Hey it’s just an occasional drink right?
We all like to go out and let loose from time to time. But often, that occasional drink becomes a slippery slope, leading to a serious problem with alcohol.
No one, not even celebrities, is immune from developing an addiction to alcohol.
In this post, we’ll discuss how your occasional drink at happy hour can turn into an addiction that poisons you.
If You’re Drinking to Deal With Stress
We’re all looking for better ways to manage the intense amount of anxiety and stress in our lives. In fact, 44% of Americans say their stress level is only getting higher every year.
While an occasional drink can help you calm down after a brutal day at the office, if you use alcohol as a coping mechanism to deal with everyday stress – or worse, an actual anxiety disorder – you’ll end up making your symptoms worse.
What starts as an occasional drink after work can very quickly turn into a daily ritual. Your body will build up a higher tolerance, meaning you’ll need to drink more to “take the edge off.”
Plus, since alcohol increases your stress level, you’ll drink more to numb the pain, creating a vicious cycle. Before you know it, that occasional drink has turned into full-fledged alcoholism.
Instead, to cope with stress, try working out or learning something new by watching a tutorial on YouTube (focusing on instructions takes your mind off your stress.)
If You’re Not Aware Of the Limits
These days, with so much conversation about casual binge drinking and “wine culture” floating around us, it can be tough to figure out if your drinking levels are normal.
Though jokes about giant wine glasses and hilarious texts you’ve sent when binge drinking can be funny, they’re also contributing to the enabling of drinking culture.
From what you read online, it’s easy to think that your drinking habits are still way more under control than everyone else’s.
Still, you might be surprised to learn the reality of these limits.
For women, drinking more than three drinks a day, or about a total of 7-8 drinks every week can be a sure sign that alcoholism has started to develop.
Men have a slightly higher tolerance: they should aim to consume no more than 4 drinks every day, or about 14 every week.
But the number of drinks you have can be tough to tell, too. These days, drinks are loaded with alcohol, and glasses of wine are bigger than ever.
What’s the real serving size you should be following on your drinks?
For beer, it’s about 12 ounces.
For wine, 5 ounces.
For spirits and hard liquor, 1.5 ounces is a single serving.
Stop Your Occasional Drink from Becoming a Problem…Before It’s Too Late
This post has shown just how easy it can be to lose control over your alcohol consumption.
Sometimes, prevention really is the best cure.
But we know it’s not always possible.
If you need help to quit drinking, we’re here to guide you through the process. Check out our blog to get helpful advice about staying safe and getting sober – no judgments.