Drinking is a just a casual way to relax, says a survey done with most of the adults in New York. But the line between limited use and over indulgence into alcohol is very thin and most people easily trips over it. As a result of this excess drinking, they start endangering not just their own life, but others as well. For most of the adults, the moderate drinking level for men is just two drinks a day, and for women it is one a day. Jonathan B Lauter MD, a clinical specialist and having interest in psychiatry mentions that those who consume alcohol on a regular basis, slowly moves from the phase of alcohol abuse to alcohol dependence. Now these two terms might sound very close, but are significantly distinctive.

  • Alcohol abuse is a drinking pattern in which the individual has to and will face some adverse consequences in the near future. They will for sure be abstained from performing the routine work like major school and other familiar obligation. They might even face legal drinking problems like repeated arrests or DUI cases filed against them.
  • While alcoholism on the other hand, also known medically as alcohol dependence, is a condition where people lose complete control over their consumption of alcohol. It doesn’t matter to them regarding the type or quality of the alcohol they drink, alcohol dependence just makes you drink whatever you get. And when someone makes their mind to withdraw from such a Mal-practice, he is definitely to face withdrawal symptoms like nausea, sweating, hallucinations, convulsions and the like.

How Can A Psychologist Help in Treating with these Alcohol Disorders?

Psychologists while being trained during their course to treat these patients are mentioned to have a talk with the family members of the addicted because the family plays a key role in motivating the addicted to change the habit that will not just ruin the patient, but also everyone sustaining in his periphery. A psychologist might start with the drinker, assessing all the symptoms and the problems that he faces or has experienced. This report of the experience of the drinker will help the psychologist determine what type of treatment might work perfectly.

Jonathan B Lauter MD has been practicing for pretty long in New York and his experience says that therapies like cognitive-behavioral coping skills and motivational enhancement therapy work quite effectively to these addicted drinker, but it is indeed a time taking process. Lauter even provides marital, family, and group therapies, which often have proved to be helpful for repairing interpersonal relationships and resolves the drinking problem over the due course of time. He believes that family relationships do influence the drinking behavior, and can often help in changing during an individual’s recovery.

Because there’s a high risk of a patient to have multiple relapses and return back to the drinking habit, it is indeed necessary to consult with one of the trustworthy and experienced psychologist who’ve handled enough cases, and in this case no one can be better than Lauter. He has provided several referrals to self-help groups and additional support through continued involvement in such groups.