August 25, 2008

Benefits of Quitting

Benefit There are many benefits to be gained be quitting drinking. Let‚??s look at just a few:

Quitting improves your physical health. It lowers your risk of developing diseases such as cirrhosis, damage to the pancreas, heart problems, certain cancers, sexual problems, and other conditions. The more you work towards quitting drinking the closer you will get to a healthy body that will increase your ability for a productive and happy life with friends and family.

You will gain a new sense of self. You will begin to see yourself as a valuable person who is worthy of your own love and the love of others. This outlook will bring you emotionally closer to those around you giving your live meaning‚?¶and that‚??s what life is all about.

You will have more money in your pocket. Imagine all of the things you can do and places you can go by saving the money once spent on alcohol toward something better for you.

Your appetite will return, as will your muscle tone and health. You also will lose weight by eliminating the high fat content of alcohol.

Gain more time for yourself, not alcohol. If you drink just around the house five nights a week to the point of having three hours or so of unproductive thinking you will lose a full month off your life each year alone! That‚??s quite a bit of wasted time that could have been spent on much better things such as reading a book, furthering your education, playing a sport or even starting a business.

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August 23, 2008

One Step at a time

Breath TestWhen deciding to stop drinking, do it step by step. Here are some helpful hints to start you on your way.

One of the first steps is to understand what habits lead to your drinking. Replace these habits with something more positive and healthier to avoid the path to drinking. Once you create better habits, your body will soon feel refreshed and more relaxed leading to the urge to drink diminishing over time.

You must educate yourself on what to expect and get support if you need to. Quitting drinking is not easy but it is possible if you think you can do it.

Admitting that you have a problem and that you may need help to overcome this problem is often the biggest obstacle facing alcoholics. Most alcoholics deny that there even is a problem. They often fool themselves into thinking they can control their drinking or that they can stop at any time.

You need to fight temptation as best you can. Incorporate a healthy diet into your lifestyle as malnutrition is a major source of dependency. Avoid situations where you might be tempted to drink. Non alcoholic drinks are a great alternative to their alcoholic counterparts when drinking is socially acceptable. Try keeping candies or chocolates available. Sugar withdrawal is common in alcoholics. The sugar will increase your endorphins and help reduce your cravings.

Opt for low alcohol beers to cut back on your alcohol intake or at least skip over the ‚??strong‚?? beers or lagers. Pace your rate of drinking and even try alternating soft drinks with those with alcohol.

As you develop your plan toward quitting drinking, understand that you do not have to quit right this second. Going ‚??cold turkey‚?? oftentimes leads to episodes of binge drinking and then feelings of failure that can lead to relapse. Work towards your goal in a series of small steps to ensure your success. Alcohol is a fierce opponent that does not want to lose so give yourself the best chance possible by taking it one day at a time.

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August 18, 2008

Questions to ask yourself

QuestionmarkDo you feel like you drink too much? Do you feel like alcohol has created problems in your life? Do you realize that alcohol is only harming yourself? If you answer yes to any of these questions, you need to prepare for quitting drinking.

Alcoholism cases have grown along with the number of burdens and worries we place on ourselves from every day life. People often try to escape these modern stresses and pressures at the bottom of a bottle never knowing that alcohol will not only make any of their current problems better, but will only create new issues for their personal life or in the workplace. Alcoholism has become one of the fastest growing diseases facing our society today.

Just the action of deciding to work towards removing alcohol from your life can have a positive effect on yourself and those around you. As you quit drinking, you will notice a better relationship with your family and friends. Your current state of health will improve and your future health will be dramatically changed for the better.

You will begin to feel and actually be more productive in all aspects of your life and enjoy the things you are doing more. Alcohol doesn‚??t make up for all of the things you feel like you might be missing in life; it only guarantees you will never have them.

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August 16, 2008

Alcoholics Anonymous – Always There

Breath TestThe first signs of alcoholism are the need for regular daily consumptions, always drinking larger quantities and the beginning of memory lapses. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, then the bad news is that you are on the road to alcoholism.

The good news is that it is curable with just good old will power and that even the worst case have managed. Will power on your own isn’t always so easy, so the second step is to join a self help group like Alcoholics Anonymous, which will help you along.

Alcoholics Anonymous is an organization consisting of people who currently are or have been Alcoholics. These people have the experience of knowing what life means as an alcoholic and how difficult it is to admit to it and eventually stop. The consequences of being an alcoholic could mean loosing your job or even your partner, and these people will be able to guide you through all of these problems and show you the dry way out.

The other positive thing about Alcoholics Anonymous is that as its members have already been through what you are currently dealing with, nobody will look down on you, judge you or criticize you and they will give you strength. It really is the ideal venue for coming to terms with alcoholism and getting back on track.

Alcoholics Anonymous is a non profit making organization with no commercial interests whatsoever. No membership records are kept and should you not attend a meeting, no one will question you. You are in effect free to come and go as you wish.

A common fear among newcomers is that they will come face to face with a close friend, family member or someone from work and that the cat will be let out of the bag. This will never be the case as all members are suffering the same hardships and the common feeling of brotherhood will always protect you from anyone from outside the organization finding out about your condition.

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August 9, 2008

Is Alcohol Worth It??

BrokenStudies have linked chemical changes in the brain to the consumption of alcohol. Alcohol increases feeling of depression by way of family problems, performance issues at work, and alcohol even effects memory and sexual performance that can led to frustration.

While alcohol can help us to forget our problems, it is only temporary. Alcohol may help us feel more relaxed and more confident in social situations, but again it is only temporary. Once the temporary fix is over, the problems and issues that perhaps even started the drinking in the first place are still there and many times are even worse.

Many people find an escape in alcohol or a way to help cope with the pressures in life without realizing the truth hidden at the bottom of the bottle. The real truth about alcohol is that it will develop into an addiction if it is allowed. You will become addicted to the way it makes you feel and soon your body too will become addicted to the way alcohol or the lack of alcohol has on it.

If you have fallen victim to the dangers and negative effects of alcohol you must first recognize alcohol as the problem. By admitting it exists, you can deal with the challenge of overcoming your addiction. Resources such as stopdrinkingadvice, an online blog are helpful in their support and guidance.

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August 6, 2008

Alcohol and Depression

Breath TestAlcohol is found today in many different settings. Many of our customs and events within our culture today incorporate alcohol at some level. While drinking occasionally in moderation poses very little threat, excessive drinking has increased dramatically over the last few years with drinkers not only drinking more, but starting at younger and younger ages.

What effects exactly does alcohol have on the brain? Alcohol, along with other drugs like tranquillizers act directly as depressants on the brain. Since these drugs slow the brain down, they are needed in higher levels to produce the same results.

In essence, the brain builds a tolerance to alcohol and alcohol effects are reduced. The cycle of alcoholism begins as the individual is forced to drink more to get to original effects alcohol once had on their mind and body and the need for alcohol only grows.

Alcohol can also cause;-

1) Dementia ‚?? In which we loose our memory, similar to Alzheimer’s dementia.

2) Psychosis – You can begin to hear voices as you lose contact with reality.

3) Dependence ‚?? At this point quitting alcohol has both physical and mental withdrawal symptoms occur from sweating and shaking to nervousness and even hallucinating.

4) Suicide – About 40% of men who have attempted suicide have had an alcohol dependency related problem at some time. Almost 70% of suicide victims were drunk at the time they ended their lives.

Most certainly there is a connection between depression and alcohol. Self destructive behaviors of both mental and physical nature are common among people who are dependent on alcohol. These behaviors range from mood swings and irresponsibility to self affliction and suicide.

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