5 tips to rein in excessive drinking

Posted on May 19th, 2017 in alcohol, Alcohol Abuse, alcohol addiction

5 tips to rein in excessive drinking

Alcohol has always been at the center of controversy. It can have myriad effects on the body and mind due to various factors, such as duration of drinking, quantity of alcohol consumed, intensity, whether alcohol is mixed with other drugs, age, gender and body weight. Like other substances, the effects of alcohol too vary from person to person.

Although the instant effects of alcohol can be fairly mild, long-term exposure to alcohol can cause serious damages to one’s physical and mental health. Being a depressant drug, it can slow down the body’s response that inhibits behavior and judgment. According to a 2003 World Cancer Report (WCR) issued by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization (WHO), no amount of alcohol is safe when it comes to exposing a person to the risk of cancer.

Since alcohol gets transferred to the body through the bloodstream, it increases the risk of developing chronic diseases, including liver and kidney diseases, heart diseases, sexual dysfunction, high blood pressure, etc. Moreover, it leads to fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) in unborn children.

By interfering with the brain’s communication pathways, the high concentration of alcohol affects the brain chemistry and leads to dramatic changes in mood and behavior. This eventually leads to the development of a range of mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, etc., which push one toward the deadly end called addiction.

Below are some of the significant tips that can help cut down his or her drinking:

  • Keeping a track: By keeping a track of drinking and the number of drinks consumed, one can effectively cut down on his or her number of drinks. One can also download a tracker mobile application or start making notes on his or her living room calendar, kitchen notes, computer notepad, etc. that can help him or her in tracking and measuring his or her number of drinks and frequency of drinking.
  • Finding an alternative: By engaging himself or herself in a hobby, interest or any other social event, one can discourage the drinking habit. People should browse for creative ideas on the Internet and pick up some of their favorite DIYs (Do it yourself). Instead of going for drinks, they can implement these ideas or participate in some social events or gardening related tasks.
  • Avoiding the triggers: If certain people, places or situations stimulate one’s craving for drinks, he or she should try avoiding them. And if some feelings or activities trigger the craving, one should try being away from them by engaging the mind in some other activities.
  • Talking to a friend: When it becomes difficult to avoid a trigger, one should remind himself or herself of the promises made to achieve sobriety. Additionally, discussing the problems with a friend or involving in physical exercises can turn out to be effective.
  • Learning to say ‘no’:  Whether in social gatherings or private parties, one is likely to be offered or sometimes forced for a drink. Continence is not only harmless but also beneficial. Although it may turn out to be difficult to say “no” in such situations, one can achieve sobriety by learning the art of declining politely.

Say ‘no’ to alcohol, but ‘yes’ to life

Alcohol is one of the highest causes of death in the U.S. About 88,000 deaths occur in the U.S. due to alcohol-related reasons, such as car crashes, unintentional injuries like falls, etc. Although the path of recovery consists of many bumps, it is ultimately the best path one can ride through. Apart from counting on alcohol to get rid of problems, dramatic mood changes and behavioral changes, there are numerous healthier ways to manage drinking.

If you or someone you know is suffering from alcohol addiction, contact the Arizona Alcohol Addiction Helpline. Call us at our 24/7 helpline number 866-671-1510 or chat online to get the details about the alcohol addiction treatment in Arizona.

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