You don’t have to be on your way to alcohol rehab in Kent to be in a position where you could do with cutting down. Research suggests that while doctors and health groups continue to remind the public of the dangers of alcohol abuse, more people than ever before are consuming more alcohol than ever before. It has become something of a societal norm in the UK and is taken as a normal, accepted everyday activity by millions. But what most simply do not realise is that even in instances where it seems like alcohol is beneficial, it has a tendency to be highly detrimental.
Whereas many people consume alcohol for no specific reason whatsoever, others use it as something of a DIY self-administered treatment. The problem being that rather than helping those in the latter bracket, it only ever tends to hinder.
So should you personally fall into any of the following brackets, you might want to think twice about your own alcohol consumption as a ‘beneficial’ remedy for everyday issues:
Using alcohol to relax
First of all, you may have bought into the mindset which suggests that an occasional drink here and there to aid relaxation isn’t a bad thing. And indeed it is exactly the case, but there is a big difference between an occasional drink for the purposes of relaxation and habitually drinking in each and every time you want to relax. The problem being that while you may not necessarily slip into outright addiction, you may find yourself in a situation where you cannot even imagine relaxing, without a drink in your hand. What’s more, drinking in a habitual manner like this will gradually increase your tolerance, meaning you’ll need more and more alcohol to feel the same sense of relaxation. And given the way in which the resulting effects and after-effects on your body will grow in severity, what started out as a simple relaxation aid can quickly become something far more detrimental.
Using alcohol to assist sleep
Likewise, there are millions who occasionally find themselves turning to a couple of sensible drink here and there, in order to aid restful sleep. Or at least, help them get to sleep in the first place. There’s no denying the way in which alcohol can make just about anyone so sleepy that they may fall asleep considerably faster than they otherwise would. The only problem being that the actual quality of sleep a person gets while under the influence of alcohol is considerably lower than that of normal sleep. So while you may indeed get more sleep in terms of duration, you may actually come out feeling as if you have had considerably less sleep. Make no mistake about it – alcohol does not represent a safe, effective or viable long-term solution for any sleep issues across the board.
Using alcohol to quell anxiety
There’s a big difference between an occasional bout of anxiety related to a stressful incident and the kind of anxiety that plagues the lives of millions on a near-constant basis. In the case of the former, a couple of drinks to calm the nerves on an infrequent basis is and generally considered harmful by experts. By contrast, those who turn to alcohol to calm feelings of anxiety on a more regular basis are in most instances doing themselves more harm than good. The reason being that while alcohol can be incredibly effective in quelling feelings of anxiety almost in an instant, it is largely guaranteed that they will return soon enough and be even more intense. The after-effects of alcohol include heightened anxiety – even in those who do not normally suffer from anxiety and stress. For those who do, alcohol consumption can trigger the kind of anxiety that can be both overwhelming and dangerous.
Using alcohol to boost confidence
Last but not least, the single biggest danger when using alcohol on a regular basis to boost confidence is the way in which it can become something of a lifestyle. For some, things get to a point where not only are they fundamentally dependent on alcohol to live various aspects of their lives, but when alcohol isn’t available they find themselves stuck in ruts of dangerously low self-esteem and confidence. Which of course represents the exact opposite of the intention, which was to boost confidence and reduce inhibitions. Once again, the key lies in proactively moderation and remembering that alcohol cannot and will not serve as a viable long-term solution for any problems you may be facing.