Many of us drink to have a good time, relieve stress, or to relieve boredom. In recent times, some have been drinking more than they used to. Many of these have lost their jobs or the main source of income due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Others lost loved ones to the virus.
As a result, drinking habits have changed, with a considerable number of people becoming alcohol-dependent. If you are one such, remember that drinking alcohol without moderation has adverse effects. It can lead to legal trouble, a damaged reputation, weakened defenses, addiction, and even, death.
Signs That You Are Abusing Alcohol
Drink to cope with your problems.
Can only be happy when you drink alcohol.
Spend more than you can afford on alcohol.
Often get into trouble after drinking.
Can't stop once you start drinking.
Misbehave after drinking.
People are expressing concern about your drinking habits.
If you are showing any of the above signs, you need the following tips on how to control your alcohol consumption.
Pick Days Of The Week On Which To Drink
If you've been drinking every day, cut down on the number of days in a week you drink. You can set aside 3 days a week when you won't drink alcohol at all.
Set A Limit To How Many Drinks You'll Have
On the days you're allowed to drink, set a moderate limit to the number of drinks you'll have. According to a U.K-based alcohol education charity, "taking regular breaks from alcohol is the best way to lower your risk of becoming dependent on it".
Find Healthy Substitutes
You can substitute alcoholic drinks with other non-alcoholic beverages. Make sure you like these beverages and that they are within your reach. Such small changes can make a big difference.
Stick strictly to the plan you've made. If someone offers you a drink on a day you're not supposed to drink, give a polite but convincing "No". Be quick to respond. If you feel pressured, walk away.
Also, do not exceed the amount of drink you're supposed to have on your drinking days.
Think About The Benefits Of Your Decision
Know why you want to control your alcohol consumption and the benefits of doing so. Should you be tempted to give in, the reason for and benefits of your decision will stop you.
Some such benefits include improved sleep and relationships and better health and finances.
The COVID-19 pandemic will pass. Do not ruin your life and the lives of those who care about you by developing a bad drinking habit.