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I know that this could become a problem but... - January 29th 2015, 03:05 AM

I have only had alcohol a few times in my life. My parents let me try a sip of wine, gross. My parents let me try a sip of beer, also gross.

Then I tried another type of alcohol and it wasn't bad. I had it again on another occasion, just a few sips both times, mind you I also tried two other types of alcohol on this day and it left me wanting more. This was somewhere in the range of December 22-24th, I was with family so there was no way of getting drunk.

On New Year's Eve I got buzzed for the first time. I liked it and we plan on doing it again sometime.

Maybe a week or two ago I tried a different type of alcohol for the first time mixed with a non-alcoholic beverage and I liked it. So, I gave money to my friend who has an of-age connection and bought some. I have already drank some of it and while I wasn't blackout drunk or anything I definitely felt its effects.

After the time I tried alcohol in December I got a lot of cravings for more right after.

Alcoholism is genetic in my family. My grandfather had it and apparently so did all his brothers. Two of my aunts have it. One of my aunts doesn't keep alcohol in the house because she knows she will drink it. My dad isn't an alcoholic because my mom monitors him closely.

I plan on buying more alcohol once this is out, if my friend lets me. I've only drank it once and made a small dent. My friend said I put as much alcohol into my cup as her father who is a heavyweight does. I have already thought to myself that I could easily bring this to class but I doubt I'd actually do that.

Am I already showing signs of alcoholism? Could this be a problem already? :/ I'm not doing it to cope. I just...like it I guess.


   
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Re: I know that this could become a problem but... - January 29th 2015, 09:28 PM

Everything Dezie has said applies to me too. Don't know if alcoholism runs in my family, though.
   
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Re: I know that this could become a problem but... - January 29th 2015, 11:27 PM

OKAY, so I have some updates.
I got drunk for the first time last night and jeeeesus fuck, that is not something I want to do again. The hangover was terrible. I missed class. I'll see him during his office hours and if he asks I'll say I had lady problems. It's not an entire lie.

But, does that necessarily mean I'm NOT an alcoholic, because I don't want to get to the DRUNK stage? I'm deeefinitely not drinking for a while because the thought of drinking right now makes me want to puke, but I'd be open to getting BUZZED often.


   
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Re: I know that this could become a problem but... - January 29th 2015, 11:46 PM

Alcoholism is tricky. You can really tell that you're starting to get hooked when you use alcohol as an outlet for something like stress or sadness. If you use it as a coping mechanism or emotional comfort, then your risk of becoming dependent on it will increase dramatically. Also, are you drinking by yourself, or socially?

I personally don't see any qualms with social drinking. You got drunk, but now you know your limit and how bad a hangover feels :-P However, I hope your of-age friend is careful when they buy you alcohol, as the police in our state are cracking down on that big time.



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Re: I know that this could become a problem but... - January 29th 2015, 11:59 PM

Well, this time I was alone unless you count online friends.
The other time I got buzzed it was socially.


   
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Re: I know that this could become a problem but... - February 2nd 2015, 03:08 AM

Honestly I've never really understood why drinking alone is supposedly worse than social drinking. Having done both extensively, I feel that social drinking can be more of a coping mechanism (coping for social anxiety, most often) as well as unhealthy competition ("let's see who can drink the most," etc.). Alcoholism is obviously something to watch out for, especially if it runs in your family. It's good that you don't enjoy getting drunk. Aside from potential immediate consequences, such as alcohol poisoning and terrible hangovers, the long term effects of binge drinking are pretty terrible. I personally became depressed and suicidal after a solid year of excessive drinking multiple nights per week in college. Many alcoholics have it considerably worse than I did.



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