Alcohol Use Disorder

Are you drinking to escape reality or life’s problems?

drinking to escape realityDrinking to escape reality is a very common situation. You had an awful day at work, so you get home and reach for the bottle opener. As you slump down into your favorite armchair and take a big gulp of the wine – suddenly everything seems a little better.

This is understandable because alcohol is a mild anesthetic.

Then morning rolls around.

All of a sudden, all your problems reappear but you have the added problems of guilt, regret, and tiredness. You drag yourself to work while the sledgehammer that appears to be snagged somewhere just under the top of your skull get to work.

Drinking to Escape Problems Does Not Last.

Stress Relief?

In the boozy moment of last night’s stress relief, life seems to slow and you could care less about your problems. If you are out at a bar or pub everyone around you seems to be having a blast. The next day, however, you’re right back where you started off from.

All your problems return, only now you have a headache to deal with. Not to mention that the very scent of food makes you want to throw up.

In instances of stress, sadness, temper or similar adverse emotions, the allure of alcohol consumption appears to provide one thing. A momentary break from reality. We’re an impatient society these days. We don’t want to wait for anything, we want to feel better and we want it right now, God damn it!

The issue is that, regardless of how much we drink, all those challenges are still there when we recover. Alcohol does not stop life’s problems, it just pauses there delivery. You are still getting all that was coming plus the addition of all the horrible issues that alcohol brings with it.

Drinking To Escape Debt

For example: If you are stressed out by mounting debt. Spending $10 a day on wine or spirits is hardly helping the situation.

The average Stop Drinking Expert member saves over $3500 per year. Money that previously would have been spent on a foul tasting drug that made them feel terrible. It’s a no-brainer really.

It’s A No-Brainer

The remedy to a vicious and hateful employer isn’t at the bottom of a bourbon bottle and the secret to taking care of a dysfunctional relationship isn’t found by putting away an eight-pack of beer.

Proof of this intoxicated moment phenomenon is observed in a brand-new research study that suggests people are momentarily happier when consuming alcohol. However, in the long-term, drinking never corresponds to enhanced satisfaction with life.

In fact, the study headed up by renowned social protocol expert Doctor Geiger. Found that individuals with drinking problems are on the whole much less contented with their lives.

Life Satisfaction and Drinking

Geiger’s research study set out to review how happiness and alcohol consumption connect with each other over a set time frame. Using an iPhone-based application and a traditional associate research method. Here’s what they found:

iPhone Application:

With greater than 2.5 million user feedback reports, users showed researchers what they were doing, with whom and how cheerful they were. On a scale of 0 to 100, individuals were four percentage points happier when drinking alcohol. Good news right? Well, not really because hardly any of this happiness flowed down into the times when they weren’t drinking.

The research seemed to show that alcohol is like a sticking plaster. It is temporary and there will be pain when you take it off.

Conventional Research Study:

Individuals in between the ages of 31 and 41 were asked to review how they felt when they were drinking alcohol compared to how they felt when they weren’t drinking. Using those evaluations, the participants were asked to evaluate sensations of overall lifestyle contentment.

In the long run, scientists found that decreased sensations of wellness went hand-in-hand with questionable levels of alcohol consumption.

Summary

dry januaryIn spite of all the technological advances we’ve made, there’s no conclusive way to measure happiness or satisfaction in a research laboratory. Alcohol might give us an impression of satisfaction in the moment. However, those intoxicating feelings of immediate satisfaction always fade and they pale in comparison to the real thing.

The sensation of relaxation from alcohol is an illusion created by the conditioning of your subconscious by the drug.

Basically, alcohol creates an uncomfortable sensation and then sets itself up as the solution to the problem. It should be obvious that if there was no alcohol then there would be no problem to solve.

This is why I am so vocal about alcohol being the most devious and evil drug on planet earth. Some people get offended at that suggestion (mainly drinkers) but go tell that to the families of the 2.5 million people who are killed by alcohol every year.

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Craig Beck - The Stop Drinking Expert

About the author: Craig Beck ([email protected]) is the world's #1 quit drinking coach. Using his experience as a former problem drinker, combined with an expert knowledge of NLP & human behavior. He has helped over 50,000 people to quit drinking, without willpower, rehab or medication. Discover how to stop drinking quickly and easily today.

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