Alcoholism is a very dangerous and unhealthy condition to have. And the worst part is that people who suffer from it rarely ever think that they actually have a problem. If you’ve ever heard of Alcoholics Anonymous, the group meetings conducted by people striving to overcome their addiction, there’s a reason that step one of the program is simply admitting that you cannot function without alcohol in your life.
If you think that you might be struggling with an alcohol addiction, meaning that it dominates your mind and you can’t stop drinking when you want to, you might need to do a bit of soul-searching–and it starts with answering a few questions.
1. Do people often criticize your drinking habits?
Of course, everyone’s opinion is just that, an opinion, but there’s also a good chance that they’re only bringing it up because they truly care about your well-being.
If you feel annoyed or irritated when someone questions your drinking habits, it might be a good idea to take a step back and figure out why they’re doing so.
If you’ve ever gotten drunk alone to avoid the criticism, that’s even more cause for concern, and a sign that you should rethink how you handle alcohol.
2. Do you often try to cure your hangovers by simply drinking more?
Do you typically find yourself seeking out more alcohol as a means to cure the hangover that’s knocking on your doorstep? Drinking more alcohol to ease a hangover might seem like a good idea at the time, but all you’re really doing is putting off your hangover until later as your body stops metabolizing it once you start ingesting more.
It could also be a sign that you’re brain chemistry has changed due to alcohol consumption, leading you to feel more comfortable in an altered state than a regular one. If your brain cannot cope without alcohol, it’s a sign that you need to make some lifestyle changes.
3. When you drink, do you feel guilty about doing so?
Funny how everyone always promises themselves that they’ll never drink again after they’ve had a poor night slumped over a toilet and an equally rough morning that follows.
However, this is completely different than feeling shameful and guilty of your drinking habits.
If you notice that you regret drinking alcohol more often than you feel good about it, it’s a good time to start questioning why you’re drinking in the first place. Not to mention, it’s not healthy to completely forget where you were or what happened to you after you started drinking.
4. Do you often tell yourself that you need to stop drinking?
Knowing your limits is a good thing. Knowing your limits and continuously disregarding them each time you drink is a bad thing. If you find that you simply cannot limit yourself to one or two drinks, and almost always have four or five or more, it’s a good idea to start asking yourself why.
Maybe you’ve even tried to quit altogether in the past, only to succumb to your urges shortly after promising yourself you’d stop. These are all signs that it’s time for a change.
If you want to quit drinking, but just aren’t sure how to go about getting started (or possibly even need some help doing so), you can use the many resources that are found on the Alcoholics Anonymous website to begin the process. Or, you can call this 24/7 free hotline!