Almost Alcoholic

Is My (or My Loved One's) Drinking a Problem?

Robert Doyle, MD and Joseph Nowinski, PhD

Determine if your drinking is a problem, develop strategies for curbing your intake, and measure your progress with this practical guide to taking care of yourself.

Every day, millions of people drink a beer or two while watching a game, shake a cocktail at a party with friends, or enjoy a glass of wine with a good meal. For more than 30 percent of these drinkers, alcohol has begun to have a negative impact on their everyday lives. Yet, only a small number are true alcoholics—people who have completely lost control over their drinking and who need alcohol to function. The great majority are what Dr. Doyle and Dr. Nowinski call “Almost Alcoholics,” a growing number of people whose excessive drinking contributes to a variety of problems in their lives.

In Almost Alcoholic, Dr. Doyle and Dr. Nowinski provide the tools to:

Excerpt from Almost Alcoholic

I once overheard a mother counseling her grown daughter to avoid dating a man who she thought had a drinking problem. The daughter said, “Mom, he’s not an alcoholic!” The mother quickly responded with, “Well, maybe not, but he almost is.”

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