There are many who believe that there is only one course of action to take if you have a problem with drinking and that is attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Alcoholics Anonymous is, as the name implies an organization set up to help and support those alcoholics who want to stop drinking and stay stopped. In fact you are never really accepted by other members until you have accepted the fact that you are an alcoholic and affirm this fact every time you speak at one of the meetings.
This has one unfortunate consequence; binge drinkers who do not actually meet the formal definition of alcoholism feel pressured into admitting they are alcohol dependent even though they are not, thus labeling themselves as alcoholic. A label that can never really be shaken off.
This is the great flaw in alcohol dependency treatment in the U.S. and elsewhere, the fact that other ‘styles of problem drinking’, and more specifically binge drinking are not catered for by the treatment industry, or at least that is how it appears.
There are, in fact, ways of dealing with problem drinking that do not involve Alcoholics Anonymous. We are not saying that AA is bad in any way, rather that it is a support group for alcohol dependents not those requiring help with binge drinking.
Before reading further, we would recommend that you take an alcoholism test to determine whether your drinking habits are symptomatic of alcoholism or not.
Binge drinking can be a symptom of alcoholism but it is not alcoholism of itself. For a full discussion of binge drinking please refer to our page, ‘What is Binge Drinking’.
Treatment for binge drinking can take a number of forms (it all depends on the severity of the problem):
There are alcohol abuse treatments for binge drinkers and problem drinkers. Some may suit you better than others, it is important to keep trying to find a solution even if one particular method does not work for you. Binge drinking can be halted/controlled, however, if it isn’t there is a likelihood that it could develop into alcohol dependence.
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