Not everyone drinks with the intention of harming themselves or others. Going out and socializing is often associated with drinking. Many people believe that because alcohol is legal, they should be able to enjoy it. Also the belief that excessive social drinking is a character flaw serves to compound the problem. A tailspin of guilt, fear and shame often result when these common misconceptions come face-to-face with the desire to enjoy some adult beverages while out having a good time.
But social drinking can become problematic when we don’t know when to stop and we don’t have to be addicted to alcohol to find ourself facing unpleasant consequences from excessive or irresponsible drinking.
PLAN FOR CUTTING BACK
Before going out, it’s important to decide how many alcoholic servings to enjoy. The Pace is also important; rather than downing three drinks in one hour, it’s wiser to enjoy a few drinks over the course of a few hours.
Men should aim to consume not more than three to four shots of alcohol daily, while women should limit themselves to two to three shots. Bring a pen and mark your hand with how many drinks you’ve had to avoid getting carried away. You can also ask a friend to help you keep track of the amount you’ve consumed. Also keep track of how many consecutive days include drinking as part of your social life. Everyone should have a minimum of two alcohol-free days per week. Try to avoid alcohol for 48 hours after getting drunk.
Those who find themselves repeatedly drinking too much may need to examine their social circles to see if excessive drinking is being encouraged.
Eating and drinking water should be part of any social event where drinking alcohol is involved. Drinking on an empty stomach can lead to quicker alcohol absorption. It’s also wise to drink a pint of water before each alcoholic beverage is consumed to avoid dehydration.
From the first six hours to a few weeks after the last drink,drinkers can experience withdrawal symptoms, including twitching, cold sweats, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping, eating and concentrating. By ending alcohol consumption, they may see a difference in the puffiness of their face. Their fatigue and lethargy will disappear, forcing energy levels to rise. After a few months, excess weight begins to disappear as the result of a lower calorie intake. Alcohol, especially beer, adds up a lot of calories in our diet.