It's not really an addiction . . .
February 2, 2006 8:12 AM Subscribe
I've been drinking for less than a year. Could I still be dependent?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (44 answers total)
Disclaimer: I have read the other threads on alcoholism here, I know about Rational Recovery and all that).
I like drinking. A lot. Ever since I started a little over half-a-year ago I've been drinking heavily (at least 8-10 shots liquor in an hour to hour-and-a-half), regularly (at least four times a week, dependent on whether there's booze in the vicinity), and often alone (but the drinking alone doesn't bother me). If there's alcohol I'm drinking it, and I have yet to be able to stop at one or two drinks. When there's not alcohol I'm wishing there was, and I feel anxious and "off", like something's scratching around in my head. In the past month or so I've been weighing whether I could get away with drinking at work.
After taking a step back, it looks like this might not be normal and is kind of worrisome. What's going to happen when I'm legal and can actually purchase it myself? But I wonder if I'm overreacting or going hypochrondriac--doesn't it take longer than a few months to develop a dependency? I went to an AA meeting but the people there had been drinking for a lot longer than I have.