The consumption of alcohol pervades every aspect our society. We use alcohol to both celebrate and commiserate.
We herald the end of the working day with ‘wine o’clock’, we laugh at, and buy alcoholic products with slogans that celebrate excessive drinking.
A party is not a party if you don’t ‘get smashed’, we are even programmed to use alcohol to help us deal with challenging emotional situations; who hasn’t heard of the phrase ‘dutch-courage’?
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How Do We Know When We Have a Drink Problem?
So distorted has the narrative become that we even celebrate our hangover and hold it up as a badge of honour, a right of passage to acceptance within our own peer groups.
For some of us the odd drink can quickly and easily spiral to a level of alcoholic consumption that cannot be controlled. When alcohol is replaced with traditional coping mechanisms the cycle of addiction can begin.
Recent studies also show that regular binge drinking (which is often a common way of consuming alcohol in the UK) is more likely to contribute to the development of compulsive alcohol consumption.
How do I know if my alcohol consumption has become problematic?
Here are some common indicators that might indicate an alcohol misuse issue:
Are you feeling guilt or shame about your drinking?
Do you hide alcohol?
Are you lying to others (and yourself) to hide your drinking habits?
Do you have friends or family members who are worried about your drinking?
Do you need to drink alcohol to relax or feel better?
Are you forgetting things that you did whilst you were drinking (i.e. blacking out)?
Are you regularly drinking more than you intended to, or cannot stop once you have started?
At MyRecoverySpace we will not judge or label you as an ‘alcoholic’ or an ‘addict’, we believe labels are damaging, research has shown that they can have a huge impact on someone with an alcohol problem or addiction.
The creation of stigma and shame are just two consequences of labelling. People with addictions often have underlying difficulties with how they view themselves and are sensitive to the judgment of others.
Labelling stops people from reaching out for help and consequently prevents them from working on the shame and lack of self-esteem that may well have triggered their addiction in the first place.
Alcohol addiction does not look the same for everyone. The cognitive, behavioural, and physiological symptoms and impact of alcoholism will vary from individual to individual. Although there are these variations between individuals with an alcohol problem, there are also many similarities.
Some suffering with an alcohol addiction will manage to hold down a demanding job whilst others will quickly lose everything if the issue is not treated.
At MyRecoverySpace, we advocate the creation of individualised treatment programmes.
Not content with either the distorted role alcohol plays in our society or the stigmatisation of the ‘alcoholic’, we are then presented with perhaps the most confusing component in this construct – the pressure the person in recovery will face when they state that they are no longer drinking alcohol.
At MyRecoverySpace we call this ‘sobriety survival’. We will help you build your alcohol or alcoholism recovery toolkit which will give you the resources to not only survive but thrive.