You often drink more alcohol than you would have liked, for longer than you intended, or despite having told yourself that you would not.
You have given up on other activities because of alcohol. Spend less time on previously important activities to you (hanging out with family and friends, hitting the gym, pursuing your hobbies) due to alcohol consumption.
Drink even if you know it’s causing problems. For example, you recognize that alcohol consumption is harming your marriage, making depression worse, or causing health problems, but you continue drinking anyway.
Problems with alcohol and denial
- – Underestimate the amount of alcohol you drink
- – Underestimate the negative consequences of drinking
- – You complain that family and friends are exaggerating the problem
- – You blame others for your drinking problems
For example, you might blame an ” unfair boss ” for problems at work or a ” nagging wife ” for your marital problems, rather than looking at how your drinking is contributing to the problem. While work, relationships, and financial stresses happen to everyone, a general deterioration in your condition by blaming others could be a sign of trouble.
If you find yourself justifying your drinking habits, lying to her, or refusing to discuss the subject, take a moment to consider why you are so defensive. If you truly believe you are okay, there should be no reason to cover up your drinking or apologize.
How to get help if you have a problem with alcohol
Your recovery depends on continually treating your mental health, learning more effective coping strategies, and making healthier decisions when facing life’s challenges. To stay alcohol-free for a long time, you will first need to address the problems that have led you to alcoholism or alcohol abuse.
These problems could be depression, an inability to manage stress, an unresolved trauma from your childhood, excessive anxiety, or any other mental health problem. Such problems may become more noticeable when alcohol is no longer used to cover them.
Next step: finding the right treatment for alcohol addiction
There are many effective alcoholism treatment options available: both private and national health service rehabilitation programs. Furthermore, various scientific researches have shown that specific cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy of alcohol abuse has significant positive effects on reducing consumption and the management of relapses.