Anyone who has over-indulged during a drinking session will remember that ‘morning after the night before’ feeling.
For the vast majority of men and women it is not a condition they wish to repeat in a hurry, but what about those who find the regularity and amount of alcohol they are consuming is increasing on a regular basis despite the unwanted hangovers.
The ease of increased drinking:
In every country where alcohol is legal it is also an accepted part of society. It holds no such stigma as the use of illegal drugs. It is freely available for sale in many outlets and flows freely during celebrations and events.
Just because it is legal does not mean it is risk-free. This is borne out by the astonishing health care costs allocated to treat people with alcohol-related illnesses as well as sending far too many to an early grave.
What’s the attraction?
Leaving aside the social enjoyment, we will concentrate on alcohol and the brain. When alcohol is consumed it releases neurotransmitters known as endorphins to the brain. These chemical messengers are responsible for a variety of reactions and feelings that include a sense of reward, excitement and satisfaction.
Such feelings and the social satisfaction gained from a night out have a powerful influence on many. It is easy to understand why people have the urge to repeat the experience, but increasing it too regularly also increases alcohol intake.
The problem is that the more a person drinks, the more they need to achieve the same feelings as previously experienced. This is caused due to the mind and body’s tolerance of alcohol.
A never-ending, upward cycle:
As a person’s tolerance to alcohol increases so they drink more in search of those pleasant feelings, but following such a pattern will turn tolerance into dependence. This is when a person finds they cannot do without alcohol and need a drink simply to feel normal.
Deepening dependence – Major pointers:
There are many signs that a person is gradually progressing towards alcohol dependence. Here are just 5:
- Denial – Anyone who knows they are consuming too much alcohol but convinces themselves and others this is not the case is heading for dependence.
- An emotional crutch – Regular use of alcohol to relieve pressure, stress, anxiety or feelings of depression is a dangerous reason to do so. Drinking because of emotional pressure often means drinking to excess and while issues may be temporarily erased they will not improve in the long term. Indeed, there is a strong possibility they will worsen.
- Once started there is no stopping – Anyone who has initial good intentions of just stopping off for one or two drinks, but finds this regularly turns into a heavy session is inviting dependence problems at the double.
- Drinking at the ‘wrong’ times – Those who start drinking before or during work, those who have an early morning livener once they are at home on their own, or have a drink before driving really do need to seek professional rehab assistance now.
- Strained relationships – If your drinking is causing problems between you and your partner or with work colleagues then it needs to be curbed.
Professional help is on hand:
Deep down a person knows if alcohol currently has the better of them. If you are in this situation please seek rehabilitation assistance as soon as possible.