Before we beat up some group for the Booze-Problem, think about how many of us are directly or indirectly supported, paid, or benefit in some way from the sale and use of alcohol.
The booze-problem certainly also touches the funeral homes and cemeteries. Many of us have a piece of the action. Alcohol is a real income generator.
Alcohol greases more than just our social interactions. We haven’t mentioned the grain growers, distilleries, brewers and label/bottle makers. Delivery trucks.
Alcohol is a big industry, growing since earliest historic times.
Our long ago ancestors may have started farming in order to have a steady supply of home-brew ingredients. We’ve made it a national pastime. Ethyl is quite a gal.
So what to say or do about the booze problem?
Especially, our personal booze-problem.
First, don’t try to save the whole world today. Save some for tomorrow. Today, think of you and yours. Who do you
know who needs help with his or her booze-problem?
You yourself? Your spouse or partner?
And how do you decide if they have a real booze-problem? What should you know to help or get help?
Let’s start with our bodies. We know that only our liver can burn off the alcohol we consume, coffee and cold showers won’t do it.
But when the alcohol’s effect wears off, we are left to face our reason for drinking in the first place. Escape stress, make-out, whatever the reason was, are you any better off, or worse? Doubtful it got any better.
Maybe made out, now that’s possibly a problem. Date rape and alcohol are twins.
What we need to know is here in these facts: In our reason for our drinking, and the consequences of our drunk or drinking actions. If the “Booze-Problem” is a problem you can see, recognize then it needs addressing.
We could list all the health reasons from impaired driving to liver damage, blackouts and death. But then, you’ve probably heard them before.
You have to decide if health, sexual behavior, food use,
gambling, or other alcohol-related behaviors is influenced enough to address the problem.
The odd part is that you, just yesterday, were a moderate drinker, now it is a booze-problem. However, if you are pregnant, it is probably beyond a problem. It is a tragedy.
Here is some help in determining how far you or one you care about is along the Booze-Problem addiction path.
On getting help, Roy Orbison had this to say, “I may be a living legend, but that doesn’t help when I have to change a flat tire.”
We all can use help at one time or another, regardless of who or what we are. Sometimes a competent adviser is the best tool you can have.
A prime consideration for you, of course, is the spin-offs of your behavior and the troubles it makes in the “real” world. That is the violence, sex, drunk driving, and failures to perform expected duties, i.e. work, family, personal commitments.
Your simple drinking problem, or booze-problem just morphs and migrates from social binge drinking to alcohol abuse and to full blown alcoholism and addiction.
In addition, genes and family history may bond with a person’s need to avoid painful feelings by drinking and you’ve got a real problem.
Many of the services which help with alcoholism treatment
are useful with alcohol abuse and booze-problems.
There may not be the dependence on alcohol, but there is a pattern of consistent misuse. Alcohol abuse, like binge drinking and occasional intoxication are examples of a booze-problem.
Often, alcohol-related problems like DWI and DUI are involved in what we call booze-problems. It will be helpful to take a closer look at some of the factors.
NIAAA funds approximately 90 percent of all alcoholism research in the US. See what it finds.
Some feel that most people are addicted in some way. That to be addicted to alcohol, is similar to coffee, sugar, sex, over-work, or the internet, any craving done to escape the moment or feelings.
They also say that alcohol and drugs are simply more obvious and tragic addictions than others. Possibly, to be alive is to be addicted. We, all, just want to escape a moment, a time of stress, or rough going. We just want a pick-me-up.
Of course, if you look at the booze-problem from an alcoholism treatment perspective, you realize it is neither a treat or stress relief. Often it only creates more stress. These
things we become so dependent upon are not really treats.
Yet when we feel we are living lives that are not ones we really want, the coffee, the ice cream, hit, cold beer or drink of scotch appears as a very bright spot in our otherwise dismal grind.
Addiction exists when you are compelled to give attention and energy to things that are not your true desires. Addiction is a state of compulsion, obsession, or preoccupation that enslaves your will and desire.
Addiction sidetracks the energy of your real desires. Then the energy of our desires becomes attached, nailed, to specific behaviors, desires, or people.
Attachment is the process which enslaves desire and creates our addiction.
The negatives of alcoholism are well known. What is not well known is that females my be the ones to suffer most from booze-problems.
Women lose who booze.
Females are more likely to suffer depression, liver damage, even when the same amount of alcohol is consumed. Females metabolize booze differently than males. We really don’t know why, perhaps estrogen.
Women, as we know, are much more (6 times) likely to report suffering sexual or physical abuse. And, of course, a booze problem is the home court for emotional abuse.
Perhaps a special approach to intervention and treatment is needed for women to be really helped.
Lets take a look at how the National Mental Health folks suggest we approach treatment.
Women and Alcohol requires an individual approach.