I recently began abusing alcohol for escapism after being raped. I was wondering what the stages of developing an addiction is, like at what point are you an alcoholic versus abusing alcohol. What are the signs, how can I tell where I am at. I am having difficulty understanding at what point I am at. Of course I should just stop drinking if I'm questioning it, since I'm questioning it maybe that means that I shouldn't drink anymore? I would love some advice and insight so I can help myself not develop this addiction. My life is hard enough already, which is such a vicious cycle because when life is hard, alcohol helps you not feel anything. I'm up to drinking about a bottle or a bottle and a half of wine a day. Is that is crazy of me, because I don't feel like it's a lot?? It's how much it takes for me to be able to sleep and survive all the anxiety and fear I feel from being abused and raped my entire life at various times. Am I even making sense?
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