Originally Posted by Lotus
i hope he is true to his word that he is dropping alcohol form his life, i myself drink and know that drinking can start to take over if you don't nip it in the butt and learn to control yourself. I hope he straightens his life out because i have a good feeling he can have a bright future ahead of him in fighting.
I agree as well. Some alcoholics only drink on the weekend. Others never get wasted, but drink every day. Technically, it's even possible to be an alcoholic and only drink once a month. Some are addicted psychologically, others physically. Addiction comes in an infinite number of varieties. Only JT knows for sure whether he has a problem or not.
For anyone who doubts the possibility that JT has a problem, check out the clinical definition:
A maladaptive pattern of substance use leading to clinically significant impairment or distress, as manifested by one (or more) of the following, occurring within a 12-month period:
- Recurrent substance use resulting in a failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school, home (e.g., repeated absences or poor work performance related to substance use; substance-related absences, suspensions, or expulsions from school; neglect of children or household)
- Recurrent substance use in situations in which it is physically hazardous (e.g., driving an automobile or operating a machine when impaired by substance use)
- Recurrent substance-related legal problems (e.g., arrests for substance-related disorderly conduct)
- Continued substance use despite having persistent or recurrent social or interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by the effects of the substance (e.g., arguments with spouse about consequences of intoxication, physical fights)
[DSM-IV, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, ed. 4. Washington DC: American Psychiatric Association (AMA). 1994.]
JT's episode definitely fits the bill.