Dr. Khalid is a health researcher and science writer with a Ph.D. in clinical research.
Is Alcohol Consumption a Recognizable Event?
Not all but most people during their youth develop a tendency to consume alcohol. Alcohol use becomes a cultural requirement (at occasions) when people tend to celebrate their happiness or align for the sake of their professional objectives. The development of alcohol use disorder often remains unnoticed until the affected people start experiencing complications that drastically impact their health, wellness, and quality of life. The binge eaters addicted to alcohol consumption often experience deleterious symptoms that in no time turn into fatal complications. Alcohol dependence creates a strong sense of craving for alcohol that takes over the self-control (of people) in many ways. The loss of self-control gives rise to various evils and disrupts the social balance of otherwise peace-loving societies. The passive state of emotions that develops after excessive alcohol consumption potentially increases anxiety and the risk of depression.
Is Binge Drinking Dreadful?
Binge drinkers often consume 4-6 pegs per day, which increases their risk (of alcohol use disorder) to multiple folds. The habituation of alcohol activates several brain receptors that regularly trigger the temptation of drinkers to consume heavily. The addicted people (despite realizing the possible adversities) continue their drinking habits that increase their risk of liver disorders and cancers. They also gradually develop aggression and reduced tolerance to the stresses of life. The regular consumption of alcohol reduces the reaction time of the addicted people that makes them prone to road traffic accidents. Their drinking habits also hit their quality of life and decrease their overall life span.
What are the Cardinal Signs of Alcohol Use Disorder?
The following alarming events indicate the development of alcohol use disorder.
- You experience withdrawal symptoms the moment you try quitting your alcohol consumption habit. These symptoms include hallucinations, seizures, fever, sweating, nausea, restlessness, depression, anxiety, irritability, tremors, and sleeping difficulty.
- You develop a strong urge to drink excessively to obtain the desired pleasure.
- You tend to ignore the anxiety and depression that you may experience after increasing your alcohol intake.
- You do not mind driving your car after drinking and engage in unsafe practices.
- You sacrifice your personal and professional liabilities to keep up your drinking passion.
- You do not mind fighting your friends, peers, and relatives for silly reasons.
- You remain overwhelmed with unrealistic expectations that constantly degrade your personality and work performance.
Is there a Way to Cut Down Your Alcohol Use Habits?
Overcoming alcohol addiction is easier said than done. It is cumbersome to cut the trap that decreases your strength and immunity each day you spend your money and time chasing the devil bottles. The following steps will help you quit your binge drinking habit the moment you start taking them seriously.
- Grab a pen and paper and jot down the resources you may utilize to kill your drinking desire.
- Try forcing your mind to think and perceive positively and give a thumbs-up as soon as you identify a half-filled glass.
- Establish a drinking goal (say, for example, two pegs per day instead of five pegs per day to keep up the spirit and gradually decrease this goal over time).
- Handover your alcohol bottles to some of your best friends or relatives and seek their help to meet your cravings
- Enjoy the alcohol-free days outdoors and hang out with friends and peers to increase your contentment.
- Keep yourself engaged in your professional activities and practice the long-lost hobbies in your leisure time.
- Be a fighter and take the support of a health care professional to curb unwanted temptations.
- Switch back to alcoholism the moment you become a cheater and attempt a fresh start to rediscover the long-awaited wellness
This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2021 Dr Khalid Rahman