Beer Addiction

beer addiction

Beer Addiction: Yes, It’s Real

There are several pernicious myths out there about drinking that work to prevent people from getting the help they need with alcoholism. Though many have been revealed to be thoroughly untrue and largely discredited, one of the biggies that remain is you can’t get addicted to beer. Alternately put as just drinking beer can’t make you an alcoholic.

Not true.

Beer addiction is real and alcoholism can be feed by beer alone.

These are simple yet profound truths that need to be repeated often so people feel start to feel more comfortable talking about their problems with controlling their beer consumption.

It’s already tough enough to struggle with alcoholism, it’s even worse if you feel isolated to the point that you don’t seek assistance or treatment because your addiction isn’t perceived as “real” by friends and family.

Beer Addiction and Alcoholism

The type of alcohol you consume isn’t what defines alcoholism. It bears repeating: the type of alcohol you consume is not what defines alcoholism.

As Mayo Clinic notes, “alcohol use disorder (which includes a level that’s sometimes called alcoholism) is a pattern of alcohol use that involves problems controlling your drinking, being preoccupied with alcohol, continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems, having to drink more to get the same effect, or having withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease or stop drinking.”

Nothing in that definition, or any definition you’ll find, makes an exception for beer.

Nonetheless, beer remains the most popular alcoholic beverage on the planet, being one of the oldest drinks that people created. It’s no wonder its consumption is therefore normalized in the extreme.

Beer addiction presents itself as other any other form of addiction would, and the Mayo Clinic sums that up nicely. Recognizing these symptoms of alcoholism as a larger problem that needs attention is often a problem because of the degree to which society looks at beer as innocuous and innocent.

When we strip it down to brass tacks the same ethyl alcohol (ethanol), the agent which causes intoxication and that’s created during fermentation, is found in all alcoholic beverages, from beer to wine to spirits. Just in different concentrations. So, if our bodies are all simply reacting to same ethyl alcohol then of course beer can, and does, lead to addiction and alcoholism. Same as it could for wine or hard liquors.

It’s the amount of alcohol, not the type that matters.

Can You Be an Alcoholic Drinking Beer?

“It’s just one beer” or “I don’t even drink every day!” or “I can cut back whenever I want”. The excuses we tell ourselves about beer are the same that other addicts tell themselves and the outside world about their own addiction issues.

It’s all denialism.

Drinking too much beer can absolutely lead to being an alcoholic. It’s a cascading effect as drinking beer feeds the cravings and leads to the inability to stop that define alcoholism.

Heavy drinking, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is 15 drinks or more per week for men and 8 for women. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism adds that heavy alcohol use is considered 4 or more drinks on any day for men and 3 for women.

Prolonged beer-drinking above those levels can easily have you slip into the world of addiction as your body grows accustomed to that level of alcohol in the system and begins to crave more. 

Get Help with Alcohol

Alcoholism, and particularly beer addiction, is not something you need to tackle and overcome on your own. You don’t have to feel uncomfortable or alone in this, reach out to us at Lake Arrowhead Recovery Network and let’s talk about the effect’s beer has had on your life. Our advisors can connect you with a treatment program that fits your needs.

Addiction Group Therapy

group therapy for addiction

All recovery and treatment centers have plenty of tools at their disposal, it’s the nature of the work. In fact, it’s really because of those varied treatment methods that rehabs are able to achieve the life-changing results they do. The beauty of having a great many options is that it makes it possible for treatment centers to create a highly tailored strategy for each individual suffering through substance abuse addiction that comes through their doors.

Some people just respond better to particular methods of treatment and the key is creating a combination of options and a plan of attack to tackle the underlying issues from all sides. A broad and multifaceted approach that strives to work wonders.

Lake Arrowhead Recovery Network knows depending on the person, group therapy for substance abuse can be a powerful and revelatory part of the process.

What Is Addiction Group Therapy?

The definition is right in the name, group therapy is the idea of getting people together, under the guidance of a trained professional, to try and work through the similar issues they’re all facing, together. By sharing details of their experience in a safe and protected environment and listening to others tell comparable stories, participants end up coming out with a better understanding of themselves.

They get a deeper and more nuanced understanding of their own substance abuse by way of others.

Benefits of Group Therapy for Substance Abuse

The potential upside with group therapy is massive. Just the simple act of sharing things with people outside of your one on one counseling sessions, getting it off your chest to more than an audience of one, pays dividends.

Nothing can replicate the strong community-building aspect that comes from being able to analyze experiences with people that can truly relate.

Often substance abuse becomes an isolating part of one’s life. Relationships and bridges get burned in the process and people fade by the wayside. Getting that next fix is the only goal. In group therapy, you’re with people that have lived through those same situations and have had those feelings of isolation consume them. As conversations evolve, that sense of being alone you’ve felt begins to fade away in the comfort and company of others.

Meanwhile, having those tough talks lead to the formation of strong bonds, the building blocks of meaningful relationships. The people you meet in group therapy could very well become part of your sober network once you leave rehab.

Seeing others succeed and progress in their own recovery journey brings with it its own positive energy. Their success inspires you to strive harder for your own with group therapy becoming a potent motivator.

Additionally, the continuous positive feedback and support from your peers and therapists are game changers.

 

On top of all of that, you’re learning healthy ways to cope with the trigger’s life inevitably will throw your way.

Being equipped with that type of concrete and actionable knowledge as well as a solid foundation of support means that group therapy can help with your self-confidence and self-worth. The encouragement functions to balloon your optimism.

The litany of benefits to group therapy far outweighs any type of trepidation you might have in getting involved.

Where to Find Group Therapy for Drug Addiction

If group therapy sounds like just the ticket for you or a family member or friend in need but you aren’t sure where to start your search for finding the perfect fit, don’t worry. Lake Arrowhead Recovery Network in southern California can help you sift through what can feel like an overwhelming amount of options and get you into a facility that suits you best. Get in touch with one of our advisors today to learn more.