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Alcoholism is one of the oldest forms of addiction in the world. There’s a reason for that. Drinking alcohol can change the way our brains work, making us engage in reckless behavior even against our better instincts. But no one needs to go through that alone. 

Whether you are suffering from alcoholism or watching your loved one struggle with it, you’ve come to the right place. The following frequently asked questions are a great starting point to begin moving forward. All of these answers can help provide the foundation for a better life.

For Alcoholics:

The next five questions are the most commonly asked questions for anyone worrying about alcoholism. You might wonder how to tell if you have a drinking problem. Or maybe you need to know how much is too much to drink in one day. You can find the answer to these questions as well as a few others here. No matter what you learn, take the problem seriously. Recovery is a difficult road, and you can’t start it without first making a few changes in your life. If you are having a hard time deciding where to start, please give us a call: (918) 779-0011

What Happens if I Get a DUI?

Being arrested for driving under the influence is a harrowing experience. If you already suffer from alcoholism, things will become far more complicated than they were before. That’s because most states are anything but lenient when it comes to DUI. Here are the facts.  

When a police officer pulls you over for a DUI, you will take a field sobriety test. Then, the officer will take you to the nearest jail (or police station) for booking. Booking includes fingerprinting and taking your mug shot. If you’re lucky, a friend or loved one can come and pay bail for your immediate release.

But many states now mandate a minimum amount of jail time for each sentence. Meaning you might need to serve one or two days in the jailhouse before they let you go.

In every state, you will lose driving privileges upon conviction. The judge might grant you a hardship license, which gives you the ability to drive to work only, but this is never guaranteed. In addition, you will end up having to pay off a fine if you are convicted.

As you can see, drunk driving is never worth it. Alcoholism increases the risk of a police officer arresting you for a DUI. But you don’t have to accept this a certainty. You can call us instead: (918) 779-0011.

How Do I Know if I Have a Problem with Alcohol?

One of the foremost symptoms of addiction is denial. If we were always able to figure out that we were walking into addiction, we would simply turn around and avoid it altogether. But nothing works out like this in the real world. That’s why it can be challenging for anyone to realize when we have a problem. 

Addiction is a disease, and it’s one any person can catch. According to the DSM-5, America’s manual of psychological disorders, doctors classify alcoholism as a form of substance use disorder. Here are its symptoms.

  • consuming more alcohol than you planned
  • worrying about being able to quit drinking
  • spending an excessive amount of time partying
  • failing to meet your duties at work or home
  • getting cravings
  • continuing to drink even when it harms your health
  • drinking in dangerous situations
  • continuing to drink even when it hurts your loved ones or friends
  • cutting back on your hobbies so you can party more
  • building a tolerance to alcohol
  • going through withdrawal whenever you stop

If at least two of these 11 symptoms apply to you, you might suffer from alcoholism. Thankfully, you don’t need to make that determination on your own. Give us a call, and we can discuss how bad the problem is: (918) 779-0011.

How Many Drinks Per Day Is Too Much?

There are many answers to this question. The simple answer is this: it depends. If you do not show any of the symptoms from the DSM-5’s entry on substance use disorder, then you might not be an alcoholic. Nevertheless, you can still abuse alcohol as a substance. 

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a report released by the CDC, advises us to drink in moderation. By their standards, this means one to two drinks per day. (More precisely, that’s one drink for women and two drinks for men.) But this isn’t the upper limit. This is only the recommended amount.

In fact, you shouldn’t be drinking more than four or five drinks per occasion. You might assume you can “save up” your drinks by not drinking on other days, but this isn’t true. Consuming more than this is binge-drinking. 

Binge-drinking is a form of substance abuse. All forms of substance abuse increase the risk of dependence and addiction. If you worry about your binge-drinking habits, please reach out. Our phone number is (918) 779-0011

What Is the Recovery Rate for People with Alcohol Addiction? 

Recovering from alcohol addiction is rough. Let’s be honest; the statistics for successful recovery are not perfect. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a possibility for healing. In fact, your only chance to get better is to try, and in many cases, you can become sober if you use the right treatment.

According to at least one AA membership survey, 22% of AA members are sober for 20 years or more. But there are other things to consider here too. First, not everyone who gets sober belongs to AA. Second, those who did become sober through AA might have stopped attending meetings.

We do know one thing, however. Whether you choose to attend AA or not, the most effective form of treatment is behavioral therapy and rehab. We can help you find and finance those options if you want. You can call us at (918) 779-0011.

Can You Have Fun and Enjoy Life without Alcohol?

Absolutely. Many people believe you can’t enjoy life without alcohol, but this is a flat-out myth. In fact, many of us have made the jump to sobriety and never even bothered to look back.

One way this manifests is through your personal health. Studies have shown that sobriety results in better-looking skin and healthier weight. Doctors have linked heavy drinking habits to inflammatory skin diseases like psoriasis. And drinking fills the body with empty calories. When you give up drinking for good, the new “you” will undoubtedly improve your quality of life.

