7 Signs You Are Drinking Too Much

This post will cover 7 signs you are drinking too much.

 

Let's face it.

 

Your drinking is a problem when it begins to start to affect your life in negative ways. Simple as that.

 

It's not about amounts, how often, what specifically happens, or anything like that.

 

Drinking is a problem when it starts to interfere with your 'normal' functioning. That's slightly different for everyone.

 

Then it doesn't matter that there are 5% alcohol content within 12 ounces of beer.

 

You simply don't give a shit.

 

To put it in a nutshell, alcohol never helps your problems, it only makes them worse - in essence the same for every drug.

 

There's always a reason for your consumption and if you don't know the root cause you can easily be triggered.

 

Anyway, let's dive in..

And here's a video if you don't want to read 🙂

Number 1 - You're Often Neuralyzed

Are you familiar with the movie Men in Black and the memory eraser they use?

 

That's exactly what you get with alcohol.

 

When you can't remember anything past about an hour BEFORE you intended to stop and go to bed -> is a sign of too much alcohol consumption.

 

Have you ever drunk to much when you can't remember the movie you watched the night before? 

 

You are looking in the mirror and say, "How'd I get this freaking black eye? Damn my head hurts. I need a drink"

 

Can you relate?

 

Click here to learn more about blackouts and memory lapses.

Number 2 - Fear Of Missing Out

When the thought of more than one sober night in one go horrifies you or if your friends say that you need to give up drinking.

 

 

Hello! That's a sign.

 

The fear of missing out is quite common - here's Kelly Fitzgerald's post on addiction.com about that 'phenomenon' called FOMO.

Number 3 - Escape From Alcatraz

You're reaching for a bottle in order to forget how fucked up your life is only to be happy. It's like the only way to feel different about the shit that is your life.

 

 

Hell yeah, you should really consider to figure out why you are consuming.

Number 4 - Tunnel Vision

Imagine you can only afford either food or booze. If you choose booze then you have your sign. 

 

Have you ever gone to meetings and all you can think of is hitting the liquor store on the way home? Hm..., that's a..., you know.

 

Another example is you line item your budget, say, x amount of dollars for groceries, x amount for gas, etc, and x amount for booze.

 

Can you relate?

 

Suprise, suprise, that's an effect of too much alcohol intake.

 

Ever worried more about if the liquor store has your vodka then if the kids have dinner?

 

And a last one.

 

You exist during the day waiting for drinking time to start.

 

Although this article here from Pennlive is from 2011, it describes perfectly what I mean by having a tunnel vision.

Number 5 - You Feel Weak Without

You think the alcohol makes you someone you are not and you can only interact socially if you are drinking.

 

 

That's another effect if your consumption is beyond good and evil.

 

Psychology Today has an article about that. 

Number 6 - You're An Embarrassment

Finding yourself passed out drunk in a public toilet is def a sign you are drinking too much alcohol.

 

And have you ever been in the bar's restroom for a half hour and someone came to get you off the toilet, because your legs stopped working?

 

Or did you wake up in your bed the next day and your last memory is of being the best macarena dancer that bar has ever seen?

 

Everyone wants to be embarrassing, right?

 

Here's another sign alcohol has more power over you than you think.

 

You lock yourself in the bathroom and sit on the toilet drinking, because you hid the bottle in the bathroom cupboard and you don't want your spouse to know you're drinking.

 

Want more examples?

 

You rotate between two or more liquor stores because you don't want the staff knowing how much booze you're really buying. 

 

Are you familiar with keeping all your empties, because you're too embarrassed to let anyone see you trashing them or returning them?

 

Although Metro has some tips what to do if you embarrassed yourself but that won't fix the root cause.

Number 7 - Loss Of Control

The following scenarios are also very common and the last sign in this post. 

 

Let's get down to the nitty-gritty.

 

You reach the bottom of the bottle and don't know how that happened is one of them. 

 

Or have you ever bought a 12-pack "for the weekend" and it's gone by Saturday morning?

 

That's a man who has lost control over alcohol

 

Have you ever been too drunk at med time to actually take them? Hallelujah, that's a freakin' sign.

 

You might be familiar with wake on the sofa several hours after your last memory of the evening with a full glass still sitting in front of you.

 

It's getting funny, right?

 

Ever passed out, then woke up and started drinking again or ever found yourself drinking while driving down the freeway?

 

There are two more examples, two more signs.

 

You have to get drunk so you can get to sleep.

 

And the last one..

 

Your alcohol intake is too much when almost all of your bank statement transactions are debit card payments to the liquor store.

 

Btw, the loss of control of alcohol use is related to lower glutamate in frontal white matter.

Got It, But Is It An Alcohol Addiction Or An Abuse?

 

 

Downplaying is dangerous because there is a fluent passage. If you are abusing you are already losing control.

