Unwinding with a drink is a favourite pastime of many people. A nice glass of wine with a meal or a few drinks with friends is always a pleasurable thing to do. But are you drinking too much? It can be all too easy to lose track of how much booze you’re actually putting away each week.
You might not realise how much you’re drinking, but even just those couple of sociable drinks on the way home from work can really add up.
The slope is a slippery one, and before you know it you could find yourself running into problems because of your drinking habits.
Here are some signs your drinking could be out of control.
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You can always find an excuse to drink.
Celebrating a good day or commiserating a bad one? A birthday, promotion, or just because there’s a “Y” in the day?
One drink always turns into a session.
You always say you’ll just have the one. Somehow, it never seems to end up that way, and you’re the last one still in the bar at closing time.
You’ve had problems at work because of your drinking.
Taking sick days because you’re hungover? Poor performance while you’re there? Has it been noticed? Alcohol impedes your focus and can lose you respect, and your job.
All your spare cash is going on booze.
Wondering why you’re so low on funds all the time? Drinking is not a cheap hobby.
Have friends mentioned the idea of rehab?
Perhaps they’ve tried to talk to you about it, or left a leaflet for a detox facility lying around? Take the hint.
If other people have commented on how much you’re drinking, how have you reacted? I
You can’t remember much the next morning.
Waking up and not being able to remember half of your evening is not okay. What DID you do? You can put yourself in all sorts of risky situations when you’ve had a few too many.
You’re not looking after yourself properly.
When you’re drinking too much, self-care is often low on your list of priorities.
Are you hiding how much you drink?
Lying or hiding how much you drink is a classic sign of having a problem with alcohol.
You can’t go a day without having a drink
If you’re experiencing physical withdrawal symptoms, then it’s a sign your body is becoming dependent on the booze.
You wet the bed after a night out.
Your moods are all over the place.
Alcohol is a depressant, and will play havoc with your emotions. Drinking may provide temporary relief, but it’s just a vicious circle.
You know your drinking is out of control.
Be honest. If you’ve googled “am I drinking too much,” you probably are.
If you think you might be drinking too much, it’s best to try and cut down, or stop right away. Confide in someone close if you can. Consult your Doctor for help, before it gets worse. They’ve seen it all before, so don’t feel ashamed or embarrassed.