Some consequences of drinking do not rely on the amount, or how often one drinks. As we all know, alcohol use can increase the possibility of legal implications: driving under the influence, drinking underage, and any dangerous behaviors engaged in when we consume alcohol. We may say something that we “didn’t mean” or neglect to remember to follow through on a promise we made.

There are possibilities of adverse consequences from drinking for those who have not been diagnosed with an alcohol use disorder. For those who have been identified as having an alcohol use disorder, it is even more dangerous. If you have an actual use disorder, one drink is never enough. Your tolerance may have decreased upon cessation of alcohol for any timespan. However, you will never forget the feeling that alcohol once gave you. As an alcoholic, you will always be chasing that same feeling if you continue to drink at all. Relapse does not discriminate between whether or not you have received treatment.

Moderation Versus Alcohol Use Disorder

Just as the need for more opiates, cocaine, or cannabis comes about the more you use, a higher amount of alcohol is required to feel its effects once tolerance has increased. 16 million American individuals are diagnosed with an alcohol use disorder annually. The DSM-5 helps clinicians to diagnose whether your drinking could be considered a syndrome. It requires two of 11 symptoms to be met within a year period for diagnosis. The symptoms can be considered mild, moderate, or severe in nature.

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What are the indicators of alcohol use disorder?

  • Your drinking has created problems between you and your family or friends. Has it come between your caretaking of your family or completing your household duties?
  • Have you been ill from drinking to the point that it caused difficulties, including tardiness or not showing up for school or work? Has your drinking affected your job or education?
  • Have you had an intense desire or urge to drink alcohol? If so, you may be suffering from what is called a “craving.”
  • Have you ever drunk more than you first planned to? Did you ever drink for a longer period than you originally said you were going to?
  • Have you ever tried to stop drinking unsuccessfully? How about trying to cut down your alcohol intake without being able to do so?
  • Do you devote an exuberant amount of time to your drinking? How about the time spent getting over the effects of not having alcohol or attending to your hangovers?
  • Is your pleasure coming mostly from your drinking? Have you stopped participating in things that you used to enjoy or be interested in just so you could partake in more alcohol consumption?
  • Has your drinking played a part in you being in a not-so-safe situation? This could include driving under the influence, partaking in unsafe sexual activity, or even walking in an area that is considered risky by others.
  • Has your drinking led to depressive or anxious feelings? Did you continue to drink even though you felt this way due to alcohol? Have you had blackouts though continued to drink?
  • Have you experienced increased tolerance? Have you needed more to feel the effects of alcohol?
  • Have you had withdrawal symptoms? These could include: hallucinations, difficulty sleeping, trembling or tremors, irritability, nervousness, unhappiness, difficulty staying still, queasiness, or perspiring.

An Alternative Treatment Center Can Help if Your Drinking Spirals Out of Control

Sometimes, we need an extra nudge in figuring out how to find or regain our sobriety. Unfortunately, less than 10% of individuals seek treatment for their alcohol use disorder. There is no shame in asking for help when that aid comes from the right individuals. Our trained professionals at Discovery Place of Burns, Tennessee are just a phone call away. They are standing by 24 hours a day, every day to help you and your loved ones. We even have 12-Step recovery guides to aid you on your journey. Contact us today at 1-800-725-0922 to learn more about our various alternative treatment programs.


  • Discovery Place was the answer for my son. He did the 90 day and then the step down program and sober living. We give this organization 10 stars. They met my son where he was …emotionally, mentally, physically. They helped him put his life back on track. Discovery Place employees care about their guests. If your son, brother, nephew, grandson or husband needs excellent supportive care THIS is indeed the facility.

    Kim Morton
    Alumni Parent
  • I have remained sober and it is because of DP. DP is the best place there is, hands down. I keep everyone there in my prayers, and I encourage everyone there to take what they are practicing and do it in their lives, after.

    Roy Mantelli
  • Over the past year, I’ve been putting into actin what Discovery Place taught me, and I have experienced a complete perspective change of the world, and the people in it. I get to be a man of service and love today, and for that I am grateful to Discovery Place.

    Matt Kassay
  • Discovery Place means the world to me. They showed me the tools that I’ve tried to use everyday in my life to think less often of myself, and more frequently of others. I am learning to lend a hand when I am able and to have a honest and humble relationship with God and the people around me. Not only am I clean and sober, but also I am happy and fulfilled.

    Tommy Parker
  • Discovery Place and the men who work there made recovery attractive, and more importantly, fun. There is strength in the struggle. I am forever grateful for my time at Discovery Place.

    Creed McClellan
  • When I got to Discovery Place my whole life was in shambles, but I didn’t know it. I spent 6 months in their programs, participating in all three phases, and was met with kindness and love all along the way. It is unbelievable to me, where I am now relative to where I was when I arrived at DP.

    Lance Duke
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