As a social drinker you may be considered as a low-risk drinker. Not seen as being an alcoholic as such. You may find yourself becoming defensive when friends or family members show some concern in regards to your increase consumption of alcohol. After all you are just enjoying a drink socially, there is nothing to worry about or is there?
What exactly does a social alcoholic mean & what are the problems associated with this?
Indications that you have Moved from Social Drinker – To a Social Alcoholic
- DUI or other legal problem due to alcohol
- Continued alcohol use despite negative consequences
- Failure to meet responsibilities at home or in the workplace
- Alcohol use is leading the individual into dangerous situations
- Drinking alcohol becomes a regular part of their life, no matter what time of day and no reason is required.
- Continually looking for fellow people to drink with
- Drinking begins to take over from eating regular meals
- Other negative habits begin creeping in or becoming worse such as smoking, taking drugs both illegal and pharmaceutical
- Signs of ill-health such as a continual cough, unexplained weight gain, digestive and bowel problems just to name a few.
Binge stage of bottles and let’s see how “tanked we can get”
Although binge drinking is not formerly classed as alcoholism or alcohol dependency, it comes with the same risks and is known to be a “Deadly” pastime.
In the short term it creates vomiting, headaches, migraines and loss of bodily functions.
What is a Social Alcoholic?
What You can do!
- Well the first step is to realize the habit that has accumulated.
- Then to begin to reduce your intake of alcohol, firstly at home – have “No Alcoholic beverages in the house.
- Replace alcoholic drinks either with water, freshly squeezed juices or Kombucha.
- Kombucha is a great way to replace alcoholic beverages as it also helps to regain healthy digestion that has been damaged through the excess alcohol consumption.
- When you go out begin with water, then say a bitter, lime and lemon. You may well find after this you don’t want anything else to drink.
- Don’t allow anyone to have influence over what or how much you drink. It is OK to say NO!
Safe limits for Social Drinking of Alcohol
- Only drink occasionally, meaning less than twice a week and only 1 – 2 drinks.
- Do not need to drink alcohol to have a good time
- Never allow alcohol to cause problems or trouble in their life
- Don’t use alcohol as a tension or anxiety breaker
- Social activities aren’t all about alcohol and drinking
- Stick to the safety net of only 1 – 2 alcoholic drinks