Alcohol Dependence Criteria

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Criteria for Diagnosing Alcoholism, Criteria: DSM-IV Alcohol Abuse (1 or more criteria for over 1 year)

1. Role Impairment (e.g. failed work or home obligations)
2. Hazardous use (e.g. Driving, swimming or operating machinery while intoxicated)
3. Legal problems related to Alcohol use
4. Social or interpersonal problems due to Alcohol

Criteria: DSM-IV Alcohol Dependence (3 criteria for over 1 year)

1. Tolerance (increased drinking to achieve same effect)
2. Alcohol Withdrawal signs or symptoms
3. Drinking more than intended
4. Unsuccessful attempts to cut down on use
5. Excessive time related to Alcohol (obtaining, hangover)
6. Impaired social or work activities due to Alcohol
7. Use despite physical or psychological consequences

“If when you honestly want to, you can not quit entirely, or if when drinking,you have little control over the amount you take, you are probably alcoholic.”
– Alcoholics Anonymous p. 44

(No time length is specified in the AA definition)
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20 Replies to “Alcohol Dependence Criteria”

  1. Interesting video about how you diagnose yourself.
    I am curious though, is your next step to turn over all thought and responsibilty to a higher power, or are you going to use your self awareness to well, be aware of yourself and adapt and modify your behaviour?
    Praying to god, nature or the universe does fuck all. Confessing sins and receiving absolution is crap. That's what the big book recommends; religious bullshit. AA is a spiritual movement and a franchise. And alcoholism is not a disease.

  2. @Teloculos Have you read the big book and do you understand the principles behind it? Faith without works is dead is what the Big Book of AA says (I know so does the Bible lol). I can trust in a higher power if I want to. I am free to do that. I am also going to work to adapt and modify my behavior. Just because you trust in god or a higher power does not mean you can stop taking responsibility for yourself. I think it's kind of rude to tell someone what they believe in is crap. 

  3. @Teloculos I'm not going to bash on you if you are atheist or agnostic. We are all free to believe what we want. 

  4. @YaKinfolkJStylesOO9 That is good that you are looking out for your kid at least. 🙂 Just make sure it doesn't get out of control.

  5. @stillhippie Yeah I think the cause ffor both kinds of drinking has more to do than with just alcohol alone. Like I said in the video there are a lot of different opinions on diagnosing an alcoholic I guess because most people define it differently. :)

  6. @thedanizblog
    Yes I have read it, and I understand the purpose of the principles. I found the chapter addressed to atheists/agnostics illogical as it borught up and used nearly every strawman I'm aware of. I think that taking responsibility for your actions whilst investing responsibility for your acions in an externality (god, universe, any "higher" "power" you please) is paradoxical. How can one take responsibility, when we have turned over ourselves to a another's charge?

  7. @thedanizblog
    Sorry about calling it crap. I should say I'm at liberty to believe whatever I like, I prefer things that are rational. I think taking responsibility for myself could not be achieved by turning my responsibility to another. If I give my bank card to my parents, how am I taking responsibility for my financial management? I haven't – I've put that responsibility on another. Granted my parents are real, not imaginary friends, and both can help, but I wouldn't be being responsible.

  8. @Teloculos I guess it's just taking responsibility and having faith that things will work out. I am making a video right now explaining my stance.

  9. @thedanizblog
    I guess that's fair enough. I just have a bit of a problem with 12 step programs because although I think they have some useful ideas, they also promote seriously cultish behaviour. I'm wary of anything that suggests giving our responsibilities to another. But taking responsibility and hoping for the best, I think that's all anyone can do. I did like your video and found the diagnostic info interesting. Sorry for I coming across as an arsehole, I could have said what I did better.

  10. @doesntmatter1911 Thank you. Yeah it is horrible how badly you can injure yourself when you are drinking and not even notice it. :(

  11. never been to aa b4 thought about it didnt know wut it was about but its great u went in some depth on da topic ,my mind an body craves it i dont know wut 2 call it i jus know it craves it ,i dont want to wake up in a drunk tank no more its been a month dat i've been on da road of sobriety 

  12. in 'big book' the stories start off well but, for me they fall flat with the religeous experience as there is no explanation of how this happens. just out of the blue. it fails for forcing people to be absintant rather than being flexable and suggesting alternatives for people who will happily lose everything for drink and can't get past this. i lower my 'rock bottom' every time. apart from dying theres no 'rock bottom'. solve that anyone. no? there is the reason were still not sober 

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