Curbing Alcoholism

Alcoholism means that drinking alcohol becomes an important, or sometimes the most important, factor in one’s life and they feel they’re unable to function without it.It might be surprising to hear that you don’t always have to be drinking to extreme levels to become dependent

26

Sep 2016

Booze Rules

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The views expressed in this blog are slightly provocative and personal, and might change your habits.

(…for the better, of course!)

 

There is a philosophy which says ‘stay busy, get plenty of exercise, and don’t drink too much…but then, don’t drink too little.’ Sullen-faced books try to tell us alcohol if abused, can act like slow poison in the long run. No one likes to think about symptoms and causes of liver cirrhosis when they are binge drinking with their friends, but nonetheless, there is a fine line between doing it right and over-doing it. So here’s a gospel of unspoken rules and principles that would help you strike a balance between drinking-too-much and not-drinking-at-all.

Here’s the thing – if you are aware of your habits, things that make you comfortable or the ones that overwhelm you, you’d be able to integrate a couple of harmless party nights in your life as a social or a solo drinker.

  1. Start your night early

Start with a light beer when the sky turns orange. If you’re an ale-drinker, dunking in some orange peel will make your drink sprightly and the vitamin C will help your body cope with the lack of energy when you’re in high spirits later in the evening. If you’re not a beer bear, ask for some gin and tonic water with a slice of lime. You’d be sparkling light after a glass or two! Starting early just helps you beat the clock and crash in time to be able to sleep. If you chug all night and hit the sack at sunrise, chances are your sleep cycle would topple over the power brakes.

  1. Settle in some small snacks

Peanuts. Salad. Bhel. Tikka. Cutlet. Fries.

I mean, absolutely anything. Keep your teeth busy. It is not so difficult to munch when you’re still getting there. When you’re munching, the buzz hits slower and smoother, so you get the feeling of slow relaxation and ever-soft sinking into the bliss that alcohol can give you at times. How alcohol makes you feel depends a lot on how feel when you’re sober. If the plan is to enjoy every little sip, treat yourself nicely. Have a tummy full of a meal and try to get more sleep before and after the drinker’s little delight.

  1. After-Party at home

As a rule of thumb, drunken people make silly choices. For instance, a sudden bout of bar-hopping becomes club dancing in no time. Besides making sensible friendships and senseless jokes, have a sleepover at home. When you’re partying home, you have free access to everything you need – most of all, home is safe. You won’t be driving, using public transport, getting a cab or asking a friend to help.

 

People drink to bond, find a tribe, make a team, celebrate a happy memory or drown a sorrowful one. The most basic requirement for anyone’s well-being is soundness in physical and mental health. It is only by exploring oneself, that one can know their limits and find a safe place to enjoy their relationship with alcohol. Getting a dog from hell can be fun, but more so if that dog is tamed.

Cheers!

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26

Jul 2016

How to Reduce Your Alcohol Consumption When You Are Out

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It is Saturday night and after a week of working, getting totally drunk with your friends sounds like the ideal solution. However, the thought of a sleepless night and a terrible morning hangover doesn’t come to your mind, does it? Repeat this cycle two or three times and you realise how lazy, unproductive and irritated you are. Be it for friends, to get rid of stress or to just take a break – drinking seems like the solution. But mostly, it is the break you want, that is, alcohol is just an excuse to socialise, have fun and let yourself go. Therefore, after a certain point it is wise to get rid of (some) alcohol from the equation and use these pointers to stay in the group and sober when you go out.

  • Don’t drink in rounds

In most groups, each friend buys a round for the entire group which seems hassle- free. But this leads to more alcohol consumption than anticipated if the group is bigger. For instance, who wouldn’t want to take that ‘supposedly’ free glass of wine your friend offers? Well, this wouldn’t limit your consumption and ultimately lead you to drink more than you can take. The only way to escape this is to get your own drinks. Don’t comply, and drink at your own pace!

