It’s that time of year again. No, not the holidays – it’s “Bowl Week”, followed by the NFL playoffs and the Super Bowl. I love sports and I love football but I think I’m getting tired of all the beer commercials. While sitting here, watching the third bowl game of the day, I realized how much importance is put on alcohol in our society. Every third commercial is for some type of alcohol. In the old days, only beer was advertised.
Holidays can be a very trying time when you’re a recovering alcoholic especially family get gathering where your friends and family are more than likely going to be drinking.
Below is information you should consider doing so your occupied and not feeling pressured to drink at family gatherings or events.
Financially how much does your alcohol problem cost you? Think about the cost of cabs, lost keys, lost days of work, hangover remedies and cigarettes smoked while intoxicated. Multiply that number by the number of years you have been drinking. That’s is a lot of money down the drain. Saving that money can in fact, be a prime motivator for you to stay sober.
Imagine you are living in 1920 and suddenly, no more booze. For thirteen years! That is the experiment that the United States government undertook when it prohibited the making, sale, and use of alcohol.
As we all know, prohibition did not mean abstinence – in fact, quite the opposite. By making alcohol such a “forbidden fruit”, prohibition enhanced the desire for its use in many people.
The state where I live has a .08 blood alcohol tolerance. This means that if you are driving a vehicle – even a golf cart or a bicycle – and your blood alcohol is .08 or above, you’re in big trouble. In real terms, .08 isn’t a lot of booze.
The United States National Institute of Health has provided a chart that details blood alcohol content ranges and the effects of these ranges and it is surprising.
If you suspect you’re an alcoholic, looking for help for an alcoholic or are a recovering alcoholic in need of support, there are a number of places you can go. Do not use lack of access to care as an excuse for not finding sobriety.
Your first stop is undoubtedly Alcoholics Anonymous. From there, you will find people who can point you in the right direction and provide support. You can look up your local AA branch in your phone book or visit the Alcoholics Anonymous.
“It takes only one drink to get me drunk. The trouble is, I can’t remember if it’s the thirteenth or the fourteenth.” – George Burns
Most drinkers don’t know when their drunk, or should I say, at what point they officially became drunk. Definitely not the first beer, probably not the second beer, but maybe the third or fourth. There were external factors that contributed to the drunkenness.
I spoke with an individual that has been an alcoholism sponsor for over two decades. He has helped and guided several individuals struggling with sobriety over the years. This sponsor has also lost a few alcoholics along the way. Asked about it, he says that they were all worth it, no matter how demanding or irritating or angry they had become. Sponsorship is not an easy cross to bear.
When you first quit drinking you may find yourself making up stories about why you can’t drink. For Example: Telling people you’re allergic to alcohol. You do this to protect yourself from others finding out the real reason why you quit drinking.
Most people who drink a lot will suffer severe effects when they quit. If you have ever watched “Celebrity Rehab,” you get a first-hand look at alcohol withdrawal symptoms. They aren’t pretty.
There are several factors that determine the severity of alcoholism withdrawal symptoms.