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5 Signs That You Have Alcoholism

5 Signs That You Have Alcoholism

It’s well known that alcohol use beyond a certain point can become an addiction that brings with it all kinds of health dangers. The trick is realizing when someone has crossed the line from being an occasional social drinker to an alcoholic in a position to do incalculable damage to their health and wellbeing.

It’s far too easy to dismiss warning signs as temporary aberrations or to convince yourself that the condition is under control.

If you are a drinker or you think someone dear to you may be an alcoholic, here are some signs that drinking is really taking its toll on the health of the person.

1. Anxiety and shaking

If you feel shaking of the body while sleeping or find it hard to sleep at night this is a sure sign that something is wrong. Anxiety and depression are additional signs that drinking is seriously damaging your health.

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If you are experiencing these symptoms, it’s time to look around for solutions. You can do this on your own, or you can seek outside help. Getting help is a big step that can pay huge dividends in the long run.

The best thing you can do to start with is to gradually lessen your alcohol intake. Since this can be very difficult to do on your own, you may want to initiate drug replacement therapy through neuro rehab treatment.

Neuro rehab treatment will allow you to cope with the anxiety and related issues. It can help you set yourself on a path to breaking your addiction.

2. Your oral health is poor

The risk of oral cancer increases six times if you drink alcohol in excess. Poor oral health is another sign that you may need to cut down or eliminate your alcohol intake.

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Various studies also indicate that 4 or more drinks per day can cause oral cancer or other related oral health hazards.

So if you are facing bad oral health, decayed teeth, swollen gums, or any other oral malady, it’s time to set an appointment with a dentist. Seeing dentists for non-surgical gum therapy may be a starting point for you to improve your oral health along with initiating a gradual recovery.

3. You are forgetting things

It is scientifically proven fact that people who overly indulge in alcohol tend to gradually lose their memory.

The signs of memory loss may be tricky to identify at first. However, if you’re forgetting things, again and again, that’s a warning sign that you may need help.

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4. You are too social and can’t resist peer pressure

Probably one of the easiest ways to get fat or drink too much is when we are in a social setting. We simply cannot resist offers from our friends or colleagues for one more shot of whiskey or piece of pizza.

If you are someone who cannot resist the temptation and find it hard to say no, that could be yet another symptom of alcoholism.

5. Failing to keep promises

Alcoholics are not good at keeping their promises. Most anyone who has consumed alcohol can recall a day they overindulged and swore they would never drink again only to find themselves lifting a pint a few days later. With alcoholics, however, this process tends to repeat itself all too frequently.

Often an alcoholic will make promises to friends or family while they’re drinking that they find themselves unable or unwilling to fulfill when they’re sober. That is if they don’t forget the promise entirely.

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Overcoming Alcoholism

If you notice this behavior on either end, it’s time to take a long, hard look at whether alcohol rehab is necessary. If you recognized yourself or a loved one in several of the above situations, now is the time to make a change.

Overcoming an addiction to alcohol isn’t easy, but it can be done. Odds are you know someone who has done so successfully. It requires some effort, commitment, and a genuine self-compassion.

Realizing the need to be clean and the willingness to work with people to make it happen is what matters most. Armed with the right tools and expertise an alcoholic can leave this destructive habit behind and go on to live a fulfilling life.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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