  • Take smaller units

Everyone finishes the drink they order, regardless of the size. Moreover, to be in pace with your friends, you tend to order whenever they order. But you can be smart here. Instead of ordering a big glass of wine or a drink with more alcohol contents or a pint of beer, go for a small size. You will drink less, be in pace with your friends and stay sober.

  • Get friends to cut down too

If you see ‘drinking less’ as a fun activity with a friend, then it will motivate you further to pursue it. Find alternate ways to spend time together than going out for a glass of wine- join a cooking class, a sport or go for a walk, the idea of meeting is to connect and have fun. Keep a night out to drink a special occasion instead of a daily or weekly event.

  • Track your drinking

There are several mobile apps which can help you track your drinks and tell you when you are crossing the limit. Therefore, you do not need to worry about how much you are drinking because there is another friend keeping a track of that! Slowly you wouldn’t require such apps and have the perseverance to stop drinking when you reach the limit. Why should you go have a morning of hell after a night of fun?

  • Eat before you drink

Drinking empty stomach is the worst because your body reacts to alcohol faster and you get drunk quickly. What is worse is the fact that you feel like eating greasy or junk food when you are wasted. Therefore, this results in you getting drunk quickly, consuming food with high calories and having the next day wasted because greasy food makes you lazy. Be wise and eat a heavy meal preceding a night out. This will lead you to even drink less because your body doesn’t lack the specific nutrients or energy you need when you are out.

By following these tips, you can be a wise drinker. Do not depend on alcohol for fun!

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30

Jun 2016

How Drinking is a By-product of a Need for Escapism?

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What is Alcoholism?

Alcoholism or Alcohol Dependence or Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a chronic disease which involves uncontrolled drinking and preoccupation with alcohol. Many non-alcoholics wonder what causes drinkers to engage in consuming alcohol repetitively even after having a sound understanding of the innumerous physiological and psychological aspects of such a habit. How can you jump of a cliff even when you realise that it will result into certain death?

 

The Incessant Need for Escapism

Every alcoholic in the world would respond in unison with this, “The dire need of escapism is what triggers our desire for alcohol consumption.” Escapism is not a negative term. Infact an individual must experience escapism once in a while to ensure that life’s stress and worries do not get the better of you. Escapism is advisable as it aids in shifting your focus to an activity of your preference for a brief span of time before returning to the life’s hustle. When people resort to gaming, dancing or outdoor activities like trekking, working out, etc. – that is the kind of escapism which delivers positive impact. However, when escapism requires to reach out to a local bar or a wine shop, that’s when it becomes a problem.

 

The Triggers

Escapism is one of the main reasons behind everytime an alcoholic resorts to drinking. A person can have one of the million reasons to want to escape the reality which is in front of him ranging from workplace pressure, a trauma, hassles in personal life, emotional disturbances, loneliness and so on. It is also a fact that in order to escape from the psychological disorders one is going through, a person resorts to drinking. Such an approach is bound to develop an addiction towards alcohol.

Another immediate form of escapism is combining the effects of alcohol and drugs which intoxicates the user to such an extent that he can forget his endless list of worries for a temporary period whilst being under the influence. The matter of concern in this case is the next stage where the frequency of reaching out to alcohol and drugs rises beyond acceptable limits.

 

The Need of the Hour

The conclusion is that people addicted to alcohol are prone to indulge in escapism with the help of alcohol. These are the ones who cannot be easily convinced with the idea of escapism through reading, playing a sport, travelling, socialising. An alcoholic person would need his family and/or a specialist to bail him out of the vicious pit of addiction where momentary pleasure and relief takes over. It is noteworthy that a systematic approach is necessary to ensure a definite positive outcome to one’s addiction issues. Every alcoholic requires subjective medical treatment and care to be able to beat the demons of alcohol.

 

Life is known to throw curve balls every now and then. Believe it or not, nobody is an exception in that case. Everyone gets bogged down by life. Free meals exist only in fantasies, not reality. So face your share of life’s obstacles without the help of alcohol. There will not be any requirement of escaping reality when you encounter every problem with sheer grit and determination.

The ball is in your court; choose wisely!

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