What If I Don’t Want to Stop Drinking?

What If I Don’t Want to Stop Drinking?Many people can drink responsibly, but alcohol is a powerful drug that can conquer even the most sensible people. If people choose to drink regularly, they must be aware of its potential risks to prevent alcoholism.

Reasons People Don’t Want to Quit Drinking

Drinking alcohol does not have to be a bad thing as long as it is done for the right reasons, but many people drink alcohol for the wrong reasons, those that keep them drinking even when it is no longer healthy to do so. Many people are unaware of the reasons that cause them to do so: do you really just enjoy a glass of wine with dinner, or are you using it to relieve stress? Relying on alcohol to improve your life is quite dangerous. This causes people to believe that they need alcohol to function, overcome problems, cope with emotions, etc.

Alcoholism is not always blatantly apparent, so problematic drinking habits can occur despite being addicted. The dangerous consequences of alcohol abuse can transpire instantaneously and progress swiftly. Understanding the reasons behind your drinking can prevent it from turning into a problem.

Signs of Alcoholism

Continuing to drink alcohol for the following reasons may indicate unhealthy drinking behavior:

  • Needing to drink to have fun
  • Using alcohol to relax, or relieve stress
  • Drinking to escape or forget your problems
  • Using alcohol to control your emotions, improve your mood or cope with pain
  • Drinking compulsively or out of habit
  • Drinking because your peers are; drinking to fit in

If you recognize any of these symptoms in yourself or a loved one, alcoholism may be developing.

Should I Stop Drinking?

Many people enjoy drinking. They find it appealing to experience psychological release, lessened inhibitions and a dulled sense of reality. You may wonder why you should stop if drinking does not interfere with your job, family or health. You do not have to hit rock bottom for alcohol to be a danger to your life. The following are some of the many advantages of abstinence or even cutting back:

  • Your health—alcohol is incredibly hazardous to health as it damages vital organs, increases the risk of cancer and contains an incredible number of calories
  • Your relationships—alcohol affects behavior and damages relationships
  • Your opportunity—alcohol impairs judgment, concentration, motor coordination, behavior and emotion. It disables people, limiting their performance and handicapping their ability to succeed.
  • Your odds—just one bad night of drinking can lead to devastating consequences: accidents, drinking and driving, fights, criminal behavior, domestic violence or abuse, damaged relationships, sexual assault, rape, job termination, blown finances, etc.

Help for Alcoholism

Are you drinking more than you’d like to? Do you want to cut drinking out of your life, but can’t do it? If you are concerned that you or a loved one may need to quit drinking alcohol, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our addiction counselors are available 24 hours a day and can help you find recovery solutions. Your call is free, confidential and a great chance for you to find help.