When you examine the reasons you drink, you may get a better understanding of what triggers your alcohol use and your addiction. Some reasons behind alcohol consumption may include the following:
- Stress relief. A common reason people drink is stress relief. While alcohol may provide temporary relief, it may also add to your stress. If you drink too much alcohol and feel that you are losing control, you will increase your stress level.
- Social pressure. You go to a business dinner, out to a club with friends or to a family picnic, and everyone is having a drink. You may not want a drink, and you may not realize that you are responding to the pressure to drink, because it is indirect and subtle. When you have alcohol instead of a soft drink at a social event, you have been influenced by social pressure.
- Overcome insecurities. Alcohol provides a false sense of confidence and reduces inhibitions.
- Escape and hide. When you can no longer deal with the situations around you or how you are feeling emotionally you may choose to drink to escape. However, drinking only exacerbates your feelings of anxiety and depression.
From Drinking to Being an Alcoholic
If you don’t look at the underlying reasons that motivated you to drink, then you are unable to identify the triggers that encourage use. If you are not aware of why you are drinking, drinking will become a part of your everyday life. Your physical body will be damaged, and alcohol will change how you see the world and how you feel about yourself and others. When first examining alcohol use, you may deny addiction or justify your drinking. Forms of denial can include the following:
- Thinking that there are legitimate reasons for your drinking
- Thinking that you are not hurting yourself or others when you drink
- Thinking that you could stop drinking if you ever felt there was a real need
The Mindset of an Alcoholic
An alcoholic does not want others to interfere with their relationship with their favorite alcoholic beverage. An alcoholic may think fondly of their favorite drink and may give it a name or a level of importance in their lives. This unnatural relationship with alcohol is something the alcoholic has come to enjoy, and if someone attempts to point out how dysfunctional it is, the alcoholic will probably discontinue the relationship with that person rather than examine the relationship with alcohol. Other behaviors associated with alcoholism include the following:
- Lying. Alcoholics may lie about how much they drink and how often they drink, or they may lie by telling you what they think you want to hear.
- Irresponsibility. While alcoholics may have the intention of doing what they say they will, they are often sidetracked by a bar or a liquor store.
- Erratic behavior. Some alcoholics cry when they overindulge, others become withdrawn, others become hyper sociable and some become violent. None of these behaviors are acceptable, and some of them are downright frightening. One of the most troublesome aspects of alcoholism is that you can never predict how an alcoholic is going to behave.
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