01 Dec Alcoholism or Life
Alcoholism effect many of us across all walks in life. In the U.S. nearly one in thirteen adults abuse alcohol, nearly fourteen million individuals, of these, over three million are between 14 and 17 years old. IN Florida, of the 607 people who died in traffic incidents in 2014, over two hundred were the result of alcohol. Additionally, more than 80,000 people die in the U.S. every year from alcohol-related incidents.
For many, alcoholism isn’t seen as a big deal, especially in the early stages as alcohol abuse gives way to alcohol addiction. You may feel that you are in control, but the process is a steady one. If you find yourself drinking more or longer than you had planned, or if you found that you needed stronger drinks in order to get buzzed, you are experiencing the first stages of addiction. As you go further down the road, you may find yourself cutting out activities or friends to make time for more drinking.
Below are a few symptoms of growing addiction, if you answer yes to any of these, you may be beginning to fall down the path of addiction.
-You find that drinking or being hungover often interfere with your family, job, or school
-You find yourself drinking more to feel the same effects
-You’ve cut out time with friends, or on hobbies, in order to make more time for drinking.
-You have experience shakiness, irritability, anziety or nausea when the effects of your drinks were wearing off.
-You want to drink less, but keep finding yourself going back to get more.
If you’ve noticed any of these in your own life, your drinking may be beginning to slip into addiction. The more you find yourself saying no to important parts of your life to make room for drinking, the more you are losing control.
Alcohol can seem for many people to be the answer to pain or suffering, or even simply boredom, but in the end, it always worsens the problem instead of curing it. Many of us have watched our families worn down or driven away beneath the cloud of our addiction, and some have done things we deeply regret under the influence of Alcohol.
Thought it can seem like a solution, or merely a pain killer, alcohol abuse has more than just behavior consequences. Continued alcohol abuse can increase feelings of depression and hopelessness, as well as sap out your energy and will. Thought it may relieve the pain for a short time, in the long run, even if it does not directly impact your family or your work performance, it eats away at your mental and physical health. Besides wearing on your brain and slowing your cognitive processes, it can damage your organs, especially your liver, weakening your will and shortening your lifespan.
Alcohol is never the answer, there are solutions out there that can actually make your life better.