Are you at Risk of Being a Social Alcoholic?
A Hidden Threat to your Health & Quality of Life!
As a social drinker you may be considered as a low-risk drinker. You are not seen as an alcoholic, at least not yet. You may find yourself becoming defensive when friends or family members express their growing concern about your excessive drinking. After all, you are just having a drink with friends, right? Or are you?
In this article you will learn the definition of a Social Alcoholic, how the transition can occur, associated problems, how this can lead to binge drinking, especially with young adults. You will also discover six effective ways to restore balance: and “Learning to say No!”
Alcoholism is the continued drinking of alcohol despite the negative effects and related health problems it causes. With alcohol being accepted part of social activities, it can easily turn from drinking one or two drinks a couple of times a week to drinking more and more often. This can lead to a dangerous risk of becoming a social alcoholic.
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 is a Social Alcoholic?
Problems associated with this?
Unfortunately, for many people, alcohol is still a very sociably accepted part of Group gatherings and special events such as birthdays, anniversaries, business, sporting events. 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 accustomed to the taste and feel of alcohol that it leads onto the extra glass or two. What are seen as quantities that cause damage to your health and your life.
Negative Effects Associated with Excess Consumption of Alcohol
- Becoming unpredictable and unreliable
- Loss of Employment: Home or Business
- Increase in Violence and Anger outbursts
- Loss of interest in relationships or developing friendships
- Financial problems due to excessive spending on alcohol
- Limited career opportunities due to a conviction for an alcohol-related offence
- Impacts on work performance
- Losing friends because of the negative behaviours from the consequence of excessive drinking
- Attract negative friends, who constantly drink to excess, often combined with smoking and other drug habits
- Reduced sexual performance and enjoyment.
- Increased Risk of Serious Health Problems that include kidney failure, cancer, liver, heart and cardiovascular disease
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 behaviour. 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:
1: DUI or other legal problem due to alcohol
2: Continued alcohol use despite negative consequences.
3: Failure to meet responsibilities at home or in the workplace.
4: Alcohol use is leading the individual into dangerous situations.
5: Drinking alcohol becomes a regular part of their life, no matter what time of day and no reason is required.
6: Continually looking for fellow people to drink with
7: Drinking begins to take over from eating regular meals.
8: Other negative habits begin creeping in or becoming worse such as smoking, taking drugs both illegal and pharmaceutical
9: Signs of ill-health such as a continual cough, unexplained weight gain, digestive and bowel problems just to name a few.
Binge stage of Drinking
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, but 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.
6 Effective Ways How to Restore Balance
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.
1: First important step is to realize the habit that has accumulated.
2: Then to begin to reduce your intake of alcohol, firstly at home – have “No Alcoholic beverages in the house.
3: Replace alcoholic drinks either with water, freshly squeezed juices or Kombucha.
4: 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.
5: 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.
6: 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.
Learning to Say “No”
Is a Must for your Mental and Emotional Sanity. Giving you every opportunity to Live a Life of Optimal Health, Happiness & Vitality
How to STOP! Worrying if Someone Likes You
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
Developing Positive Relationships & Understanding the Signature of a True Friend is Essential for Living a Healthy and Happy Life
Safe limits for Social Drinking of Alcohol
* Only drink occasionally, meaning no more 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
If you find sticking to these suggestions too difficult, it is important to then seek Professional help and support. It may be necessary to abstain from alcohol totally.
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