Alcoholism is something very serious that requires a lot of professional help because, to begin with, they do not usually recognize it

Normally people who drink regularly wake up in a bad mood, with a headache, with feelings of regret, anger, shame, anger or disappointment. They did not want to drink but they did it again and they relapsed. Maybe it's time to go back to being the person that one day was, to recover what really matters and be yourself without needing to drink.


How to identify the best time to stop drinking

There are a series of guidelines that can help the patient with alcohol problems to identify if it is the right time to stop drinking:


  1.   If you think you have drinking problems, you can take this test as a first step.
  2.   To ask if something concrete has happened to consider if it is now time to stop drinking: violence, appreciable physical deterioration, mental lacunae, etc.
  3.   Not being physically well, if not when drinking or after drinking. Drinking too much can cause the appearance and physical appearance to change over time.
  4. -If the patient notices that he has less memory capacity, headache, nausea or vomiting, and even loss of self-control.
  5.   The patient repeats himself often that he has the situation controlled, that he knows what he is doing, that he drinks with a head and that he is not like the rest.
  6. -If you have had a legal problem: problems with authority, fights, withdrawal of driving license for drunk driving ...
  7.   If the patient notices some effects that are derived from the consumption of alcohol: in the heart causes increase in cardiac activity and acceleration of the pulse. In addition, when alcohol reaches the blood there is a decrease in sugars, which causes weakness and physical exhaustion.



How does alcohol affect physically and psychologically?

Alcohol, in addition, has a series of effects on the body and the mind:

-The consumption of alcohol is not the natural state of the body. Both the perception of the outside and the way of relating to the environment are altered, with changes in self-esteem and emotional ups and downs.

- At the brain and neuronal levels, there are memory losses and gaps when drinking, so the patient does not remember what happened when he was drunk.

- Sexually, impotence or erectile dysfunction occurs in men. In women there are usually imbalances in the menstrual cycle, with problems arising in the hormonal system that, in turn, can lead to anxiety or depression.

-Diseases of sleep and insomnia.


How alcohol addiction affects social and family life

Normally many people with alcohol addiction have a very strong feeling of shame. Hence, it is possible that the patient feels the need to drink hidden from family or friends to not give explanations, not having to endure "fights" or not to see that he drinks more than the rest. On the other hand, the fact that the patient may begin to consider that he has to stop drinking is that a family member or friend has warned him that his character has changed: "Before you were an outgoing, fun, patient person ... and your character is becoming more irascible, you have less patience, you do not tolerate criticism, you lose your nerves ... ".

If the patient lives with the family or the couple, it is possible that the discussions are increasing. The person with problems with alcohol is less patient and tolerant with external stimuli, reacts in a hostile way to current situations ... In general, there is more risk of having a violent attitude when alcohol is consumed.

In addition, people with alcohol addiction feel the need to consume alcohol to socialize and build relationships, so their consumption is the excuse to meet friends, generating a dependence to interact with the outside.

Do not forget that alcohol also affects work: as the brain has a slower response, it costs more to concentrate and, therefore, make decisions. This is coupled with the lack of rest, the worst physical recovery after hangovers, poor performance, being late, losing the commitment ... All this influences the relationship with colleagues and superiors, which suffers, and can cause the person finish even farewell.

What stages does the decision to "stop drinking" comprise?

Making the decision is a process that will take several steps:

-Be ready to stop drinking.

-Make a list of the advantages and disadvantages of stopping drinking.

-Establish small changes, such as thinking about how to face without drinking a situation where you would normally do it.

-To allow others to help you: family, friends, co-workers

-Find professional help. Psychology specialists will help the patient learn how excessive alcohol consumption affects their body, as well as its effects. They will also teach you to learn to stay away from alcohol and to share your experiences with people in your same situation to recover physically and mentally, as well as to regain the direction of your life.

Changes in habits and lifestyle that can help overcome alcohol addiction

When a patient makes the decision to stop drinking and get back on track, he or she can make a series of changes that can help:

-Avoid certain people with whom you normally drink and places where you can consume alcohol.

-Make plans where alcohol is not strictly necessary.

-Keep home alcohol-free.

-Follow certain steps when you appreciate that you want to drink: identify that need and have some guidelines to follow so as not to consume.

-Access to help groups where you can share experiences and see that you are not alone.
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