Yes, yes...I'm aware of most of the symptoms of alcoholism..the cravings, the loss of control, the secrecy, the physical and mental desire and need for the drug, levels of tolerance, and symptoms of withdrawal...but what "else" defines an individual as an alcoholic??? I've gotten 3 DUIs (2 in 2002) and (1 in 2004) and, as result, I've gotten in big trouble. I've never considered myself to be an alcoholic - it was just never an issue...yes, I partied...Mardi Gras, Friday and Saturday nites, for example. But that was just typical, hanging out...not alcoholism - at leat that's what I believe. I feel that my trouble has been lack of common sense and tons of stupidity as well complaceny with the law, I guess. I've never blacked out, to my knowledge, I don't crave the drug, I don't feel I need it (although I enjoy drinking, when the mood hits me), and yes, I was stupid enough to drink and drive...but that was the norm for me...I've always been an ultra independent person and always wanted to come and go as I wanted and not have to wait for someone else to take me home or being taken home when I wasn't ready to go..so, yes, I would drive myself wherever I wanted to go, whenever and that's how I got into the trouble I'm in now. As a result, I've gotten these 3 DUIs and am now a felon...I was ordered to do 1 year house arrest, to keep from going to jail, and 30-days inpatient treatment program, plus 1 year aftercare. But let some of the people in treatment and some of the couselors tell it...all of whom do not know me...I've go a problem with alcohol and am an alcoholic. But I know me and from what I understand you have to define whether or not you are an alcoholic yourself because you know you better than anyone else. Well that's what I've done - I've determined that I'm not an alcoholic but that yes, I've abused alcohol in the past...but hasn't everyone "abused" alcohol that has gotten drunk?? And I don't think I'm in denial because there's nothing to deny - I know how much I drink when I drink, I know when I started drinking and I know if I can't put the stuff down or not. So anyway, I just wanted to get some input from others as to what you guys think of what really defines an alcoholic? I'm here to educate myself as much as possible because I don't want to have a problem in the future, so any input would be most appreciated. Thanks, guys!
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