 

And if your abuse is not temporary you have the ticket to hell meaning you gonna get addicted to alcohol.

 

Definition Of Alcohol Abuse

 

Anyway, let's have a look how alcohol abuse is defined by DSM-IV you can read at National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

 

Here's what's stated:

 

"In the past year, have you:"

  • Found that drinking - or being sick from drinking - often interfered with taking care of your home or family?
    Or caused job troubles? Or school problems?
  • More than once gotten into situations while or after drinking that increased your chances of getting hurt (such as
    as driving, swimming, using machinery, walking in a dangerous area, or having unsafe sex)?
  • More than once gotten arrested, been held at a police station, or had other legal problems because of your
    drinking?
  • Continued to drink even though it was causing trouble with your family or friends?

 

If only one is true for you, then it's abuse.

Definition Of Alcohol Addiction

 

Again, you can read the definition of dependence at National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

 

There's stated:

 

"In the past year, have you:"

 

  • Had to drink much more than you once did to get the effect you want? Or found that your usual number of drinks had much less effect than before?
  • Found that when the effects of alcohol were wearing off, you had withdrawal symptoms, such as trouble sleeping, shakiness, restlessness, nausea, sweating, a racing heart, or a seizure? Or sensed things that were not there?
  • Had times when you ended up drinking more, or longer, than you intended?
  • More than once wanted to cut down or stop drinking, or tried to, but couldn't?
  • Spent a lot of time drinking? Or being sick or getting over other aftereffects?
  • Given up or cut back on activities that were important or interesting to you, or gave you pleasure, in order to drink?
  • Continued to drink even though it was making you feel depressed or anxious or adding to another health problem? Or after having had a memory blackout?

 

3 or more and you are an addict.

Possible Alcohol Treatments You Can Utilise

Professionals

There are several types of of specialists who can help you treat your alcohol problem like a primary care provider, psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker and alcohol counselor.

 

But it's really the best you talk with your doctor about the best treatment for you - assuming you really want to change your behaviour.

 

Letting go of a drug has a grief process.

 

It's really like you lost someone you love.

Therapies

Luckily there are more than enough you can choose from, because you won't like every one of them.

 

Overview Of Common Therapies

Detox

If you are really drinking like hell, you shouldn't do this on your own. You must be monitored by professionals.

 

Clearing toxins from the body can be quite tough due to the withdrawal symptoms.

 

Again, get in touch with your doc first.

Self-Care

This often comes off badly when you are abusing or an addict.

 

You sometimes really need to start from scratch.

 

Psychology Today has 12 ways you can use as an inspiration.

 

If you have found something really try to do this daily and make it as easy as possible to accomplish.

 

For instance you can take your time to read a book. Then start with 5 minutes. Done. That's it.

 

Then you read 5 min the next day and you do this for 7-14 days.

 

Then you increase - if you get bored.

 

But really push yourself a tiny bit out of your comfort zone, even if you hate it.

Meds

I don't like meds, because they aren't magic pills, magic bullets.

 

Don't get me wrong, they can help to suffer less.

 

But you still suffer.

 

And they will never solve your problem.

 

Anyway, maybe they can help you.

 

Common meds to treat alcoholics are Disulfiram and Acamprosate.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What Are The Side Effects Of Drinking Alcohol Every Day?

  • You won't be understood because you are slurring
  • You better get an insurance because you will get clumsy
  • You won't get the next Anthony Joshua because your reflexes will be delayed
  • You should have a bucket everywhere you go because vomiting can be your new friend
  • You should buy a helmet because mostly you will hit the ground with your head first when you pass out
  • You can apply for a tomatoe company because of the redness of the face during or after periods of consumption

What Happens To Your Body If You Drink Too Much?

 

That's the end result of excessive alcohol consumption

 

That's of course the worst case scenario and the end result if alcohol has the power over you.

 

There are short term health risks like violence, suicide and long term health risks like cancer of the liver, mouth, etc.

 

Read more about at CDC and World Health Organization respectively.

What Constitutes A Heavy Drinker?

  • You have 5 or more drinks in one session or more than 15 drinks per week - as a man
  • You have 4 or more drinks in one session or more than 8 drinks per week - as a woman

Conclusion

If all the signs above didnt't shock you at all, and you are still keen on drinking, then your situation isn't bad enough yet.

 

But the time will come. Sooner or later.

 

And hopefully you can pull the ripcord before it's too late.

What's Next?

If you want to know how to beat your drug addiction, then read my blog post here.

 

I know it's related to drugs, however, to me, alcohol is nothing but a drug as well.

 

So check out my post now.

 

If you want to know more about the effects of alcohol on your body, there's a good post by Healthline.

Still Questions?

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    • Michael Filser on July 2, 2019 at 15:35

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