This revelation was by all accounts, a bombshell that sent shock waves across the recovery community. It changed the way that alcohol addiction recovery and alcohol dependence would be approached from that point forward. The report made it clear that the recovery community could no longer continue to assume that all people with alcohol problems were the same. It also shifted the focus of the recovery world from focus just people who were hospitalized or receiving some form of addiction treatment. It was clear that there were several sub-types of alcoholics, each suffering from a different form of alcohol dependence. One shocking discovery is that only about 25% of all people who suffered from alcohol addiction would ever seek treatment.
The Five Different Types of Alcoholics Are:
- Young adult
- Young antisocial
- Intermediate familial
- Chronic severe
The Young Adult
The study showed that 31% of all people fall under this range (typically in the 18-25 age bracket). The average age that a person in this group first becomes dependent on alcohol averages is about 20 years old. If you suspect that you are in this group, see if this describes you: you probably don’t drink frequently, but when you do, you participate in binge drinking. Young adults at this level of alcoholism often tend to drink five or more drinks on days when they do drink. However, they might drink as much as 12-15 drinks in one sitting. You are about 54% likely to be working and about 36% likely to be in school (whether high school or college) and may also suffer from an addiction to cigarettes (32%) or marijuana (25%).
Essentially, this sub-type paints a picture of what many people might believe to be the typical “party” period of their lifetime. Binge drinking is the norm with alcohol dependence not far behind. You might dismiss the drinking as part of the normal process of growing up, hanging out with friends and going to college. After all, who doesn’t party in college? As our parents used to tell us, this is where it starts. There’s now scientific evidence that overwhelmingly supports that stance.
The Young Anti-Social
When a young adult suffers from an antisocial personality disorder, they differ from the typical young adult in many ways. This group represents about 21% of all alcohol dependence cases. A study showed that about 1/3 of drinkers in this category will actively seek help, largely because of the other problems caused by their antisocial behavior.
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