When Does a Wine Lover Turn into a Wine Alcoholic?
For many people, a glass of wine after a long, stressful workday helps them reset their minds for the next shift. For others, happy hour with friends is a great way to self-soothe and get in some much-needed socialization time. Indeed, a majority of the population enjoys wine in a responsible fashion; however, when a person begins to depend on wine to get them through the day or becomes unable to socialize without drinking, the line between “wine enjoyment” and “wine abuse” begins to blur.
What Does Wine Addiction Look Like?
Wine, obviously, contains alcohol. The wine alcoholic, therefore, will suffer many of the same symptoms of the alcoholic who prefers beer or hard liquor. Wine addiction symptoms include:
- Inability to take care of responsibilities. Those with wine addictions may neglect other obligations, such as work or family matters, to consume or work on obtaining wine. In extreme cases, they may spend so much time inebriated that they fail to hold a job or parent their children, altogether.
- Being unable to change their drinking habits. A wine alcoholic may know that their habit is not a good one, and they may attempt to cut down on drinking. However, all these attempts will end in vain, and the struggling wine alcoholic will end up right back where they started.
- Building up a tolerance. Wine addiction often will result in a tolerance to alcohol; that is, a wine alcoholic will need to drink progressively more to achieve the same mind-altering effects.
- Being unable to control the quantity of alcohol consumed. A wine alcoholic may sit down with full intentions of only drinking a glass but end up consuming much more than anticipated.
- Ignoring negative outcomes of drinking. A wine addict may develop physical or mental illnesses that stem from their drinking problems. They may acknowledge the direct connection between these problems, but they will be unable or unwilling to stop drinking.
Wine addiction can go unnoticed longer than other types of alcohol use disorders; the drink’s elitist connotations might mean that excessive use doesn’t turn as many heads. However, at the end of the day, wine addiction is alcohol addiction, and getting prompt treatment is just as important for wine abuse as it is for any other kind of alcohol abuse.
Where Can the Wine Alcoholic go for Help?
A traditional twelve-step program might be the first thing that comes to mind for the struggling wine alcoholic, but these programs tend to do more harm than good. For one, they place blame on the wine addict for their own condition instead of addressing the unbalanced brain chemistry that truly is at fault. Strangely enough, too, these programs require that the struggling individual place their own destiny in the hands of a higher power instead of taking control of their own health. These two requirements combined create a paradox that makes sobriety almost impossible and relapse almost inevitable.
A struggling, hurting addict deserves lasting sobriety through orthomolecular medicine. If you’re tired of the failures of traditional treatment programs, or you simply are in search of a true recovery, contact Health Recovery center today to begin.