Are you concerned about the amount of alcohol you consume? If you have found this article, you may not identify as an alcoholic, but you are equally likely to be expressing concern about how much alcohol you are currently drinking.
The terms 'alcoholic' and 'problem drinker' are often used interchangeably, with most drinkers tending to prefer the latter title given the negative connotations associated with alcoholism.
However, we urge you to look at the facts as they present themselves and not hide from the fact you may be an alcoholic. Protecting your ego in this way could lead to your demise because denial will mean your drinking continues unchecked before it's too late.
To help you determine whether you suffer from alcoholism or 'problem drinking,' we've put together this handy guide outlining many signs that may signify you suffer from such a problem.
Whilst alcohol may have positive effects when it comes to social interaction, abusing alcohol causes many negative side effects. These side effects include liver disease, high blood pressure, stroke, cancer and heart disease.
Let's also not forget that drinking alcohol damages your cognitive performance. Thus, when you are 'drunk', you are more likely to injure yourself or another person.
Drinking too much alcohol also takes its toll from a social perspective. If you suffer from a drinking problem, you are more likely to engage in domestic violence or to be absent from work. This may lead to job loss and the breakdown of family life.
Since January 2016, the UK Government revised the drinking guidelines. Now, drinking alcohol cannot be considered 'safe' or 'healthy'. The UK Government now recommends both men and women should not drink more than two units of alcohol a day.
Now, we launch into the signs that signify you may be drinking too much alcohol. If you relate to more than two of these signs, you may consider reaching out to Rehab 4 Alcoholism for advice on reducing your drinking. The help you will receive will vastly reduce your chances of developing deadly health problems related to excessive alcohol consumption.
If you find it hard to say 'no' to drinking alcohol, you may suffer from an addiction to alcohol. You may drink alcohol in the morning, afternoon or evening despite promising yourself that you will not drink alcohol. If so, consult your GP or contact Rehab 4 Alcoholism on 0800 111 4108.
Like other drugs, excessive consumption of alcohol causes tolerance. Why? Because your body becomes resistant to the effects of alcohol over time. This means you must drink greater quantities of alcohol in order to experience the desired effects. If you have developed a tolerance to alcohol meaning you drink more alcohol than everybody else without feeling drunk, you might be suffering from alcoholism.
Do you think about drinking alcohol all day? Perhaps you plan your life around alcohol. Preoccupation with alcohol is powerful evidence that you are suffering from alcoholism.
Do you experience a powerful sense of guilt after a heavy drinking session? Perhaps this is because you promised yourself and your loved ones that you will never drink again. Furthermore, alcohol causes you to engage in anti-social behaviour. When you awake following a heavy drinking session, you may regret what you've done or said as a result of your drinking. If this is the case, you are likely experiencing a bout of problem drinking.
If you related to only one or two of the above signs of problem drinking, you should begin by enforcing a short period of abstinence. This period is typically one month in duration.
Following this period of abstinence, you should try to limit your drinking to no more than two drinks per day. Also, try to substitute alcohol for alcohol-free alternatives. This includes herbal teas, tonic water and coconut water.
Try to limit your drinking to the weekends. When you attend social functions, ensure you have practised your script where you say 'no' to drinking alcohol. This is especially important if you live a particularly social lifestyle.
If you relate to more than two of the above signs of problem drinking, you really should consider seeking out professional help for your problem drinking. You can contact Rehab 4 Alcoholism on 0800 111 4108. This service is 100% confidential and free.