Do I Need Rehab if I’m Drinking Every Day?

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If you drink alcohol every day and you’re worried about your drinking, consult your healthcare provider for an assessment.

Read on to learn more about how much is too much drinking and discover the negative health effects of drinking too much, and learn how to get effective alcohol addiction treatment.

If you or a loved one need help for an alcohol addiction, call our friendly recovery specialist for help at (877) 679-2132.

How Much Is Too Much Drinking?

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020 – 2025, over-21s should consume alcohol in moderation. This means up to 2 drinks per day for men and up to 1 drink for women. Drinking less is better for your health than drinking more.

NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) highlights binge drinking and heavy drinking as two of the most damaging forms of consumption.

Binge drinking is when you drink a lot in a short time. For men, this means 5 drinks or more in about 2 hours. For women, it’s 4 or more drinks in the same amount of time. Binge drinking brings your BAC (blood alcohol concentration) to 0.08% or higher.

Heavy drinking is different from binge drinking. For men, heavy drinking is having 5 or more daily drinks or more than 15 weekly drinks. for women, it’s 4 or more daily drinks or 8 or more weekly drinks. Heavy drinking can cause serious health problems over time.

If you are worried that drinking too much could lead to alcoholism, try this self-assessment quiz based on the 11 criteria for alcohol use disorder in DSM-5-TR. According to the number of criteria, alcohol use disorder is  diagnosed as mild ( 2 to 3), moderate (4 to 5), or severe (6 or more)

Alcohol addiction DSM-5 criteria:

  1. Do you sometimes struggle to control how much or how long you drink alcohol?
  2. Have you tried to cut back on drinking but couldn’t?
  3. Do you often spend a lot of time drinking or recovering from drinking?
  4. Has drinking alcohol caused problems at home, school, or work? (Have you ever missed work because of drinking?)
  5. Has drinking affected your relationships or social life? (Do you hide how much you drink? Has anyone ever talked to you about your drinking?)
  6. Do you keep drinking even though it’s causing problems?
  7. Do you put off or forget to do things because of drinking? (Have you let down your family or friends? Have you missed family events?)
  8. Do you sometimes really crave alcohol?
  9. Can you drink more alcohol now than you could before?
  10. Do you feel sick the day after drinking? (Have you ever felt shaky or sweaty that night or the next day?)
  11. Has drinking alcohol put you in dangerous situations? (Have you ever been charged with drunk driving?)

Knowing these limits can help you make healthier choices about drinking. If you think you might be drinking too much, talk to a doctor or counselor for help.

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Will Drinking Every Day Kill You?

Drinking alcohol every day can be very harmful to your health. Here are some of the dangers:

  • Liver damage: Drinking every day can damage your liver. Your liver helps clean toxins out of your blood, but too much alcohol can cause liver diseases like cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) or liver cancer. This can make it hard for your liver to work properly.
  • Heart problems: Daily drinking can cause heart problems. It can raise your blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Your heart has to work harder, which can lead to heart failure.
  • Addiction: Drinking every day can lead to alcohol dependence or addiction. Perhaps you need to drink to feel normal or get through the day. Addiction makes it very hard to stop drinking, even if you know it’s bad for you.
  • Mental health issues: Alcohol affects your brain and drinking every day can lead to mental health problems like depression and anxiety. It can also cause memory loss and make it harder to think clearly.
  • Weakened immune system: Drinking daily can weaken your immune system. This means your body has a harder time fighting illnesses and you might get sick more often.
  • Stomach problems: Drinking too much alcohol can cause stomach problems like ulcers and gastritis. It can also lead to inflammation of the pancreas, called pancreatitis, which can be painful and serious.
  • Cancer risk: Drinking every day increases the risk of several types of cancer, including mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, breast, and colon cancer. Alcohol damages the cells in your body, which can lead to cancer over time.
  • Accidents and injuries: Alcohol affects your coordination and judgment, increasing the risk of accidents and injuries. This includes car accidents, falls, and other mishaps that can cause serious harm.

While drinking occasionally and in moderation might not be harmful, drinking every day significantly increases the risk of these serious health problems, many of which can be fatal. Drink responsibly and seek help if you find it hard to control your drinking. If you’re concerned about your drinking habits, talk to a doctor or counselor for support. They can help you find ways to reduce or stop drinking and improve your health.

Will My Insurance Cover Rehab for Alcohol?

The Affordable Care Act of 2010 means that health insurance plans must cover at least part of the costs of alcohol addiction treatment.

Consult your insurer to find out what services are covered by your policy. Ask about out-of-pocket costs like co-pays and deductibles to know the total costs. You can also contact the rehab centers on your shortlist to discuss using insurance to pay for addiction treatment.

For a quick and easy insurance coverage check, click here.

Drinking Every Day FAQs

What are the benefits of alcohol rehab?

Alcohol rehab helps you stop drinking safely, provides medical and emotional support, and teaches you coping skills to stay sober. It offers a structured environment for recovery and access to therapy and support groups.

How do I know if I need to go to rehab for drinking?

You may need rehab if you find it hard to control your drinking, if it affects your daily life, or if you experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop. Talking to a doctor or counselor can help you decide.

Will drinking whiskey every day kill you?

Drinking whiskey every day can be harmful and increase the risk of serious health problems like liver disease, heart issues, and addiction. Over time, heavy daily drinking can lead to life-threatening conditions.

Will drinking beer every day kill you?

Drinking beer every day can also be damaging. Regular drinking can lead to chronic health issues and increase the risk of life-threatening complications over time.

