Just as no two people are alike, no two stories of alcohol abuse will be exactly the same. A recent study tracked 177 people with admitted risky drinking patterns for five months. At the end of the study, researchers had identified eight categories of drinkers. Eight Categories of Drinkers: Weekend Drinkers Three or four drinks, two or three times each weekend. 19 individuals wound up in this category. Most of them were single women. More than half of the group reported symptoms of personality disorder, the most common mental health issue amongst the participants. Weekend drinkers were not likely to abuse drugs and their drinking appeared to have little or no effect on relationships or work. Just one person in the group reported readiness to change. Four or five drinks, once or twice each weekend. This group was made up of 28 people in all and it was also mostly single women (78 percent). The category is similar to group number one, but with an added drink on each occasion. One other noteworthy difference was the fact that this group showed a markedly higher degree of dissatisfaction with their drinking. 42 percent said they were not happy with their lifestyle and were ready for a change. Five to six drinks, three or four times each week. Fourteen people fell into this description. Individuals had begun to drink heavily, but it was not yet a confirmed life pattern. Few said they\u2019d been alcoholic for long, yet 57 percent had already sought out some form of treatment. Half of the group was ready to make changes. Eight Categories of Drinkers: Weekend-Plus Drinkers Three or four drinks, two times each week. At 25 individuals, this category was quite similar to group number one, with the exception that drinking was not reserved to weekends. The people in this group were mostly white, mostly young, and mostly well-educated. Not many expressed a readiness to make a change. Four to five drinks, one or two times per week. This group was the largest with 39 members. People in this group showed no predictable drinking pattern. Weeknight and weekend drinking were about the same. More than one-half of the individuals in the group had a father with alcohol addiction. Six to seven drinks, four times per week. This group qualifies as heavy drinkers. Individuals were experiencing negative outcomes related to their alcohol consumption. Many were unemployed and few were married. Group members expressed resignation and showed little interest in personal change. Seven drinks, usually four times each week. The category was made up of 20 people, the majority of whose drinking had become a well-established life pattern, referred to as a lifetime dependence on alcohol. The group was 70 percent older white men, and none were married. Nearly 50 percent expressed readiness to change. Eight Categories of Drinkers: Sporadic Drinkers Nine to 10 drinks, three to four times per week. This group included 15 people who would have a bout of heavy drinking and then would abstain for a period of time. This group of heavy drinkers reported the most serious consequences related to drinking. None of the individuals were married and less than one-third had a job. More than one half also used drugs. This group had the highest amount of reported lifetime dependency and the highest number of alcohol-linked problems, but also the highest amount of willingness to change. All Eight Categories of Drinkers Should Come To Lucida Treatment Lucida Treatment helps treat alcoholism through detox and therapy. Alcohol detox helps your body purge alcohol from your system, and overcome your physical dependency on alcohol. After detox, therapy tackles the psychological roots of alcoholism. At Lucida Treatment, we offer a wide variety of therapies professionally designed to help you get and stay sober. Therapies offered at Lucida Treatment's alcohol addiction treatment center include: \tCognitive Behavioral Therapy Program \tDialectical Behavior Therapy Program \tEye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy Program \tFamily Therapy Program \tGestalt Therapy Program \tGroup Therapy Program \tIndividual Therapy Program \tPsychodrama Therapy Program \tTrauma Therapy Program If you want to get sober, Lucida Treatment can help! Contact us online or call us today at to leave the eight categories of drinkers for good!