How to Quit Drinking without AA from Booktopia
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In Australia, drinking has been a part of our culture since colonialism and Australians have long been labelled as drunkards. Today, drinking alcohol is most commonly done during social gatherings with friends or family, but what about other cultures and how did our attitude to alcohol come about?
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Alcohol drinking is part of the Australian culture, making it the most widely-used social drug. According to the 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey, 7.2% of Australians drank alcohol daily.
This mood-changing legal drug is classified as a depressant and slows down the central nervous system. It inhibits many of the brain’s functions and affects the whole body, slowing down coordination and balance and impairing judgment. Alcohol can be contained in beer, wine, whisky, spirits and other drinks containing ethyl alcohol or ethanol as a result of fermentation.
When drinking, the speed of alcohol being absorbed into the walls of the stomach and small intestines and transported to the bloodstream to be distributed to the brain and other parts of the body, depends on several factors like sex, body size, age, state of health, genetics, drinking experience, the mood when you started drinking and whether you have eaten or not. If consumed in excessive amounts, it can cause you pain, headache, dehydration, dizziness and unconsciousness.
Alcohol intake is measured in terms of standard drinks, regardless of the type of drink and size of the container. In Australia, a standard drink is 10 grams or 12.7ml.
People drink alcoholic beverages for a variety of reasons, including the following:
Drinking is Australia’s way of life. Unknown to many, excessive drinking of alcoholic beverages can adversely affect your health and can be life-threatening. Factors like age, sex, genetic makeup, body type and existing health conditions can affect the level of risk. It is best to take precautions and have a deeper understanding on how alcohol affects the body.
The National Health and Research Council has set the Australian Alcohol Guidelines to help people to drink moderately and reduce alcohol-related risks.
The lifetime risk of harm from drinking alcohol increases with the amount consumed.
For healthy men and women, drinking no more than two standard drinks on any day reduces the lifetime risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury.
On a single occasion of drinking, the risk of alcohol-related injury increases with the amount consumed. For healthy men and women, drinking no more than four standard drinks on a single occasion reduces the risk of alcohol-related injury arising from that occasion.
For children and young people under 18 years of age, not drinking alcohol is the safest option. Parents and carers should be advised that children under 15 years of age are at the greatest risk of harm from drinking and that for this age group, not drinking is especially important. For young people aged 15 to 17 years, the safest option is to delay the initiation of drinking for as long as possible.
Maternal alcohol consumption can harm the developing foetus or breastfeeding baby. For women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy and for those who are breastfeeding, not drinking is the safest option.
Aside from these guidelines, here are simple things for you to follow in order to minimise, if not avoid, the adverse effects of drinking alcoholic beverages.
People find enjoyment in drinking alcoholic beverages and may be unmindful of its effects. But as you drink, have you ever wondered if you have a drinking problem? Assess yourself. If you have any of these signs, then you may need to consider whether you might have a drinking problem.
A lot of people fall into binge drinking. This happens when one indulges in heavy drinking to the point of intoxication, or drinking more than four standard drinks in one occasion and in a short span of time.
Binge drinking is more common in males – both young and adults. It poses dangers not only to the health and life of the drinker but to everyone around them – families, friends, or even other people in the community. The dangers associated with binge drinking are classified according to its effects, either immediate or long term.
The following are the short term effects of binge drinking:
The long-term effects of binge drinking include the following:
If you drink regularly you may find yourself out with friends or at social events rather than spending time with your family. If you are at home, you want to be coherent and able to spend time with your family properly. Unfortunately for many alcoholics, they are not able to do this.
Drinking does not only hurt your family emotionally but financially too. If you are trying to save or a birthday or Christmas is coming up, then you may be spending money you need on alcohol.
Parents are children’s role models. What they observe in their homes becomes a practice and without proper guidance, they would think that what their parents are doing are just the right thing. Teenagers would try to emulate their parents or think they appear to be more mature when they drink.
Knowing about the long term effects of alcoholism is enough for some to start thinking about trying to quit. If you think you have a problem, think about yourself, your health, family and everyone around you. Also, think of the immediate benefits it can bring to your home, like having more time with your spouse and children, becoming more focused on certain tasks, being productive at work and boosting your finances. Do these things motivate you enough to quit? If so, here are top ways to quitting your booze addiction.
Alcoholics are not just faced with health problems, but also with financial issues. You can drink a bottle of beer that may not cost too much, but if you do it constantly your spending rises. And as soon as drinking becomes a habit it starts to grab a huge chunk of your budget. If you don’t have enough to spend, you might even be tempted to ask for money or financial support from friends or relatives.
It doesn't matter whether you're single, living with a partner, or have children. You can feel the financial burden no matter what your situation.
Legal issues arise from driving under the influence of alcohol or any form of violence resulting from it. Fines could bury you in debt and losing your driver’s license can bring about more hassles.
If you don’t keep your alcohol consumption to a minimum, you can expect to pay higher insurance premiums for your insurance cover. Considering the risks involved with drinking too much alcohol which are not limited to health and injury issues, underwriters will consider your drinking habits and alcohol consumption when assessing your insurance application.
If the breadwinner of your family has an alcohol problem then this can cause some significant financial problems. Your children may suffer in school and your spouse might have to try and make ends meet.
Quitting your drinking habits is never easy, but the following benefits are more than rewarding if you start to take action today:
Alcohol is nothing new, with history telling us that alcohol has existed long before we thought it did. Our ancestors had been drinking already in the past for various purposes, as evidenced by archaeological discoveries of pottery jars and those depicted in stone carvings.
In almost all parts of the world, brewing has been a part of every household tradition and alcoholic beverages were commonly used as part of religious rituals, hospitality, daily meals and for medical purposes. Other people drank alcohol on holiday celebrations and neighbourhood festivities.
In Europe, drinking wine and beer became had long been popular especially among workers. They would bring small bottled wines which they think were safer than drinking water at that time as water was then taken from sources used to dispose of sewage and garbage.
For them, it was safer to drink alcohol than the typically polluted water. As an effective analgesic, it provided workers the energy they wanted to endure a long day’s work and improve their quality of life.
Some cultures have been very lenient with alcohol usage. They recognised drinking as well as getting drunk as part of their daily lives and there were no punishment for getting intoxicated.
However, times and attitudes have changed, and for that reason alcoholic beverages have been a subject of government regulations. These have resulted in higher taxes to minimise consumption and licensing requirements to produce and sell the same. Age requirements to purchase and drink are also strictly imposed.
The decline in consumption came after an emphasis on sobriety, as people realised the non-beneficial effects of alcohol on health and labour efficiency. With the advent of industrialisation, no one wanted to have drunk workers.
Workplace safety and effectiveness started to become the norm. There was a pressing need for a reliable, self-disciplined and punctual work force.
Drunkenness was then defined as a threat to industrial safety, efficiency and growth. From then on, that attitude has largely been maintained and drinking has been highly discouraged.Back to top
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