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When Is Drinking a Problem?

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In the U.S., over two-thirds of adults over the age of 18 reported drinking alcohol within the last year, and reports show this trend has held steady for over twenty years1. When is drinking a problem? While each person is affected by alcohol in different ways, there are telltale signs that point to a serious problem. Otherwise known as an alcohol use disorder.

Evoke Wellness at Coconut Creek is a full-service addiction treatment facility where Florida residents can come and begin recovering from an alcohol use disorder. Our programs include inpatient and outpatient options that can support you throughout your recovery journey. Each program consists of a mix of behavioral therapies along with medical support to ease withdrawals, cravings, and other troubling symptoms.

To talk with our team about our alcohol rehab program in Coconut Creek, fill out our online form or call 866.693.3871 today to schedule a tour.

When Is Drinking a Problem?

Consuming alcohol is as much a part of our culture as baseball and apple pie. From an early age, we develop a subconscious desire for alcohol without really knowing why. We would watch our parents drinking and having a good time, as well as seeing the same thing on TV and media channels.

Many doctors and studies on alcohol consumption say that up to two drinks per day are safe to drink, but a lot of that depends on the individual. Body weight, in particular, comes into play. Men typically can consume more alcohol than women because of body weight. Heavier people can consume more. So when is drinking a problem?

There are many behavioral signs that point to a drinking problem. These can include:

  • They are unable to stop at one or two drinks and always drink to excess.
  • They neglect personal and work responsibilities because they are drunk or change plans so they can drink.
  • They experience withdrawal symptoms first thing in the morning and have to have a drink just to “feel normal.”
  • They regularly drive while intoxicated or have one or more DUIs.
  • They have to consume more to feel the same level of intoxication.
  • They lose interest in their favorite activities unless there is alcohol
  • They use alcohol as a coping mechanism after a stressful day or “just because.”
  • They are unable to stop drinking, even if they want to, for personal or medical reasons.

A growing number of organizations are now saying that “there is no safe amount that does not affect health2.” Evoke Wellness at Coconut Creek treats alcohol use disorders using proven therapeutic techniques that have a long track record of success. Each program is tailored to the person’s unique symptoms and severity and is updated throughout the program to ensure they reach their recovery goals.

The Dangers of Binge Drinking

Binge drinking is typically done at parties and has become famous in movies like The Hangover and pretty much any college-based comedy movie. The goal is to drink as much alcohol as possible in the shortest amount of time.

Some of the dangers of binge drinking include:

  • Alcohol poisoning
  • Impaired judgment
  • Increased risk of falls and accidents
  • Aggressive or violent mood swings
  • Increased risk of liver disease, heart problems, sleep disorders, and certain types of cancer
  • Development of other mental health disorders, like depression, anxiety, and psychosis
  • Severe symptoms of alcohol use disorder
  • Delirium tremens

Delirium tremens is a near-fatal symptom of alcohol withdrawals and, without proper medical support, can lead to death. Enrolling in an alcohol rehab program is the safest way to beat alcohol use disorder.

When Drinking Is a Problem, Contact Evoke Wellness at Coconut Creek

Evoke Wellness at Coconut Creek is a full-service addiction treatment facility that welcomes anyone who is struggling with an alcohol use disorder. To support our patients, we utilize many beneficial therapies and treatments, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), medication-assisted treatment (MAT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), relapse prevention therapy, and family therapy.

If you or a loved one has a severe drinking problem, it’s time to stop letting the addiction consume your life. Call 866.693.3871 or contact Evoke Wellness at Coconut Creek online today to schedule a consultation and begin the road to recovery.


1Gallup – “What Percentage of Americans Drink Alcohol?”
2World Health Organization – “No level of alcohol consumption is safe for our health”