Alcohol: What to Do If It’s a Problem for You
How can I tell if alcohol is a problem for me?
Alcohol is a problem if it affects any part of your life. This includes your health, your work and your life at home. You may have a problem with alcohol if you think about drinking all the time, if you keep trying to quit on your own but can’t, or if you often drink more than you plan to.
Ask yourself these questions
If you answer yes to 1 or more of the following questions, you may have a problem with alcohol. Have you ever felt:
- The need to cut down on your drinking?
- Annoyed by criticism of your drinking?
- Guilty about your drinking?
- As if you need a drink in the morning?
What are some of the signs that alcohol is a problem?
Some signs may be changes that are not so obvious. For example, you may drink more than you intended or more than is safe for what you are doing (like driving a car).
Many people find it hard to admit when alcohol is a problem. Often, people around you may see your problem before you do. Think about the things mentioned here. Think about what your friends and family say to you about drinking. Then talk with your family doctor about your concerns.
Other Signs That Alcohol Is a Problem
- Being unusually suspicious
- Blackouts/memory loss
- Breakdown of relationships
- Getting driving tickets while under the influence of alcohol
- Loss of self-esteem
- Not taking care of yourself
- Poor work performance
- Taking sick days for hangovers
- Trembling hands
- Trouble having erections (men)
How does alcohol affect my health?
Alcohol is best known as a cause of cirrhosis, a disease of the liver. However, it has many other effects on your health. It’s a major cause of deaths and injuries because of accidents. It can have severe effects on a baby during pregnancy. It can also cause stomach pain due to a bleeding ulcer or irritated stomach lining.
What causes alcoholism?
The causes of alcoholism are not fully known. A history of alcoholism in your family makes it more likely. Men seem to be more at risk than women. Some drinkers use alcohol to try to relieve anxiety, depression, tension, loneliness, self-doubt or unhappiness.
Why should I quit?
Quitting is the only way to stop the problems alcohol is causing in your life. It may not be easy to quit. But your efforts will be rewarded by better health, better relationships and a sense of accomplishment. As you think about quitting, you may want to make a list of your reasons to quit.
How do I stop?
The first step is realizing that you control your own behavior. It’s the only real control you have in your life. So use it. Here are the next steps:
- Commit to quitting. Once you decide to quit, you can make plans to be sure you succeed.
- Get help from your doctor. He or she can be your biggest ally. Alcoholism is a kind of disease, and it can be treated. Talking with your doctor or a counselor about your problems can be helpful too.
- Get support. Contact Alcoholics Anonymous or the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. They will give you the tools and support you need to quit. Ask your family and friends for support too.
What does it feel like to quit drinking?
As you drink, your body tries to make up for the depressant effects of alcohol. This built-up tolerance to alcohol can lead to severe withdrawal symptoms when people who drink a lot quit.
Serious withdrawal symptoms include seeing things, seizures and delirium tremens (confusion, seeing vivid images, severe shakes, being very suspicious), and can even include death. This is why you need your doctor’s care if you’ve been drinking heavily and are trying to quit.
- Useful Herbs in the Treatment of Alcoholism
- Aloe vera (Aloe vera)
Aloe vera helps to strengthen the liver which is the first organ to be affected by the habit of alcoholism. Aloe vera can improve the functions and strength of the liver, and can prevent cirrhosis which is developed due to continuous intake of alcohol.
- Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
Ashwagandha is an herb that is taken to reduce vata vitiations. This is important since vata plays and important role in strengthening the brain and nervous coordination. Use of ashwagandha can make the alcoholic person stronger.
- Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica)
The gotu kola herb revitalizes the brain. This is essential in people who want to overcome the withdrawal symptoms accompanied with alcohol.
- Musk (Nardostachys jatamansi)
Known commonly in Ayurveda as Jatamansi, musk is a nervine for the vata vitiation. Its cooling effect helps the body to fight against then effects of alcoholism.
- Aloe vera (Aloe vera)
- Ayurvedic Treatment for Alcoholism
Ayurvedic treatments for mada work on various levels. There are different kinds of treatments for people with different degrees of alcoholism. Common therapies employed are cold irrigations on the head, providing a cold diet and applying cold mud packs on the body.
However these therapies work only for people who are not habitual alcoholics. These are the people who are beginners to drinking and hence get intoxicated easily. Ayurvedic medicines like Brihat vata chintamani rasa, Vata Vidhwansa rasa, Brahmi ghritam and Sarvatha choorna can be given to the alcoholics.
But if the person is a habitual alcoholic, then severe treatments are necessary. The medication is done based on the doshic constitution of the person.
- For people with a vata constitution, the prescribed Ayurvedic treatments are Suvarachala choorna, Shuktapana and Amla Snigdhaadi yoga.
- For people with a pitta constitution, the prescribed Ayurvedic treatments are Vata Srugadi pana and Kshundramalaki hima.
- For people with a kapha constitution, the prescribed Ayurvedic treatments are to induce vomiting, fasting and to provide digestive medicines.
- Home Medications
Fruit juices are very effective in lowering the effects of alcoholism. For removing the effects of a hangover, the juice of a lemon or orange will be very effective. Eating an apple or banana helps to flush out the toxins from the body which collect due to alcoholism.
Both grapes and dates are very beneficial in reducing the urge to consume alcohol. If alcoholics are kept on a diet of only grapes for a couple of weeks, then most likely the temptation to drink will be totally gone.
Introduce many other drinks in the person’s diets so that the craving for the alcoholic drink is reduced.
When the person feels the urge to consume alcohol, having a glass of carrot juice will help to reduce the temptation.
For an alcoholic, avoiding alcohol could be a very difficult task. The withdrawal symptoms of alcoholism may be very severe. So it is not advisable for a hardcore alcohol to stop drinking entirely. Instead, the alcohol should be carefully phased out.
The following steps can be taken to reduce alcohol intake
- The person must be made to take interest in constructive hobbies and sports.
- Love and affection from family members and friends could strengthen the resolve of the person to give up alcoholism.
- Attending meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous will show the alcoholic how people have managed to kick their boozing habits. This will create a very positive outlook in the alcoholic.
- Instead of alcohol, other drinks with less alcohol in them can be used, such as wine and cocktails. Eventually even these can be stopped.
We hope above tips will help you in quitting alcohol. This content has been provided to you by Medilente Pharma which is a pcd pharma company.