It’s 11 a.m. on Sunday, and you just opened your eyes. You have a headache, nausea, and feel pretty gross. The first thought that pops into your mind is, “Ugh…” and the second thought is probably, “This is the last time.”
Yes, you and I know who this person is. It’s you, I, or your um… friend, with a hangover after a night of whatever euphemism you prefer for drinking too much.
Here comes the hard part. If you find that you’ve had a few too many times, in which you have had, well, a few too many, you probably have a drinking problem.
Now for the serious talk. Alcoholism is deadly. In fact alcoholism is also one of the hardest addictions to kick. It results in over 2,000,000 deaths per year worldwide. That means over 2,000,000 people with loved ones mourning them. This is reality.
If you are still trying to figure out whether or not you are an alcoholic, the answer is yes. After all, if it’s on your mind, you definitely do have a problem.
When deciding whether or not to quit drinking completely, there is one basic question to ask yourself honestly: “Is my drinking hurting myself, my family, my friendships, or my job, in even the slightest way?”
If you still need help deciding, visit the National Council on Alcoholism and Substance Dependence website.
Alcoholism isn’t a joke. If you’re having a few too many, don’t excuse it because you’re young or stressed. Grow up, go to one of the many recovery groups available, and take responsibility for your life.
If you know someone who is drinking too much, call them out on it. Remember, just because you don’t wake up and start drinking, doesn’t mean you don’t have a problem.