Addiction to Alcohol/Light beer

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Peter
I am attempting to cut way back on my alcohol consumption, which was not a dependency but was becoming problematic, especially weekend binges.
I went from liquor to beer to light beer only now. Since its summer and O golf and play outdoor sports, turning away a beer with friends it torture.
I have noticed I can drink quite a few light beers and not get much of a buzz, in fact I get so full I am not thirsty and can stop. However with regular beer I get that buzz after only two, and the temptation to get inebriated comes over me.
I know that switching to light beer is not a cure for problem drinking, but it seems to be working for me. Your thoughts appreciated!

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Hi Barry,

Well, the less alcohol you consume the better.  Even a few beers is not a great thing for the body.  

The other concern is that when you've had a problem with alcohol, as you mention, and attempt controlled drinking, there are risks that you will again develop some degree of addiction, if not dependence.  I don't find many people able to reduce their once heavy alcohol use to a controlled level.

Thanks for your question,
Peter

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Any questions regarding addictive behavior, withdrawal symptoms, selecting treatment options, relapse prevention, defining abuse vs. dependence, self-help groups, denial and resistance, building motivation, physical health effects of alcohol, substitution of other addictive substances; holistic approaches to addiction recovery.

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I have been a counselor, educator, and supervisor in the addiction field for 28 years. I hold alcohol and drug counselor certification and licenses in three states. I have experience with adolescents and adults, ranging from those who are experimental/casual users of alcohol to those with very progressed addictive disorders.

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