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Old 11-25-2014, 05:52 PM
Location: Purgatory
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I'm very glad and very surprised this study was published. Too many people scream "alcoholic! " when people are merely "alcohol users." This is ESPECIALLY TRUE in those ~17 to 25 when they are using alcohol in an "age appropriate" way which does not interfere with their work, studies, etc.

It is very frustrating to see the definition of "alcoholic" and "alcohol dependent" being misused all over the Internet. But I see it misused in clinical practice and on psychology message boards almost just as much if not more. So many people, including professionals, are quick to label a kid who got drunk one time as "dependent on alcohol." This is Ridiculous and also shows our society's moral biases.
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Old 11-25-2014, 10:58 PM
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
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You're either alky or you're not. You cannot drink yourself alcoholic.
OK so I always thought one could and did. I thought some people were susceptible while others not. So if we are born alcoholic and we never drink a lot, what happens?
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Old 11-26-2014, 09:57 PM
Location: The 719
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Well let me ask this, How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?

I have no experience being a teetotaler, but I hear they exist. Could some of them be potential alky? I suppose.

If someone is alcoholic or potential alcoholic, by definition, they cannot pull off "never drink a lot. If you're alcoholic, you either drink alcoholically or you abstain. This much I know. Audrey Kishline found this out the hard way.

I also don't know if alcoholics are born that way or if they "cross the line" somewhere. I drank socially until the age of 10 myself. Is the condition 100% genetic or is the physiological condition more complicated than that? I'd like to know the answer to be honest, but I'm not gonna waste much time tripping on it or anything because it does me no good going down that rabbit hole.
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