With Thanksgiving this week, I want to talk to you about alcohol consumption. Is it helping or hurting your life experience? Does is enhance or hinder your personality?
The holidays can be a stressful time for many, and alcohol is often used to ease social situations or as a excuse to over indulge.
In my years as a therapist, I have found drinking and the question of what is “normal” to be a hot button topic that does not have a one-size-fits-all answer.
If you think you might have a drinking problem, or just because you are curious, answer the following questions:
1. Do you drink too much?
2. Do you use alcohol as a reward for working hard?
3. Has one or more person told you that you drink too much or confronted you about your drinking?
4. Have you ever blacked out?
5. Do you engage in self-destructive behaviors when you drink that you otherwise would not, such as fighting or promiscuous sex?
The issue is not solely how often you drink. You could drink once a month, but if it’s a binge every time, it’s an issue. It is more about what happens in your life when you drink, if you have the ability to stop once you start, and if drinking negatively impacts the quality of your life in any way. (If you are not sure, ask your close friends of partner – clarity will come…trust me.)
Be mindful of how much you drink, the reasons why you reach for a drink, and your behaviors while under the influence.
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I hope you have a magical Thanksgiving, be safe, and please don’t drink and drive.
Love Love Love