Not many people are aware they are already abusing alcohol. Alcohol misuse could lead to drinking excessively and then progresses to alcohol dependence.
First you start with a small wine while attending a party. Then you get bored and drink some more; then you get to know some friends where you of course think it needs a toast so you drink more. Then you meet your new friends, hang out with them, go to a bar and drink. You enjoy so much your time with them that you keep on hanging out with them, and so the drinking goes the same, every time you go out to party with friends.
But there is not only one reason for drinking. Yes, more commonly, it is because you are out with your party friends. Some other reasons could be that you had a tough day; or simply because you don’t have to work tomorrow; or that you need to socialize; or someone just paid the drinks for everyone. Some reasons are valid enough and can be considered. The question lies, until when can you be reasonable before your excuses take over your logical self?
If you say that you’ve had a tough day and you need to cope with stress, that’s common. However, if you keep drinking when you keep getting stressed, your stress level will soar as your alcohol limit increases and your sleep pattern is messed up.
If you want to drink just because you don’t have to work the next day, that’s valid enough. But drinking too much could spoil the next day when you have to “work it out” with your hangover.
Socializing while drinking is easy, that’s a fact. It is because you have more confidence when your brain is mixed with a little alcohol in it, so you tend to enjoy without having the reasonable side of you analyze everything you do. However, bear in mind the question, “what happens if you stop drinking when socializing?” Does this mean you have to drink every time you socialize? It can’t be good.
When you’ve been having too many socializing, too many day-offs, too many tough days and etc., it might be the right time to start thinking about alcohol rehab. Drinking has not become reasonable anymore and the excuses have started to take off.
Read more about alcohol rehab.