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How Much Drinking is Too Much?


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Alcoholism is one of the trickiest addictions because of the legality of alcohol.  Drinking is not only socially accepted among millions, it is encouraged by friends, family, and media.  For someone who has the genetic potential towards addiction, the easy accessibility is dangerous.  Alcohol is available on every corner, at most restaurants and gas stations.  It’s nearly impossible to get away from.  

There are times when you may wonder if you’re drinking too much or what “too much” even means.  The United States Department of Health and Human Services describes heavy or risky drinking for men as more than 4 alcoholic beverages per day or 14 per week.  The limit for women is said to be more than 3 per day or 7 per week.  It’s way too easy to slip into the habit of drinking alcohol.  Exhaustion or stress from your job may lead you to believe you need a de-stressor when you off work.  Research suggests that it takes a mere 21 days for a habit to form, so simply having a few bad weeks at work could turn you into a heavy drinker.

Although there is a general number to clarify the number of drinks you shouldn’t be exceeding in a given amount of time, it is just a guideline.  There are more important factors to determine whether you are drinking too much.  One of the most telltale signs of alcoholism is making numerous unsuccessful attempts to stop.  You may have the best of intentions in quitting or cutting back, but each time you don’t succeed due to some excuse or another.  

If you’re beginning to get cravings for alcohol and start experiencing withdrawals when you don’t have it, you are heading down a very dangerous road.  Alcoholics find it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to fight mental urges not to drink.  Alcoholism is similar to obsessive compulsive disorder because it causes perpetual overbearing obsessions of the mind regarding alcohol that are so overwhelming an individual usually drinks simply to make them go away.  Once you’ve hit this stage, you may begin drinking in the morning due to cravings or to ease physical withdrawals, which may result in tardiness or absence from work.  If you find alcohol starting to become too much of a routine for you and it beginning to affect aspects of your life, you should consider cutting back if you’re able, or seeking help.  

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