Plus, sobriety results in improved sleep. Scientists have shown that improved sleep can raise our mood and make us happier and healthier.

If you want to know about other activities that go with a sober lifestyle, reach out to us. We are open to giving you a consultation and helping you find another way forward. Call us: (918) 779-0011

For Loved Ones:

If you worry your loved one might be an alcoholic, then the answers to the following questions will certainly help you out. The next five questions are frequently asked by those of us who have had to watch our loved ones work through recovery. Please read them and then decide how best to proceed. Above all, you should encourage your loved one to seek help. If you need to know what kind of support is available, please contact us. Our number is (918) 779-0011

What Are Some Signs that Someone Is an Alcoholic?

At the end of the day, finding out if your loved one has a drinking problem is the first thing you need to do. But many times, alcoholics don’t want to admit they have a problem. We call this denial. So, you will need to try to find out if your loved one has a problem on your own. 

As we stated above, one of the best ways to do this is to check their behavior against the DSM-5. The DSM-5 lists all psychological disorders. One of these disorders is substance abuse disorder, and it has 11 symptoms. Those symptoms are as follows: 

  • consuming more alcohol than you planned
  • worrying about being able to quit drinking
  • spending an inordinate amount of time partying
  • failing to meet your duties at work or home
  • getting cravings
  • continuing to drink even when it harms your health
  • drinking in dangerous situations
  • continuing to drink even when it hurts your loved ones or friends
  • cutting back on your hobbies so you can drink more
  • building a tolerance to alcohol
  • going through withdrawal whenever you stop

If your loved one exhibits at least two of the eleven symptoms, they might be an alcoholic. The next step is to try and convince them to talk to a doctor and consider the possibility that they may have a drinking problem. If you have any questions about this process works, you can call us at any time: (918) 779-0011

Can You Force Someone to Quit Drinking Alcohol?

Let’s be clear. Maybe it’s possible to “force” an alcoholic to quit, but the chances are not high. In fact, you’re more likely to make things even worse than they were to start with.

When it comes down to it, alcoholics are regular people suffering from a terrible disease. You can’t really force them to give up drinking any more than you can force someone to give up on the flu. But you can try to help them take responsibility for their own health. Just like you can encourage someone with the flu to see a doctor. The best way to do this is to try and talk to them and express your concern about their health.

A sincere conversation can go a long way to making your friend or loved one see the reality of the situation. But before you begin the talk, have some idea of what treatment is available. It might even help to have a specific clinic or therapist in mind. We can point you in the right direction. Feel free to call us to find out more. Our number is (918) 779-0011

Can an Alcoholic Quit on Their Own?

Sometimes they can, and sometimes they can’t. Often, even if they have the ability to quit drinking on their own, it will be one of the most challenging things in their life. That’s why it is always the best choice to seek help straight from the beginning.

In this respect, drinking is no different from any other form of substance abuse. Repeated substance abuse changes the physical chemistry of the brain. This is especially true for the part of the brain that gives us self-control. Scientists have known about this for a while. It’s visible even through brain imaging. 

So the best bet is this: Never assume someone can beat an addiction on their own. Chances are good they won’t be able to do it. Instead, start looking into different forms of behavioral therapy and counseling. We can help show you what you need to succeed. Reach us at (918) 779-0011

How Much Is Too Much for Someone to Drink?

As we pointed out above, the CDC’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans claim that drinking one to two drinks per day is acceptable. Doctors call this “drinking in moderation.” But this doesn’t mean you can avoid drinking all week and binge later on.

We collectively refer to this as binge-drinking, and it is another dangerous form of substance abuse. Why? Because the sole purpose of binge-drinking is to get drunk. This can often lead to an increase in tolerance and, eventually, physical dependency. It can also lead to addiction.

In general, drinking more than four to five drinks per occasion is binge-drinking. (Typically, this means four drinks for women and five drinks for men.) The more you drink on any given day, the higher the risk for alcoholism becomes. If you need more information about the dangers of drinking excessively, call us at (918) 779-0011

Where Can I Get a Free Consultation and Some Advice?

There are many different places to go for advice. Many of them are helpful, and others are not. In general, you will need to do your own research to figure out what’s best for you.

You might seek out an organization like Alcoholics Anonymous or Alateen. You can also take your loved one to their primary care doctor to get advice on what to do next. But more often than not, you will also need to find some form of behavioral therapy or counseling to rectify the problem. Using all of these together can help you get a good grasp of the situation at hand.

We can help you as well. Our clinics and therapy programs are scientifically supported. Our highest priority is making it easier for your loved ones to return to a normal and happy life. Feel free to call us: (918) 779-0011

Call Today

Now you have the information you need. We won’t lie to you; recovery is not going to be easy. But the benefits far outweigh the difficulty. If you need help deciding your next steps, you can call us for a free consultation. We are available whenever you need us. Call us: (918) 779-0011