Why do you drink alcohol? Do you engage take alcohol because you’re feeling low, depressed, or exhausted? Well, whether you are a heavy, a social, or an occasional alcohol drinker, you basically drink for a reason. You know very well that consuming alcoholic beverages regularly is never a good idea. Apart from the fact that excessive drinking has harmful effects to you and your family, it also causes lifelong fatal diseases that you may not even be aware of.
More often than not, heavy drinkers may not even realize that they’ve already become alcohol dependent. Eventually, they will find it hard to quit and get back to their senses. One thing is for sure, people have various reasons as to why they drink beer or wine, not to mention their drinking habits vary from time to time.
However, there are a few things that only those people who drink A LOT of alcohol will understand. Read on and see if you could also relate to these things.
You Find Alcohol Is The Quickest Escape From Your Problems.
There are those who consider alcohol as the solution to all their life problems. It is the fastest get away from their worries and burdens. Well, the truth is that it only rewards you with a temporary relief that makes you feel a bit better, quite relaxed, and yes, even normal again. Yet it still leaves you feeling stressed out and fed up. When you’re under the influence of alcohol, you seem to just enjoy living in an imaginary world for some time, to say the least.
“One key symptom of alcoholism is that the individual comes to need a drink for every mood–one to calm down, one to perk up, one to celebrate, one to deal with disappointment, and so on.” – PHYLLIS A. BALCH
It Somehow Conceals Painful Memories & Tough Experiences.
If the odds are against you and you feel that the world has turned its back on you, you see alcohol as your best buddy. It is someone who’s always there for you and won’t leave you no matter what. Once you are intoxicated, you are in a state of oblivion and that’s how you like it.
When You’re Tipsy, You Kiss All The ‘Lows’ Goodbye.
You are then hooked to drinking alcoholic beverages because you can get rid of lows, fears, miseries, and insecurities. Once you get the diversion you need, it has become your habit. You intoxicate yourself with alcohol especially when things aren’t working the way you want them to work.
Alcohol Has You Covered Most Times.
Some new drinkers may use alcohol as a way to flee from personal issues or cope with problems. Alcohol may temporarily divert focus and attention elsewhere. Thus, despite your awareness that when you go back to being sober, problems still exist and nothing has changed.
Alcohol Is Your Ultimate Stress-Buster.
More than relieving stress levels, you stand firm that the amount of stress is directly proportional to the amount of alcohol intake. Your stress levels generally dictate the amount of alcohol you gulp down in order to get the “satisfaction” you need.
You Feel A Sense Of Belonging With Every Drink.
Perhaps you started drinking due to peer pressure or as a reaction to your social environment. With your strong desire to fit in, you tried your first shot. And from then on, you – just like many people out there – drink alcohol in a social setting. You were drinking to feel accepted or be counted as part of the environment.
Although we don’t judge your drinking habits and your reasons for doing so, we wish to constantly remind you of the harmful effects of alcohol in your body. More so, we hope that you can consider quitting the habit for a better life and a healthier you.
Other Long-Term Effects of Alcohol
Binge drinking and continued alcohol use in large amounts are associated with many health problems, including, but not limited to:
- Unintentional injuries such as car crash, falls, burns, drowning;
- Intentional injuries such as firearm injuries, sexual assault, domestic violence;
- Increased on-the-job injuries and loss of productivity;
- Increased family problems, broken relationships;
- Alcohol poisoning;
- Permanent damage to the brain; and,
- Vitamin B1 deficiency and malnutrition.