Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) has identified nine types of heavy drinkers. These are men and women who regularly consume at least twice the daily guideline of 2 to 3 drinks for women and 3 to 4 drinks for men.
- De-stress drinkers – These are typically men who drink to calm themselves down and attempt to regain control of their lives. They may have high-pressure jobs or a lot of stress at home.
- Conformist drinkers – These individuals drink to become part of a group, to belong, or seek the structure of a group. Most often they are found regularly drinking in a pub (bar).
- Boredom drinkers – As the name implies, these individuals drink to escape the tediousness and boredom of daily life. They are mostly women, aged 35 to 50, who drink alone.
- Depressed drinkers – These drinkers’ lives are constantly in a state of crisis. They tend to drink heavily, drink at home and alone, and can be either gender, and any age or socioeconomic group.
- Re-bonding drinkers – This type of heavy drinker drinks most every evening, seeking release and stimulation. The re-bonding drinker seeks the comfort and presence of like-minded drinkers.
- Community drinkers – These heavy drinkers, men and women, feel a need to belong and drink in the company of other friendship drinkers.
- Hedonistic drinkers – These drinkers want to stand out from the crowd and often drink to get drunk three to four times a week. They tend to be divorced with adult children.
- Macho drinkers – These heavy drinkers, almost always men, have a very strong need to stand out from the crowd. Not only do they seem to live in the bar, but they want to gain release and control others through their drinking.
- Border dependents – These individuals drink fast and often. They tend to visit the bar regularly during the day and evening, weekdays and weekends included. They are unfulfilled, bored, and need to conform.
If you – or someone you love – falls into these patterns, please seek help. Each year, alcoholic liver disease claims 16,749 lives in America alone, with another 26,654 people passing away due to alcohol-induced deaths (excluding accidents and homicides).