Different Types of Drinkers

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Billie Koerner
K Sylvis
Writing Skills 2
October 23, 2012

Three Categories of Drinkers
In my experience as a bartender, I have learned that a general rule of thumb is that if you think that someone’s drinking is problematic / abusive, it probably is. I’ve noticed three types of drinking behaviors in the customers that I wait on. People who drink alcohol can be classified into three major categories: social, problem, and alcoholic. First, let us consider the social drinkers; a person who usually only has drinks on occasion. For example social drinkers may consume only a small amount of alcohol on the holidays or a special occasion. They will drink slowly, by limiting themselves to only one an hour. This way they do not overdue it and become drunk. The social drinkers know and obey the laws related to drinking; therefore they never drive during or after drinking. Next, there are the problem drinkers; he or she drinks to cope with problems or stressful life events. A few examples of these are loss of employment, a fight with a loved one, or financial problems. The problem drinkers may experience personality changes or mood swings, such as becoming loud, angry, violent, reclusive and withdrawn. They could even experience blackouts (alcohol induced amnesia). This is a period of memory loss while drinking and they cannot recall what happened, though they seemed “normal” to people at the time. The next day the problem drinkers will seem confused as to the events of the previous evening. The final category is the alcoholics. They need to drink before facing a stressful situation. The alcoholic drinkers will hide their drinking and keep bottles hidden for quick pick me ups. They experience an inability to keep promises to self about limiting drinking. The transitions from having hangovers to more dangerous withdrawal symptoms can be fatal. A few examples of the symptoms of a hangover are headache, nausea, and dehydration to name a few. Yet these pale in...
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