How Do You Know When Your Drinking Has Gone Too Far?

Binge drinking on the weekends will create a problem with alcohol.
Alcohol is a highly addictive substance, and alcoholism affects millions of people in the world. Drinking on a daily basis is a way to easily slip into a problem with alcohol.

Binge drinking on the weekends will also create a problem with alcohol. If you are questioning whether or not you have a drinking problem, here are some ways to tell if your alcohol use has gone too far:

• Blackouts: A blackout is when you cannot remember the events that happened while you were drinking. If you wake up in the morning after a night of binge drinking, and you cannot recall something as simple as how you got home, you may have a drinking problem. Blackouts can be dangerous to your own life and your relationships. While under the influence of alcohol, inhibitions are lowered, and you may say and do things that you may not normally would. When you cannot even remember what you said or did, you are unaware of things that you said to those people around you. This makes it difficult to apologize for anything offensive that you may have said or done.

• Drinking alone: When you are no longer drinking for social or celebratory reasons and you are now drinking alone, this can be a sign of a problem with alcohol. When you drink alone, you are essentially hiding you alcohol use, and no one is there to judge you for the amount you are consuming. Drinking alone usually results in the consumption of more alcohol than you normally would if you were drinking in a social situation.

• Drinking to Get Drunk: If every time you drink your goal is to get drunk, you more than likely have a drinking problem. Drinking is meant to relax the user, not to get them inebriated. If you cannot enjoy some alcohol without taking it to the extreme, you may need to seek help for your drinking problem.

• Experiencing Withdrawal Symptoms After a Day of Drinking: Those individuals who are subject to alcohol withdrawal symptoms are those who drink daily, those who participate in excessive or binge drinking regularly, and those who previously have had withdrawal symptoms. Some withdrawal symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, elevated blood pressure, anxiety, intense fatigue, and sleep disturbances such as insomnia, shakiness, foggy thinking, and an inability to concentrate. Alcohol withdrawal can occur as soon as six hours after the last drink and symptoms usually peak within seventy-two hours. They may last for a few days, or persist for weeks. Alcohol withdrawal can potentially deadly, especially if the drinker is experiencing delirium tremens, a symptom that includes hallucinations, seizures, dangerously high blood pressure, tremors, and disorientation. If you are experiencing alcohol withdrawal, you must seek medical attention immediately.  

• Having More Days In Which You Drink Than Days You Are Sober: Drinking regularly can make the user easily develop a dependency which can lead to withdrawal symptoms once the alcohol leaves the bloodstream. A way to keep from developing an addiction to alcohol is to never drink two days or more consecutively, and to make sure you have more days in your week in which you are not drinking.

• You Have to Increase Your Alcohol Intake to Achieve the Desired Effect: If you are finding that you must consume more alcohol to experience the same feeling of relaxed, it is a sign that you have developed a tolerance to alcohol and your body has become dependent on the substance. You may need medical intervention to decrease or stop your alcohol intake.

Alcohol is a dangerous substance that claims victims daily. It can take control of an individual’s lives very easily and without warning. Becoming physically dependent on alcohol is dangerous and can make quitting alcohol very difficult.

If you feel that your drinking has become a problem, it is important to go to a treatment facility that can help you break your addiction and help you learn to live a sober life.  

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