A really burning question for people that come to the bottled up family side is – “Is my husband or partner or father or child an alcoholic?”
This is probably the question that we are asked most. We have covered it before in other ways, but in this one we discuss the term alcoholic and other ways of looking at alcohol problems. There is no doubt that the way you view a problem, not just a drinking problem, will inform how you deal with the problem.
First of all let’s talk about the term alcohol. Do people use that term anymore? Well yes, they do and they don’t. The professionals tend to not use the term so much these days. Except you kind of know when you look at alcohol agencies or rehabs, if they’re using the term alcoholic, they’re probably coming from the 12-step philosophy. The others tend to use terms such as problem drinking and dependence.