How Long Does It Take to Get Addicted to Alcohol?

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Because each person’s reasons, methods, and frequency of drinking are different, there isn’t an exact answer to this question. So instead of how long it takes to get addicted to alcohol, perhaps a better question to ask is—how is alcohol consumption affecting my life?

Defining Your Drinking

Many people’s drinking behaviors fit the patterns of alcohol abuse, but it is dismissed as socially acceptable; the “functioning alcoholic” as it is sometimes called.

There is this misconception that a person addicted to alcohol will stumble, slur, and have a slovenly appearance. This Hollywood version could not be further from reality.

Moderate drinking is defined as no more than one drink a day for women and two drinks per day for men. It also means not drinking more than 3 drinks in a single day. Any amount of alcohol consumption beyond these guidelines is considered to be high-risk drinking.

Do You Need Help? Signs of Alcohol Addiction

If you are concerned about you or a loved one’s drinking, there are some warning signs of alcohol dependence you can look for:

  • Drinking every day
  • Drinking early in the day
  • Needing to drink more to feel the same effect you used to feel with fewer drinks
  • Experiencing blackouts
  • Dealing with withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, restlessness, or sleeplessness
  • Continuing to drink despite alcohol negatively affecting your work, relationships, and personal life

The bottom line is that if at any point your drinking is negatively impacting your life, it is time to consider treatment services.

Contact Summit Malibu

Here at Summit Malibu, we understand there is no answer to how long it takes to get addicted to alcohol because every person is different. That is also why our residential drug and alcohol programs can be tailored to meet your needs.

From horticulture therapy to cognitive behavioral therapy and a blend of so many methods and choices in between, you can rest assured when you contact Summit Malibu, we can answer your questions and help you on your journey to recovery.

Summit Malibu

Summit Malibu is the longest running boutique addiction treatment center in Malibu, California. Our residential rehab program offers dual diagnosis drug and alcohol addiction treatment to heal the mind, body, and soul. Summit Malibu is Joint Commission Accredited and licensed by the California Department of Health Care Services.