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Do Alcoholics Drink Every Day?

The media portrays alcoholics as people who drink all day, every day. However, everyone’s experience with alcoholism is different. From binge drinkers to severe drinkers, every alcoholic has their own drinking habits and emotional reasoning behind why they drink.

The Types of Alcoholics

In general, there are 5 types of alcoholics, and not all of them necessarily consume alcohol every day.

Young Adult

This type of alcoholic, usually male, does not drink every day. Instead, they more often binge drink, a choice that’s not usually correlated with mental illness.

Young Antisocial

In their mid-twenties and mostly male, this type of alcoholic typically has an alcoholic family member. Criminal behavior is usually connected to their drinking, as well as a lack of remorse for their behavior.

Functional

An alarming 20% of alcoholics are functioning alcoholics. Typically, this type of alcoholic suffers from mental health challenges and has a history of alcoholism within their family. They characteristically drink daily yet maintain a social life, family life and career.

Intermediate Familial

These alcoholics may have a genetic inclination towards drinking. They are more likely to have a higher employment rate versus their functioning alcoholic counterparts. Intermediate alcoholics develop their addictions at earlier stages in life.

Chronic Severe

Usually suffering from alcoholism for over a decade, these alcoholics often suffer from mental health issues, criminal behaviors and relational issues. Typically non-functional, they drink daily and in excess to the point of hospitalization and experience severe withdrawal symptoms without daily consumption.

If you believe you suffer from alcoholism, professional assistance is available for your recovery. Turning Point of Tampa’s goal is to always provide a safe environment and a solid foundation in 12-Step recovery, in tandem with quality individual therapy and groups. We have been offering Licensed Residential Treatment in Tampa since 1987. If you need help or know someone who does, please contact our admissions department at 813-882-3003, 800-397-3006 or admissions@tpoftampa.com.