Happy New Year, guys!
I hope you are having a great 2020 so far!
Festivities have finished and we’re all rolling into business as usual. But I wanted to share something that I know most of us have gone through at some point in our lives (and this is for those who aren’t in recovery):
It’s about those times when things are going awry, and we have a hard time coping with them. You know what I mean?
And instead of using healthy coping mechanisms, we find ourselves doing things which at the moment feels helpful, but in the long run isn’t.
Believe it or not, I am not against drinking. At all. I think it can be a part of something bigger and better, of fun and of celebration, or to mark a somber occasion.
But there are times when we may be using the drink more, without us even noticing.
I talked about this in my FB Live yesterday. You can find the video below:
But to quickly recap (details in the video) – signs you may be drinking more than usual:
- You’re looking to get more back-ups – you’re starting to stockpile a little bit more.
- You’re buying bigger wine or beer glasses.
- You feel the need to finish your drink, even if you don’t really feel like it
- You are really looking forward to that after-work drink – more than usual.
- Weight gain – bloating more and feeling heavier.
- Poor sleep – alcohol is great to help you get to sleep, but it doesn’t keep us in a good sleep. You wake often in the middle of the night.
- You are feel more down – alcohol is a depressant. We can whoop it up to feel good, but in the end alcohol brings us down, the more we drink it.
- You shirk responsibilities – you’re putting off more and more things.
- Your tolerance is increasing slowly – what a glass of wine or shot did for you now requires two or three. Be wary of this.
In the end, if you feel that one or more of these apply, think about what may be causing it.
Situations like divorce or stress at work because of a big project may be a culprit, but something we don’t even know.
Having this jump in alcohol use doesn’t mean you’re an alcoholic. But it can be setting a dangerous precedent in terms of how you cope this the bumps in the road.
There are many points where you can dial it back and re-establish your relationship with alcohol. Which really is the relationship you have with yourself and how you feel about you.
If this rings true for you, and you want to explore more about the (seemingly) unknown reason for this upswing in coping with alcohol, send me a message at:
And perhaps we can figure out a way that we can come up with a plan of attack. Either way, be cognizant of your intentions and even take a break and see if you are able. If not…then you may even want to look into recovery programs.
With that, have a great day today and a prosperous 2020!