What Type of A Drinker Are You?
They have identified nine main groups or reasons why people drink heavily. Heavy drinking is defined as 35 units per week for women and 50 units
per week for men. This is twice the recommended limit.
Although this is obviously just a general guide, where do you think you fit into this? It may be you fit across categories or even have other reasons
outside of the nine presented below. However, it is a useful guide to start looking at the causes for your heavy drinking.
Depressed drinker: Your life is in a state of crisis, e.g. recently bereaved, divorced or in a financial crisis. Alcohol is a comforter and a form of
self-medication to help you cope
Destress drinker: You have a pressurised job or stressful home-life leading you to have feelings of being out of control and burdened with
responsibility. You use alcohol to relax, unwind and calm down and to help with switching between your work and your personal life. Partners often
support or reinforce this behaviour by preparing drinks for you.
Re-bonding drinker: You use alcohol as the 'shared connector' that unifies your friends and your social circle. You often forget the time and the
amount of alcohol you are consuming.
Conformist drinker: You use going to the pub or bar as what â€˜men do' and it is your second home and you have a sense of belonging and
acceptance within this environment.
Community drinker You drink in fairly large social friendship groups. You have a sense of community forged through the pub group. Drinking for you
provide a sense of safety and security and gives your life meaning and also acts as a social network with your friends.
Boredom drinker: This is especially true if you are a single mother or recent divorcee with a restricted social life. Drinking is company, making for an
absence of people. Drinking marks the end of the day perhaps following the completion of chores.
Macho drinker: You often feel undervalued, disempowered and frustrated in important areas of your life. You have activel