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Alcohol Sucks!

BY TIM PATTEN

Many people enjoy the uninhibited and relaxing sensitivities associated with having a beer or a glass of wine – or perhaps many of drinks.

Unfortunately, the data suggests that males tend to over-consume and become addicted to mind-altering substances at a higher rate than females do.

Although it is somewhat understandable given what many of them have to deal with on a regular basis in their daily lives, as with hiding and lying, escaping from reality is not really a viable solution.

A glass of wine or beer after a stressful day can help you shift out of work mode, relax and recharge.

Alcohol’s sedating, muscle relaxing effects calm frazzled nerves and its pleasant, mood elevating benefits provide a welcome temporary respite from negative or critical thoughts.

There is also a good amount of science that supports light to moderate alcohol consumption as being protective for your brain, decreasing your risk of depression, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

But, alcohol can be a central nervous system depressant that leads to clinical depression.

One thing we know with certainty is that the two conditions often occur concurrently.

An ongoing large-scale study begun in 2001 known as the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC) determined that people with history of alcohol use disorder, including those in recovery, are 3.7 times more likely to experience a major depressive disorder than those without.

Not only do they often occur together, but depression and alcohol use seem to bring out the worst in each other, each condition becoming heightened in the presence of the other.

Sadly, in the end, alcohol intake often grows into a physical addiction where the body needs alcohol every day to feel normal as many persons often experience depression due to the chemical; imbalance.

Below are a few signs that suggest a problem is brewing:

  • You have passed out on one occasion or another after drinking.
  • You find that a drunken state creeps up on you unexpectedly.
  • You say and do foolish things that are not funny to others.
  • Your ability to walk and function normally is noticeably impaired after drinking.
  • You become angry or critical toward friends and family, often with little or no provocation.
  • Those who are closest to you point out unwelcome changes in your attitude and demeanor.
  • You frequently swallow aspirins, pain pills or mood-altering medications with or after drinking so you can work or sleep better.
  • You need a drink in order to feel well or happy.
  • You have trouble concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions.
  • You’re fatigued.
  • You have feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and helplessness.
  • You are pessimistic and hopeless at times.
  • You experience insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or sleeping too much.
  • You can’t wait to have that first drink of the day to help you relax and unwind.

It is time to consider lifestyle changes.

Alcohol consumption can be replaced with healthy coping techniques such as a brisk walk in the woods or a heart-to-heart with a close friend.

Exercise is always a healthier way to relieve stress.

If you find that you are in a troubling situation with regard to alcohol, weed, pills or any other mind-altering substances, the good news is that there are strategies you can use that can help you turn the tide on your own.

Sometimes, of course, people can’t do it by themselves. Indeed, contrary to what many are led to believe, men should never fear asking for help.

This means reaching out and getting assistance from friends and family, health professionals or those who have aided other addicts in their efforts to get clean.

In many cases, they can help you to understand who you are and what you need, then walk you through the darkest places in your mind to find the shining light.

With several tools at your disposal, you only need to make the right choice – one that means you can live a more genuine and satisfying life.

 

About the Author

Tim Patten is the author of popular books and articles on male empowerment. The article above is excerpted from his groundbreaking self-help book, Masculinity Is Our Future, which is not about male superiority or authority, but about achieving growth, taking responsibility, and gaining respect for yourself and others.

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2 Comments

  1. Mike Nystrom
    Posted March 3, 2018 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Excellent advice!!!

  2. No one
    Posted March 8, 2018 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    They Built Pyramids thanks to beer

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