Understanding the Uses and Forms of Alcohol
When someone you know and love is addicted to alcohol, there isn’t a neon sign hanging over their head proclaiming their addiction. Unless they have no problem with letting you see their behavior firsthand, it’s often a matter of seeing the signs of alcoholism and interpreting them properly. To know for sure whether or not your loved one does in fact have a problem with alcohol abuse or dependency, you must first understand the uses and forms of alcohol in order to understand whether there is a problem, and start finding a way to help them with alcohol rehabilitation treatments and methods.
Types of Alcohol
Ranging in percentages of alcohol by volume, also known as the alcohol’s ‘proofing,’ from relatively weak 3% concentration of alcohol to a whopping 96%, or 192 proof, alcohol comes in a wide variety of flavors, colors and forms.
- Wines – white, red, rosé, dessert, or sparkling, wines are generally made from some form and variety of fermented grape juice, some types of wines include chardonnay, sauvignon, pinot, moscato, syrah or shiraz, port and other varietals.
- Beers – lagers, ales, stouts, porters and of course, malt liquors and full and light bodied recipes; each type has its own recipes and formulations of grains like hops, wheat and barley, in addition to other flavors and additives to make each brew unique.
- Liquor – whiskey, gin, rum, tequila, vodka, scotch, bourbon, and various liqueurs.
The truth is, despite stereotypes and societal perceptions, no liquor is truly ‘healthy.’ Although some have lower amounts of alcohol by volume, and some may have medicinal functions, alcohol is still a dangerous drug when consumed without strict moderation.
Common Uses of Alcohol
Alcohol may be consumed in various forms, and there are different ways to drink it. Depending on the social situation, the attitude and intent of the consumer, and the type of liquor will often determine the way in which it is drunk.
- Wine – drunk in stemmed glasses, the bowl of which is shaped depending on the type of wine. 5 fluid ounces of wine is considered in America to be a single serving, containing generally 0.6 fluid ounces of alcohol.
- Beer – generally served by can, bottle or glass, a serving size of which is 12 fluid ounces. Beer is also a choice party alcohol, for its relative affordability, and the ability of the consumer to drink from a ‘beer bong’, or other means of fast consumption.
- Liquor – can be served as a single serving shot containing a single fluid ounce and meant to be drunk all at once, or in a mixed drink where one or more type of liquor is often mixed with sodas or fruit juices. These drinks are often the most immediately impairing, because of the doubling or even tripling of servings of alcohol within each drink.
What to Listen For…
If someone in your family or friends truly has a hidden alcohol abuse or dependency problem, there are certain things you can listen for to try to gain insight into their situation. Some of the more common nicknames for alcohol, and terms for intoxication, include:
If your friend, family member or loved one is reticent or outright antagonistic when it comes to talking about their alcohol consumption, there are ways to see for yourself if there is in fact a pattern of alcohol abuse or dependency by knowing what to look for. If you think there is a problem, alcohol rehabilitation treatment can help get your loved one on the road to recovery.