Learn How you can Enjoy Social Activities without the
“Dangerous” Risk to your Health and Well being
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?
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), in 2015, 15.1 million Trusted Source Adults (6.2 percent of the population) had an alcohol use problem.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), globally, 3.3 million Trusted Source deaths every year result from the harmful use of alcohol.
What exactly does a Social Alcoholic mean & What are the problems associated with this?
Unfortunately alcohol is still a very sociably accepted part of Group gatherings – whether that be special events such as birthdays, anniversaries, business, sporting events etc. OK, I am not going to deny that I enjoy the occasional drink of wine or two. But I believe that it has surpassed the enjoyment stage when you have become so accustomed to the taste and feel of alcohol that it leads onto the extra glass or two. To what is seen as quantities that seem to out of control.
Indications that you have Moved from Social Drinker – To a Social Alcoholic
The move from social drinking to drinking becoming a problem can occur over a short or long time. The person is often unaware of this progression. As social drinking moves toward addiction, the individual will use denial as a means to rationalize their increasingly dangerous behavior. It is only when they are forced into a position where they need to control their alcohol use that their problem becomes more obvious. Even though the drinker may be unaware of their slide into alcohol abuse, there are warning signs. They will usually experience at least one of the following:
- 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 us see how “Tanked We can Get”
The number of people who binge drink continues to increase each year. Even with research studies and information about the dangers of excessive drinking, alcohol is still frequently viewed as a fun pastime.
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.
Drinking large amounts of alcohol can affect you mentally, physically, and emotionally. Not only can binge drinking hurt you, it can also take a toll on your family members and friends. Destroying positive and loving relationships. For me personally I do not see any pleasure, fun or enjoyment in getting tanked/smashed whatever the term is called. I do not like being “SICK” nor being vulnerable.
In the short term it creates vomiting, headaches, migraines and loss of bodily functions.The forgotten memories of the prior events then days of getting your body back into somewhat of a normal state if you remain alcohol free. Now long term for those of you who may be interested, it will lead to kidney and liver malfunction: Cancer, Alzheimer’s and dementia. Now you may say to yourself this is a long way off and the care factor therefore minimized to non existent Digging a Little Deeper let’s have a look at the people in your life – What about your loved ones who have to stand by watching you destroy your life and deteriorate to a point where no one is able to help you.
What is a Social Alcoholic?
A person who drinks alcohol to excess habitually. Drinking alcohol in excess that is going to be detrimental to your body and your body functions is drinking in excess of 3 – 6 alcoholic drinks over the period of a week.
6 Keys as to 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!
Remember! What may give you a feeling of happiness and enlightment short term. Will undoubtly have long term detrimental results for which are going to be devastating to you or your loved ones. You are the one who will do the suffering. Whether it be cancer, dementia, kidney disease. Financial crisis occurs because you are not able to work or function effectively.
The Only Person that can help you is YOU! Valuing who you are! Knowing that Alcohol is NOT YOUR BEST FRIEND: BUT YOUR WORST ENEMY! When it takes over your life. You deserve better. Becoming aware is the first step to decreasing your drinking. It is quite common, and I know personally that I have had so-called friends trying to encourage me to have another drink, refilling my glass.
Additional Support Articles for you to Read
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STOP! Worrying if Someone Likes You. Learn the Steps to Break Free
You Are Not out to Win the Friendship of People who have
No Thought or Care for your Wellbeing
True Friends will not always say what you want to hear. There will be times that because they care about you they will say what you need to hear. No True Friend wants to see you “Destroy” your Life
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
Eliminating Negative Habits
Eliminating the Habit of Smoking will also help to Decrease your Drinking If you are struggling with this, it may sound funny but I have written a book on “Why can’t I give up Smoking”, this is a book that will help you even if you aren’t a smoker, but are having difficulty eliminating negative habits that will cause you, irrepairable damage
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