The signs of alcohol abuse aren’t always obvious. For many people, drinking starts off as a social or leisure activity; a person may have a glass of alcohol while out with their friends or after a long day at work - this behaviour is seemingly ordinary.
While a glass of alcohol per day may seem like a good way to reduce stress and prevent boredom, issues may arise if it becomes a habit that takes over one’s life. The following article is designed to help you identify if you or a loved one may be drinking too much.
Boredom and stress are states of discomfort, and people turn to alcohol in these moments to forget how they’re feeling. While a single glass of wine or beer is fine in stressful or boring situations, relying on alcohol to cure these symptoms could be dangerous for your health.
In boring and stressful moments, healthcare professionals encourage individuals to find coping methods that don’t solely focus on drinking. Instead of going to a bar, consider going for a light jog or cooking your favourite dish. Boredom and stress can be alleviated when we focus our minds on something else. Concentrating on a productive activity can be helpful when trying to reduce the number of drinks you’re having.
A common sign that would indicate you’re drinking too much is that you drink at work. It’s natural for you to feel the need for a drink while at work but sneaking alcohol into the workplace and drinking on the job may be indicative, you’re relying on it to get you through the day.
Understandably, your employers want to see you perform to the best of your ability and represent their company with pride and professionalism. Drinking on the job not only hampers your ability to be productive but getting away with it may cause you to feel comfortable enough to make it a habit.
Another sign that you may be drinking too much is that you’re constantly thinking about the amount of alcohol you have at home. Furthermore, finding reasons to go shopping only to ensure your liquor cabinet is restocked may indicate a drinking habit. If a lack of alcohol in your house is giving you anxiety, it might be wise to visit an addiction counsellor for professional advice.
Drinking habits are not formed overnight, they typically occur over a number of years, and it may take even longer for a person to admit they need help. If you’re concerned that you or a loved one may be dealing with a drinking problem, contact Recovery Care today.