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The Truth About Alcohol Spending vs. Consumption

Have you ever stopped to add up what you spend on alcohol each week? Each month? How about in a year?

For some, there are unique financial concerns and considerations when it comes to spending money on alcohol. For others, adding rare and collectible spirits to their shelves each month is just part of a hobby.

So, how much is too much when it comes to spending money on alcohol?

Is A $30,000 Monthly Wine Tab A Sign of Alcoholism?

It seems like celebrities are always in the spotlight for their lavish lifestyles and luxurious shopping habits. Rumours were swirling when Johnny Depp’s spending habits were laid out on the table during a 2017 lawsuit. The major topic of controversy…his $30,000 monthly wine budget.

The records revealed bottles of wine ranging from $2,500 per bottle to $135,000 which isn’t that surprising considering he is a leading Hollywood star. These numbers tell us that Mr. Depp has quite an elaborate budget and interest when it comes to spending money on alcohol. But he does not demonstrate an alcohol use disorder based on these details alone.

Sunshine Coast Health Centre uses a simple self-assessment tool called the “3 C Challenge” that can help determine the seriousness of the problem.

The First C – Control

Does your loved one try to set limits on drinking and then fail to abide by them?
Does he drink and drive?
Does she promise to come home but end up at the bar?
Does he set out to have a shot of rye and end up finishing the bottle?
Control problems are early indicators of a growing problem.

The Second C – Compulsion

Does your loved one spend a lot of their energy around planning and/or engaging in their bad habit?
Would your loved one ever go on a vacation without alcohol?
Is 2 or 3 drinks a dinner ritual?
Is it a big deal if there is no alcohol in the house?

The Third C – Consequences

Are problems occurring as a result of your loved one’s bad habit and does he/she continue to engage in the behaviour despite a growing list of negative consequences?
For example, is she starting to have arguments with loved ones around how much she is drinking?
Has she been missing work or making excuses to leave work early?
Has he experienced his first DUI or 24-hour roadside suspension?

If all Three Cs apply, then it could be more than just a bad habit, it could be an addiction.

Our Team Is Here To Help

Little things can turn into big things if you don’t know how to resolve them. Addiction is a response to a lack of meaning (boredom, alienation, loneliness, or a lack of control over one’s life). Our dedicated team is here to walk with you through the recovery process. For more addiction self-tests refer to the Addiction Test section of this website.

At Sunshine Coast Health Centre, we believe that the recovery process needs to move beyond mere healing. Instead, we help our clients experience personal transformation and full integration into society. You don’t need to wait until the brink of disaster to seek help.

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