Whether you’re the type of person to go out for drinks after work or you drink casually at home on the weekends, there are a lot of factors that go into your health when it comes to drinking. For example, how often, how much, and how you act when you drink can help you identify if there are any warning signs that you may have a drinking problem – something that you would want to seek help for in a treatment center or at least a clear sign that you want to cut down a little bit (or a lot!).
Research published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry assessed responses from more than 35,000 between the years 2012 and 2013 and found that, overall, Americans who reported drinking at least once a year increased by 11%; High risk drinking, typically considered four or more beverages in a day at least once a week for men and five or more drinks at least once a week for men increased by 30%. Overall, Americans are drinking more and more. Is this bad?
In short, yes. Studies have shown that America’s “after-work” culture of drinking has caused many more people to jump on board. Women, who used to be dissuaded from drinking in public, are now more open to drink and join part of the “after-work” culture as society’s views have changed and more women are in the workforce.
The University of Rochester Medical Center has identified the following clues regarding your drinking habits that could signal warning that you need help:
- Drinking to get drunk frequently
- Arriving at work drunk or drinking on the job
- Drinking and driving
- Using alcohol to decrease feelings of sadness or loneliness
- Experiencing problems at work, home, or social life due to drinking behaviors
- Frequently having more than 1 or 2 drinks a day
- Feeling irritable or resentful when you’re not drinking
- Having medical, financial, or social concerns from drinking
Even if you do not have alcoholism, you may still be struggling with alcohol abuse. Problems with drinking can negatively effect your happiness, health, and can damage your relationships with others. If you haven’t already, make the decision to take back control over your life, and seek help. Recovery is possible.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.