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Get Insurance-Covered Alcohol Rehab at Ohio Recovery

If you have been trying to stop drinking but experienced cravings and withdrawal symptoms, you might need professional help. Reach out to Ohio Recovery and we’ll help you combat alcohol addiction.

We work with most major health insurers so you can get addiction treatment covered by insurance. Access our free insurance check by clicking here.

At Ohio Recovery, we focus on outpatient treatment for alcohol addiction, which means you can receive effective care while keeping up with your daily commitments. For anyone who needs more structure, we also offer intensive outpatient treatment.

Our Cincinnati rehab customizes each treatment program to meet the specific needs of your alcohol addiction. We combine medications, various talking therapies, and counseling to treat alcoholism effectively. We also provide a range of natural treatments.

For effective alcohol addiction treatment in Ohio, call our recovery experts at 877-679-2132.

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Joseph Gilmore

Joseph Gilmore has been working in the addiction industry for half a decade and has been writing about addiction and substance abuse treatment during that time. He has experience working for facilities all across the country. Connect with Joe on LinkedIn.
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Christopher Glover CDCA

My name is Christopher Glover, and I am from Cincinnati, Ohio. I am currently in school and working to grow in competence to better support our community. As a recovering individual I know the struggles that you or a loved one can go through and that there is help for anything you may be struggling with.

The hardest part is asking for help and we are here as a team to best support you and your decision to start your journey towards a better future. Connect with Chris on LinkedIn

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Amanda Kuchenberg PRS CDCA

I recently joined Ohio Community Health Recovery Centers as a Clinical Case Manager. I am originally from Wisconsin but settled in the Cincinnati area in my early 20s.  My career started in the fashion industry but quickly changed as I searched to find my drive and passion through helping others who struggle with addiction. 

As someone who is also in recovery, I wanted to provide hope, share lived experience, and support others on their journey.  I currently have my Peer Recovery Support Supervision Certification along with my CDCA and plan to continue my education with University of Cincinnati so I can continue to aid in the battle against substance addiction. Connect with Amanda on LinkedIn.

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Patrick McCamley LCDC III

 Patrick McCamley (Clinical Therapist) is a Cincinnati native who has worked in substance use disorder/co-occurring mental health disorder treatment since 2019. Patrick received his bachelors degree in psychology from University of Cincinnati in 2021 and received his LCDC III (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor) license from the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board in 2022. Patrick has worked in Clinical Operations, Clinical Case Management, and Clinical Therapy throughout his career.

Patrick has tremendous empathy and compassion for the recovery community, being in recovery himself since 2018. Patrick is uniquely qualified to be helpful because of the specific combination of his academic background and his own experience in recovery.

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Bill Zimmerman CDCA

Bill Zimmerman is a Greater Cincinnati Area native who has worked in substance use disorder/co-occurring mental health disorder treatment since 2018. Bill received his (Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant) license from the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board in 2020.

Bill has worked in Clinical Operations in both support and supervision, and Program facilitating and 12 step recovery support during his career. Bill has a passion for the recovery community, having been in recovery himself since 1982. Connect with Bill on LinkedIn

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Taylor Lilley CDCA, PRS

Growing up in Louisiana with addiction running rampant on both sides of my family. A life away from drugs and alcohol seemed impossible for someone like me. I remember what it was like sitting across from someone thinking there is no way they could ever understand what I was going through.

Sharing my experience offers a credibility and a certain type of trust with clients that only someone who has walked down this road can illustrate. To immerse myself further into the field of addiction, I am currently studying at Cincinnati State for Human and Social Services.  I hope I never forget where I came from, if I can do it, so can you!

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Thomas Hunter LSW

Hello my name is Thomas Hunter. I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. I am a licensed social worker.In my scope of practice I have worked in the areas of mental health and recovery for thirty years. The clients I have worked with in my career have ranged in age from seven to seventy.

I strive each day to serve my purpose of helping those in need and I believe I do so by utilizing all of my experiences to accomplish my goal of supporting those who desire to establish their sobriety and maintain it in their recovery. Connect with Thomas on LinkedIn.

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Mary D.Porter,LICDC

 My name is Mary D. Porter. I received my Masters of Social Work in 2008 from The University of Cincinnati. I received My Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor Licensure in 2001. I retired from The Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center on April 14, 2014. Currently, I am the Associate Clinical Director for The Ohio Community Health Recovery Centers in Cincinnati.. Due to the fourth wave of the Opioid Epidemic in 2019,  I decided to enter back into the workforce to assist the addicted population.

The overdoses were astounding and I wanted to help.  I consider myself  to be an advocate for the addicted population. My compassion, resilience, empathy, wisdom, knowledge, experience and  love I have for this forgotten population goes beyond words. I consider what I do for the addicted population as a calling versus a “career,” because I too was once an “addict and alcoholic.” Today I am 45.5 years alcohol and substance free.

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Ben Lemmon LCDC III

Hello, my name is Ben Lemmon, and I’m the Vice President and Clinical Director at Ohio Community Health Recovery Centers. I’ve been working in the addiction and mental health field since 2013 and decided to enter the field after overcoming my own challenges with addiction.

When I first meet a client, I always explain to them that the reason we are meeting is because they are not capable of obtaining or maintaining sobriety, and my goal is to create a person that can maintain sobriety. I believe a person’s personality is made up of their thoughts, feelings and actions and my job is to help clients identify the thoughts, feelings and actions that have them disconnected from recovery and provide them with the tools to live a healthy and happy life. Connect with Ben on LinkedIn