Should I cut down on my drinking? Or Quit?
With fall here, screaming kids back to school and Labor Day behind us, it might be a good time to assess whether or not you’re drinking too much. The dangers of not knowing where you stand on the “Drunk O Meter,” could be catastrophic. You could lose everything; your family, kids, job and worse yet, your life or someone else’s life. The thing about alcoholism, as we say in my recovery program, is that it is the only disease that tells “you don’t have a disease.”
Here are a few things to consider: First, visit my site www.mynameishoot.com, then do a little self evaluation. If you have been drinking at a level that is considered high risk or heavy drinking, usually described as five or more drinks in one sitting, then you may want to consider making a change to your drinking pattern. — Or quit altogether. But which is the best choice for you? Should you try moderating your alcohol consumption, or should you try to quit?
Many people do learn to moderate their drinking and are successful in returning to a low risk drinking pattern. There are support groups for those who are trying to cut down or moderate their drinking. One of the best resources I’ve found, covering all aspects of drinking is, www.about.com/alcoholism.
When Cutting Down Doesn’t Work
If you try to cut down, but find that you cannot stay within the limits that you set for yourself, it may be best to quit instead. One of the main reasons that people decide to quit drinking and seek help to do so is because they find they have lost the ability to control the amount they drink; and that is the description of alcoholism!!
You are the person who is in the best position to make the decision of whether to cut down or quit. If you can consistently drink one or two drinks and no more, then you may be able to cut down to a low-risk drinking pattern. But if you find that those first two drinks usually trigger an urge for more, chances are moderation is not an option.
When Quitting Is Advised
There are other reasons that quitting drinking may be a better option for you than moderation or cutting down, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Please visit “Resources and links” at www.mynameishoot.com to see what may work best for you. Completely anonymous. Our thanks to www.about.com/alcoholism for the many resources they provide to those of us who have been dealt the alcoholism card.
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