As always there is this idea of what an alcoholic person is, a type if you may. Basically, people think all alcoholics look the same, usually someone dirty and lazy and without a job. A bum. But that isn’t the case, anyone can be an alcoholic. So far studies have shown there to be about five different basic types of alcoholic.
These types include:
– Young Adult Subtype
– Functional Subtype
– Intermediate Familial Subtype
– Young Antisocial Subtype
– Chronic Severe Subtype
These categories are based on a number of factors. These factors include:
– the age of the person
– the age the person began drinking
– the age the person developed an alcohol dependence
– the person’s family history in relation to alcoholism
– the presence or absence of co-occurring mental health conditions
– the presence or absence of other substance abuse disorder (like with drugs)
This is of course just a light study and not meant to be the end all be all of diagnostics. Instead, it is meant to shed some light on the types of people addicted to alcohol and why, and the best ways to help them.
Obviously, anyone can suffer from alcohol addiction regardless of any of these factors. They can be important to take into account though.
Young Adult Subtype
This is one of the largest groups at 31.5 percent of alcoholics filling it. Usually, drinking is known to start at 19 and turn into dependence around age 24.
People in this type or more likely to have less severe things going for them. They aren’t as likely to be married or have full-time jobs. For them, they seem to drink quite heavily, often bingeing instead of drinking every night which can keep them from recognizing it.
People in this group are less likely to seek out treatment and men are 2.5 times more as likely to be addicted.
This is the one that can really slip past you because they can seemingly function just fine as they suffer from alcoholism. This is about 19.5 percent of people who are dependent on alcohol, and they manage to keep ahold of their lives, meaning work and family both.
Often this group is full of people who have depression, and 60% tend to be male. They don’t usually have any other issues alongside it though.
These people, of course, seem the most functional because they are handling their lives and alcoholism well. Except for the simple fact that alcoholism is dangerous to their health.
Intermediate Familial Subtype
Alcohol drinking usually starts earlier with this subtype, around 17. About 18.8 percent of alcoholics can be classified as this type. They are most likely to have family members with alcoholism. They are also more likely to have co-occurring mental disorders like bipolar, depression, and anxiety. Obsessive compulsive disorder symptoms can make it worse as well.
Young Antisocial Subtype
Drinking can start at 15 with this type and alcohol dependence by 18. They have the highest rates of mental illness like obsessive-compulsive disorder and bipolar. They also have the highest rates when it comes to using other substances like meth or cocaine.
This group is actually most likely to seek help, though least likely having an education or anything constituting a put together life.
Chronic Severe Subtype
This is the smallest group of alcoholics, and they tend to have family members who are also alcoholics. They makeup 9.2 percent and start drinking early and get hooked early too. They are the group most likely to be depressed and to keep trying to recover but then end up relapsing.