n 2015, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) found that 87 percent of American adults drank alcohol at least once in their lifetime, and about 70 percent reported that they drank at least once in the past year. Over half of adults in the US drink at least once per month. None of these patterns of alcohol consumption are necessarily troublesome, as they are well within the guidelines for moderate drinking.
It is a common issue: People who are struggling with alcoholism often don’t recognize that there’s a problem. Most of the time, those who engage in abuse of alcohol don’t have the tools or ability to notice when drinking has gotten out of control. However, the question eventually arises: “Am I drinking too much?” or “Am I an alcoholic?”