In the modern world, we’re surrounded by alcohol. We drink it, our parents drink it, and it’s always there whenever we do anything remotely social. But are we safe about consuming it?
A report by the NIH recent revealed that many more Americans are now drinking more than the recommended national guidelines. JAMA, a big medical journal, says that as many as 20% of people who drink alcohol require treatment at some point in their lives. As Clear Brook Inc. points out, this is a common problem.
Do you think you might be drinking too much? Take a look at these worrying signs that you are.
It Feels As If Drinking Creeps Up On You
Most people like to enjoy a drink or two to relax. But for some people, it’s not just a drink or two. It’s a drink or five, six or seven. If you find yourself drinking more and more during drinking sessions, it can feel as if it is creeping up on you. And in many ways, it is.
Drinking to excess, like developing heart disease or diabetes, is a long-term process. It takes time for you to slowly normalize drinking too much. When you reflect, you are surprised by just how much you drink, but by that point it seems so normal. If you find yourself in this position, keep a diary of what you drink to remind yourself you’re probably consuming too much.
You Keep Forgetting Stuff
Chronic alcohol use has different effects on different people. According to http://www.prevention.com/, some people can lose their memory. This is because alcohol interferes with key chemical messengers in the brain. If you’ve woken up somewhere not knowing how you go there, or if you can’t remember what you did the night before, it’s a sure sign you had a little too much to drink.
You Start To Neglect Your Responsibilities
A good sign that drinking is having a deleterious effect on your life is when it becomes the reason you stop doing your normal activities. For instance, drinking can interrupt your workout routine. If you’re too hungover on a Monday morning, you might not want to go to your spin class. Or if you’re a little drunk on a Friday night, you might neglect to put your kids to bed on time.
Drinking to excess can quickly result in neglecting your other responsibilities. If this starts happening, you’ve probably got a problem.
Family And Friends Appear Concerned About You
According to Deidra Roach from the NIAAA, people around you are the best sign that you might be drinking to excess. If you find your colleagues and family making comments about your drinking, it’s probably time to reevaluate. Roach says that when you get to this point, you need to start taking steps to cut back. She recommends setting goals. For instance, she suggests setting a limit for the amount that you’ll drink in a single session. Then she recommends telling your friends, coworkers and so on what that limit is. This then creates accountability and helps make sure you don’t have more than you should.
If you have noticed any of these things happening in your life as a result of drinking, you might want to reflect and think about if you are drinking too much and too often. Of course, partying and getting drunk every once in a while isn’t a bad thing. Like anything else in life, you need to make sure that you strike a balance. Have fun and stay healthy!