Drinking is a seemingly natural part of everyday life. Early biblical and even Greek Mythological depictions include drinking and getting drunk on wine. Whole industries have grown around alcohol. Billions of dollars are invested to alcohol advertisements every year. As much as alcohol is a normal part of life, there is vested interest that absolutely wants to make sure you believe so.
Alcohol’s normalcy makes abnormal drinking difficult to spot. Binge drinking has developed a culture of it’s own. Drawing the line between a drinker and a drunk could mean the chance to help someone save their lives, or subtly carry on destroying it. There are obvious signs for alcoholism like drinking around the clock, delirium tremens, and shaking when going through withdrawals. Not every alcoholic drinker displays signs like this. Alcoholic’s can be high functioning, meaning that they seem to be living relatively normal lives. They’ve learned to hide their alcoholism quite well. By doing so, they can protect their ability to continue drinking.
Certain justifications or limitation settings will be more pronounced. Are there statements about why it is okay for them to be drinking? Drinking to solve any kind of issue, is an issue. Using alcohol as a coping mechanism for stress or emotion is unhealthy. For example, a friend openly declares they aren’t drinking, but will quickly say one is okay, because something has happened and that’s all they’re going to have. Soon enough, they’ve consumed more than they said they would. This becomes a repeat performance, as does the morning after.
Hangovers are not meant to be regularly struggles. A hangover once in awhile can point to a night of too much fun. Frequent hangovers, on the other hand, point to a problem with overdrinking. If the hangover is debilitating and takes away from necessary parts of daily routines, it is definite cause for concern. Daily drinking is also problematic.
Is drinking part of every plan? Does conversation revolve around the last drunk or the next drunk? Are there more outings where a drink can (and is) always ordered? Alcohol shift from occasional to recreational to necessity. Sneaking alcohol into non-alcohol events or get togethers may become commonplace; additionally, they may not be able to help themselves from getting drunk. When alcohol becomes a necessary part of someone’s day, it is time to seek professional advice for them to seek some help.
Refuge Recovery understands the subtle ways alcohol tries to ruin our lives. You have the ability to take power back in your life through recovery. For more information on our detox services and programs of treatment for alcoholism call 323-207-0276.