Am I an alcoholic?
October 28, 2011 6:22 AM Subscribe
I have 2-5 drinks per day. Am I an alcoholic?
For years I have wondered whether or not I have a drinking problem. This is a very real concern of mine. I am 30, I am a loner, and I care very much about my health. I quit smoking 3 years ago. I am vegetarian and I cook most of my meals - I eat primarily vegetables, and I go raw more often than not.
But I drink a lot. Generally, it is like this:
A glass of wine with lunch.
A glass of wine with dinner.
2-3 more glasses of wine (the bottle opened at dinner is often emptied) as the night progresses; most often I am reading a book as I drink.
I also drink four to six liters of water per day - an excessive amount, but I think it is because of all the wine. I don't like being drunk and I don't like being hungover. But I love wine, I love being tipsy, and I love just holding the glass all night long while I do other things.
I don't feel like alcohol impedes my life. But I worry about my health, and I worry that, perhaps it does impede my life and I just don't admit it to myself. I get real lonely sometimes and I don't go out; I just have another glass of wine and keep reading my book. I think I'd drink less if I had a girlfriend, but then again, I don't know if I drink too much anyways.
Thanks for your advice.