Alcohol Addiction

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Alcohol addiction begins as a casual, social form of enjoyment. However, for some, this casual activity can become habit forming.

As a life coach I try to bring awareness to certain lifestyle patterns we have a tendency to establish. In this way, you are more aware of behaviors that can hinder your progress in life.

Warning Signs

1. When you are able to consume several drinks without getting drunk.

2. When you can't get your day started without a drink. If you find that after that first drink you start feeling better, recognize this as a huge, red flag.

You may like to consider yourself a social drinker, but are you truly aware of how much alcohol you consume? Do you know your pattern of drinking? Start by writing down how much you consume on a daily basis for a typical week. At the end of the week, is your alcohol consumption within a safe and healthy limit? Please become more conscious of your alcohol intake.

According to the National Institute of Health, the general guideline for a healthy pattern of alcohol consumption is two drinks or less per day and preferably wine. Each type of alcoholic drink contains different amounts of pure alcohol. So be aware!

A standard drink is

One 12-ounce bottle of beer or wine cooler

One 5-ounce glass of wine

1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits

Here are some interesting facts. Long term use of alcohol can cause

  • brain damage

  • cancer

  • hepatitis

  • liver cirrhosis

  • heart disease

  • mental illness such as alcohol dependence, depression, anxiety, or social problems.

    Tips To Avoid Drinking Excessively

  • Make sure you eat before you begin to drink. When there is food in your stomach, the alcohol will be absorbed more slowly.

  • When you arrive at your destination, begin with some soft drink or water. This helps to quench your thirst. This doesn’t make you a wimp. It only makes you look smarter.

  • Be conscious of how much you consume. Stay on top of it.
  • Drink slowly. Don’t guzzle. Take sips, not gulps and let your glass take a rest in between sips.

  • Stay away from salty nuts and chips. This only makes your thirstier, so you drink more. This is why they are placed in front of you.

  • Don’t’ forget to count keep count of your drinks.

  • Stay engaged in an activity. You have a tendency to drink less when you are busy doing something like dancing or playing pool.

  • Don’t give in to peer pressure. The amount of drink you consume doesn’t win you an award. Be able to say NO.

    Alcohol addiction is never anyone’s intention. For some there may be a history of alcohol abuse in the family. Are you aware of any family history of alcohol addiction? If so, this can predispose you to alcohol dependency. Be aware! Talk to your physician about it.

    Why do you need to consume alcohol during the week? This can lead your down the path to alcohol addiction. Skip the beers, or going to the bars after work and instead go to the gym. If you have children, what kind of example are you setting for your children? Why not set some healthy examples especially if you have a history of alcohol addiction in your family. Clean up your act and make a new start for the generations that follow after you. Be the one to break that addictive cycle for generations to come.

    If you notice that your pattern of drinking is beyond the healthy limits, I suggest you find help. Talk to someone about it. There are many treatment centers in your area. If you feel you don’t need help, then try to incorporate other productive things in your life to replace the alcohol consumption. If your find you cannot do so, then you may need help after all.

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