Are You Drinking Too Much?

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So you have a niggling feeling that you might be drinking too much and you want to know what’s an acceptable level of alcohol consumption?
Well, the official guidelines are pretty clear about the fact that alcohol is a toxin and drinking it is bad for you. However, given that alcohol is an integral part of our social environment and it is not illegal like some addictive or toxic substances, the government has set out some guidelines about the levels of drinking you should not be exceeded on a regular basis. The guidelines (updated on January 2016) now state that neither men nor women should drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week. 14 units are the equivalent of 6 glasses (175ml) of wine, 6 pints of beer, or 14 x 25ml glasses of spirits. Drinking more than this puts your health at risk.

Drinks Journal

Within those guidelines, you will know if you are drinking too much, simply from the amount you consume. It can be helpful to keep a drinks journal. Doing this will eliminate the guesswork and you might also be surprised by the amount you do actually drink. It is always easy to underestimate if you don’t want to face the truth. However, that is not always what people mean when they ask if they are drinking too much. The underlying question is probably more likely to be “Am I addicted?” or “Am I an alcoholic?” If this is your concern, then here are some questions to ask yourself.
  1. Do you need to drink more alcohol to get the same effect as you used to?
  2. Do you find yourself drinking to calm your nerves, or take your mind off your problems?
  3. Do you ever find you are unable to stop drinking once you have started?
  4. Do your friends or family express concern about the amount you drink and ask you to cut it down?
  5. Do you ever start the day with a drink?
  6. Do you experience blackouts after drinking?
If you answered “Yes” to any or all of these questions, it might be time to start thinking about how you can cut down your alcohol intake. Even if you are not yet addicted, your alcohol consumption is causing problems and unless you try and reduce it or cut it out altogether, things will only get worse.

What should I do?

People who drink a lot often think they could give up whenever they want to, but generally, they relapse if they do not find support to help them through the withdrawal. Withdrawing from alcohol can cause some quite severe withdrawal symptoms and you will also find that you need to change your habits to make the transition easier. Working with someone who understands the issues surrounding alcohol addiction, will help you. Either speak to your GP about it or consider looking for a rehabilitation programme to help you through the withdrawal.

About Author

Nicholas Conn

Nicholas Conn

Nicholas Conn is a leading industry addiction expert who runs the UK’s largest addiction advisory service and is regularly featured in the national press, radio and TV. He is the founder and CEO of a drug and alcohol rehab center called Help4addiction, which was founded in 2015. He has been clean himself since 2009 and has worked in the Addiction and Rehab Industry for over a decade. Nick is dedicated to helping others recover and get treatment for drug and alcohol abuse. In 2013, he released a book ‘The Thin White’ line that is available on Amazon.

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