Alcohol Use During Dry January
January 13, 2018
Only you can decide that your relationship with alcohol is unhealthy, and the decision to abstain from beer and liquor must be internal. One can indeed meet all the criteria for alcohol use disorder and still maintain the belief that all is well; however, if individuals are looking to turn their life around they must first acknowledge that a problem exists, only then will treatment and recovery be fruitful.
Alcohol, unlike so-called “harder drugs” is pervasive in the United States. The substance is legal for adult consumption and if used in moderation people can lead productive lives. Due to alcohol’s place in society, there is a fine line between reckless alcohol use and alcohol use disorder, or AUD. Many forces at work encourage Americans to imbibe more than they should. We’d all be hard press to watch a sporting event without exposure to a salvo of alcohol advertising.
External pressures to drink are everywhere; overconsumption typifies American nightlife; over serving individuals is not only standard, but it’s also practically expected. Over time, repeated heavy alcohol use can morph into something problematic; once a condition takes root, it’s a guarantee the problem will progress. When you live in an environment that bombards you with mixed messages about alcohol, it’s difficult to discern if you actually have a problem. Fortunately, there are few things you can do to provide clarity.
After the hectic holiday season, many Americans have had just about enough spiked eggnog. The thought of attending one more party, drinking another drop of alcohol, is sure to leave a bad taste in one’s mouth. Every January, millions of people around the globe set themselves the task of abstaining until February. If you don’t drink alcohol regularly then Dry January is hardly a challenge; but for those whose use might lean toward problematic, 31 days of abstinence will probably prove difficult.
Before we proceed, let us start by saying that a failure to abstain from alcohol for any amount of time does not mean you are an alcoholic. There are always exigent circumstances worth considering in any endeavor. With that in mind, let Dry January serve as more of gauge rather than a diagnostic procedure. Thirty-one days is not a short period, just ask anyone in recovery for alcohol use disorder—they will tell you that their first 30 days of sobriety were a real chore.
Setting a goal like this, alcoholic or not, isn’t easy. Most people do not abstain for the entire month. What we are concerned with are the people who set out to refrain from alcohol use who already had a feeling that a problem existed. That is: people who have maintained heavy alcohol use in spite of their friends and family expressing concerns; individuals who have called out to work on numerous occasions after a serious bender; and persons whose alcohol use has affected their ability to function and maintain meaningful relationships. You know who you are, and to come full circle, only you can decide your drinking is a problem in need of consideration.
Alcohol Use Disorder
It’s now January 13, 2018, if you are currently sober 13 days you only have 18 more days to go. If you have already fallen off the wagon, please do not dismay, and reflect on the causes of your return to drink, instead. You may realize that your relationship with alcohol is problematic, you might see sharply for the first time that alcohol is holding you back in life. If that is the case, please reach out to professionals for further assistance. With help, you can get a clearer picture of the severity of your condition and decide if addiction treatment is required.
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