Be honest with yourself for a second - how much alcohol do you drink every week? Do you even know? The vast majority of people don’t keep track of their intake, so there’s a good chance you won’t have a clue.
And this is one of the biggest problems with drinking booze. Unless you are keeping strict tabs on your habit, it might well turn into an addiction. It can creep up on you slowly - and before you know it you have a problem. Which, as a drinker, you won’t admit to yourself, of course.
That said, there are a few signs that you should watch out for that might give you a clue that you have an issue. We’re going to take a look at some of those reasons for reevaluating your relationship with alcohol today. Let’s get started.
Your fitness levels are dropping like a stone
Alcohol can cause many issues with the body - most of which you will already know. But what many people fail to understand is that things can happen slowly over time. These incremental changes are hard to notice and often won’t display symptoms until well into the later stages. But if you notice you are less fit than you were the previous year, or you start getting arthritic pains, it might be a sign the booze is affecting you. Conditions like gout can be significant indicators, as can an increase in your waistline.
You’re getting into trouble with the law
Alcohol can affect people in different ways, of course. But one common theme that is the same for most people is that hard drinkers don’t always know when they are drunk. It can lead to some rash decision making, such as driving under the influence. You might put yourself into dangerous and confrontational situations, too. So, if you are finding you need DUI representation or are frequently in trouble with the law, it’s time to ask some hard questions. Are you on top of your drinking, or is alcohol starting to control you?
You can’t be social without a drink
There’s no need to abstain completely when you are out at social events, of course. But if you can’t go out for the night without drinking in excess, it’s a sure sign you have a little problem. We won’t go so far as to mention alcoholism - but you are certainly starting up that road. It’s especially true if you won’t go to an event simply because there is no alcohol. If that sounds familiar, it might be time to reach out for some help.
You’ll just have ‘one more.'
Finally, people can have a great time with a couple of drinks. But if you find you are always the last one standing, or can’t stop at just one or two; you have a problem. It’s as simple as that. Try quitting for a week or two - without drinking any booze at all. See how you feel. If you can’t make it for that long, it is a sure sign the grip of alcohol is starting to take hold.