Drinking Alcohol is a common pastime of many Americans, and indeed, of many people throughout the world. It’s normalized in almost all forms of media, from tv shows and movies to songs on the radio. The media has shown binge drinking and getting drunk to be the norm, so how do we know when our drinking or using habit has gone too far?
1.No Matter How Many Times You Tell Yourself You’re Going to Stop, You Don’t
You wake up in the morning and tell yourself that today, you are not going to drink or use, that you don’t need it, that you are stronger than the substance and can do this. And every day, you fail, giving yourself reasons why you deserve that drink or that hit, and you tell yourself you’ll stop tomorrow. The cycle then repeats itself all over again.
2.Your Tolerance is Growing
It takes more Alcohol to give you that truly good feeling that you’re looking for every time. It used to take only a couple drinks to get you that buzz you were looking for; now it takes twice that much.
3.You Start Getting Reckless
You go to work while drunk, or find that you’re waking up in places you don’t remember being at, or next to people you don’t know. Maybe you’re fighting while drunk, or calling people and saying things you don’t remember.
You’re driving while intoxicated, or you start to steal to pay for your Alcohol. Or you got a little too violent while out drinking, and now the police are arresting you for assault.
5.You Can’t Get Through a Day Without Alcohol
You’ve tried going about your normal, daily routine without the aid of Alcohol, but you just don’t feel as though you can function without it. You have to drink in order to feel any sort of normalcy in your life.
6.You Begin Lying About Your Use
When friends, family or coworkers ask you about your night, you lie about how much you drank, if you tell them you drank at all. Before going to a party or dinner with friends or family, you drink beforehand, so it doesn’t look like you’ve drunk that much when you see them and have some more; then you continue to drink after, when no one is around to judge you.
7.You Have Put Yourself and/or Others in Danger
You’ve gotten behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated, or you have done any potentially dangerous work while drunk or high, or you can’t remember what you did the night before, and this becomes a recurring pattern.
8.Your Loved Ones Have Talked to You About Your Substance Use
Your loved ones have expressed worry about your drinking habits, or they’ve expressed worry over things in your life that have been affected by your drinking and drug use.
9.You Go Through Withdrawal Symptoms
Withdrawal symptoms include, but are not limited to, shaking, headaches, cramps, irritability, and even paranoia. Every time you go without a drink, you start to feel any, or all, of these symptoms.
10.You Want to Stop but are Unsure How
You’ve looked at others who don’t drink as much as you, or those who have stopped completely, and you want to know how they have done so. You want to stop being the Alcohol abuser of your family and friend group and learn how you can live your life without it. You start looking up recovery and rehab sites online, or start asking your friends how they do it. You show an interest in wanting to change for the better.
Whether you have been drinking for only a short time, or for many years of your life, it is never too late to turn your life around and stop allowing Alcohol to run your life. If you find that you relate to many of the things on this list, you can reach out and get the help you need to stop your drinking today.
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