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The Normal Drinker, The Heavy Drinker, And The Alcoholic Explained

by | Nov 19, 2018

Drinking alcohol is becoming more common among younger generations. Some are normal drinkers, and some are heavy drinkers while some become addicted. Have you ever thought what the difference between an alcoholic, a heavy drinker, and a normal drinker is?

Normal Drinkers:

Drinking alcohol can cause health problems for all types of drinkers. However, a normal drinker’s body will never become reliant upon alcohol which doesn’t ring true for the heavy drinker or alcoholic. Normal drinkers have the ability to go long periods of time without drinking alcohol while the heavy drinkers and alcoholics cannot live without having a glass of alcohol for an extended period. They do not have a mind which obsesses over drinking and has the ability to drink appropriately.

People who like to occasionally have a glass of alcohol right after dinner, enjoy having a small quantity at a bar or in a nightclub, those who drink a glass to enjoy their prom party, those who arrange a wine corner at their wedding or those who just drink to enjoy the company of good friends falls in the category of normal drinkers. It is not necessary for this category of drinkers to consume alcohol daily to function mentally and physically. Often when they order a full glass at a bar, they will be content drinking only half. Normal drinking can cause some problems on occasion such as missing a class, missing a flight or not making it to work on time.

Heavy Drinkers:

The heavy drinker’s body gets used to alcohol and demands enough quantity on a daily basis to function properly. Their mind will become obsessive if they are unable to consume alcohol. Heavy drinkers take more alcohol than the recommended amount. Their body, and often their mind, functioning properly purely depends on alcohol. Their tolerance level is steadily becoming greater and greater.

Most heavy drinkers will crave a bottle of liquor. Heavy drinkers, unlike alcoholics, do have the ability to overcome drinking on their own if a sufficient enough reason is presented to them in their life. As has been seen in films, the hero quits drinking because the person they fall in love with desires they stop. Family, love, relationships, and children are those strong human connections that the heavy drinker will willingly detox from alcohol if necessary and, unless this connection is lost, will never see the need to pick up again.

Hopeless Variety Alcoholic:

The hopeless variety or real deal alcoholic will mimic the heavy drinkers use and function of alcohol, but exist with one drastic difference; regardless of any sufficient reason an alcoholic will have presented to them in their life to put down the drink including love, children or medical necessity they will be incapable of putting the drink down and leaving it there for good. The hopeless variety alcoholic has a mind that obsesses over alcohol and cannot respond to reason. For example, a person with the unconditional love for their child is told if they choose to drink they will never see their child again. The heavy drinker will have the ability to choose the love for their child over alcohol. The alcoholic, however, cannot respond to reason and the mental obsession is so intense they will tell themselves they have no choice but to pick up the drink. At that moment, consequences are non-existent. They are powerless.

The alcoholic has a body with an allergy to alcohol meaning they have an abnormal reaction. Once they consume one drink, they set off the allergy, and they are unable to stop without a sufficient force such as detox or jail. They are overwhelmed by feelings of restlessness, irritability, and discontentedness until they are once again allowed to consume alcohol which has become the solution to their underlying emotions. For the hopeless variety alcoholic the solution to the drink problem typically lies in their ability to seek help from a fellowship who have shared experiences and in something greater than human power. History has shown that the love being both given and received is not enough for the alcoholic to get sober and stay sober.

Quitting alcohol addiction:

Quitting alcohol addiction is difficult, but the real challenge is getting sober and staying sober. Real determination is essential if you want to stop drinking entirely and remain sober. Changing where you work and the people and places you tend to spend time around may be of necessity. If you refuse to change your behavior staying sober will prove difficult, if not impossible. It is more comfortable to get back to old habits and behavior rather than sticking to your goals. It will be necessary to leave your drinking friends and make new ones which may prove uncomfortable at first, but essential and worthwhile. Sticking to a daily routine, especially in early recovery, will prove beneficial to your sobriety. Engaging in physical activities, such as jogging, can be immensely helpful as well. After all, this is a disease of the mind and the body.

There are several types of retreats available for recovery from alcoholism. Retreats may be chosen based on your current situation. They may be for mind, body, and spirit. Retreats may offer yoga classes and practices, alumni lectures, and outdoor exercises. In retreats for the body, the main focus is the body craving for alcohol. The cravings an alcoholic endures is always stronger than their willpower. Hence, this intense craving can be solved through the twelve steps in retreats. Spiritual retreats help to cut the negative thoughts, destructive thinking, and hopeless state of mind. We can now spend our time on spiritual activities and helping others as opposed to our past destructive behavior.