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Posted: 12/2/2012 10:30:12 PM
....but functioning normally, do you think they have a drinking problem?


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Posted: 12/2/2012 10:31:13 PM
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Posted: 12/2/2012 10:31:41 PM
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Posted: 12/2/2012 10:32:21 PM
No question.



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Posted: 12/2/2012 10:32:22 PM
Hmmmm..how long has it been going on?

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Posted: 12/2/2012 10:32:39 PM
Yes. There is such a thing as a "functional alcoholic".



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Posted: 12/2/2012 10:40:23 PM

Hmmmm..how long has it been going on?


2 or so weeks, maybe closer to a month....


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Posted: 12/2/2012 10:46:07 PM
A normal sized bottle? I'd say yes, but I don't drink that much or that often.

Every night seems excessive.


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Posted: 12/2/2012 10:48:03 PM
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Posted: 12/2/2012 10:48:45 PM

Yes, they have a drinking problem. That's not normal behavior.


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Posted: 12/2/2012 10:51:11 PM
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Posted: 12/2/2012 10:53:37 PM
4 glasses of wine every night for 2 weeks maybe a month? No I don't think you can say they have a "drinking problem". But something is going on if this is a new and sudden change in behavior.



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Posted: 12/2/2012 10:54:08 PM
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Posted: 12/2/2012 11:00:49 PM
Is it a different bottle each night?

If so it's a problem.


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Posted: 12/2/2012 11:01:06 PM

4 glasses of wine every night for 2 weeks maybe a month? No I don't think you can say they have a "drinking problem". But something is going on if this is a new and sudden change in behavior.



If the person is able to drink this much and function normally I would guess that they have been drinking that much for a longer time and hiding it. You don't build up that kind of tolerance just like that.



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Posted: 12/2/2012 11:01:32 PM

4 glasses of wine every night for 2 weeks maybe a month?
There are only 4 glasses of wine in a bottle?


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Posted: 12/2/2012 11:05:47 PM
Yes, 4 or five. In the restaurant business we estimate 4 servings per regular size bottle.



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Posted: 12/2/2012 11:10:01 PM
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Posted: 12/2/2012 11:50:47 PM
Yes, that sounds like a problem.

Could they NOT drink any alcohol for a night or three? If not, they're dependent on it in some way.



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Posted: 12/3/2012 12:06:22 AM
their only drinking problem is you nagging them about it
a bottle of wine is ~6 beers - for a couple of weeks, it's no problem

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Posted: 12/3/2012 12:19:56 AM

their only drinking problem is you nagging them about it
a bottle of wine is ~6 beers - for a couple of weeks, it's no problem

Really? If 6 bottles of beer beer is 9 units at 5% alcohol.

And the wine is 9 units at 11% alcohol. That is closer to closer to 12 bottles of beer.

Units based on the British measurement.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 12:20:00 AM
AA has a checklist on their website.
The person can go there and answer the questions themselves.

I have no idea what "functioning " drinker/ alcoholic is. Either the person is an alcoholic, or they have a drinking problem that could lead to alcoholism .

If you are wondering or concerned, seek out Al-Anon. You might get answers for you.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 12:25:18 AM

. their only drinking problem is you nagging them about it
a bottle of wine is ~6 beers - for a couple of weeks, it's no problem



I can only assume you are a drinker who's nagged because that is an excessive amount of alcohol.



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Posted: 12/3/2012 12:29:35 AM

eally? If 6 bottles of beer beer is 9 units at 5% alcohol.

And the wine is 9 units at 11% alcohol. That is closer to closer to 12 bottles of beer.

Units based on the British measurement.



750 ml * 0.12 = x * 0.05
x=1800 ml

1800 ml / 355 ml = 5.1 beers

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcohol_equivalence

1 bottle of wine is not equivalent to 12 beers.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 8:08:46 AM
absolutely


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Posted: 12/3/2012 8:17:09 AM
it certainly doesn't sound normal but i've heard the definition of an alcoholic to be:

if your drinking causes problems and yet you continue to do it.

hard to say without knowing the person if this is the case or not. or if continuing on this path it will be.




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Posted: 12/3/2012 8:42:08 AM

Hmmmm..how long has it been going on?


2 or so weeks, maybe closer to a month....

IMO, it sounds like there is something that has changed recently in this person's life and they are "dealing" with what ever that is by drinking. I put dealing in quotes because what I mean is drinking is not the way to handle problems but it sounds like that is what this person is doing. Do I think they have a drinking problem? Not necessarily. I think they have a problem that needs to be worked out or they will have a drinking problem if the drinking continues.





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Posted: 12/3/2012 8:49:05 AM
My guess is that there is something that is causing the change. Are they an alcoholic? Maybe/Maybe not. However, they are clearly abusing chemicals to address issues.

My advice is to watch them and offer any support that you can and let them know that you are willing to help.



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Posted: 12/3/2012 8:52:16 AM
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