beer seems safe when you compare it to other types of alcohol. Beer is a social drink, one people often consume during sports events and while listening to live music. This makes a beer addiction seem harmless under the shadow of hard liquor.

It’s true that beer has low alcohol content when you compare it to other types of alcoholic beverages. Its alcohol by volume (ABV) is two to twelve percent for most brands and. The vast majority of beer labels only have four to six percent alcohol. But beer still can lead to alcohol addiction, especially when someone is drinking for a longer duration. 

Other problematic behaviors that can lead to beer addiction include drinking as a social crutch and to avoid boredom, regardless of time of day or present company.

Wine Addiction

Wine alcoholism can be confusing. On one hand, health-oriented articles call wine “good for you.” On the other hand, wine can be just as dangerous and also lead to alcoholism. The key to wine, like any alcohol, is drinking in moderation.

The alcohol in one average glass of wine equals a full pint of beer. Like beer, people often drink wine in social settings. Doing so, however, can lead to alcohol addiction. This is especially true if you drink to calm your nerves or boost your mood. Additionally, If you find yourself drinking excessively while alone it may also be time to seek help.

“Hard Alcohol” Liquor Addiction

Hard alcohol, known as liquor, including vodka, gin, whiskey, rum, and tequila. When you compare liquor to beer and wine, liquor is the most potent form of alcohol. Most people mix liquor with soda, water, or juice. By doing so, they don’t realize how much they’re drinking per serving unless they’re taking “shots.” Drinking liquor early in the day, at the end of each day, or in large volumes several times per week increases the likelihood of alcoholism.

How Binge Drinking Leads to Alcohol Addiction

Although people drink this way to feel like they’re having more fun, binge drinking is actually alcohol abuse in one of its most dangerous forms. Binge drinking is a common activity in certain social groups. College students, sports fans, nightclub goers and others may drink five or more alcoholic drinks within a short period of time. This is considered binge drinking. Unfortunately, drinking in excess like this can lead to alcoholism, or worse, death.

No matter what type of alcohol addiction you or a loved one is suffering from, help can be found at First Step Behavioral Health alcohol rehab in Florida. Our state of the art center has helped thousands of people find an alcohol treatment plan to help kick their addiction for good. Give us a call at (888) 972-8513 or contact us online today 

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Originally posted by 1st Behavioral Health

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