Many people are drinking too much and do not even realise it. The NHS in England and Wales recommend that you consume no more than fourteen units of alcohol per week[i]. Unfortunately, most people do not keep track of how many units of alcohol they drink per week. Keeping an accurate record is impossible, given that most of us do not know how many units one pint or one glass of wine truly is.
According to alcohol charities, roughly 18% of all alcoholics in Britain recognise they have a problem and seek help for it. That means that less than one-fifth of all people who have an alcohol addiction seek help. There are thousands of us out there with alcohol issues who have an addiction or do not realise that they have a problem. If left unchecked, alcoholism can kill you.
Here are some ways to tell if you are drinking too much, so you can avoid that fate.
Are you drinking too much? Ask yourself the following questions and if the answer is yes, then you may need to get some help. Seek out a rehab clinic near you or contact Verve Health for more information on how you can recover before you develop a drinking problem.
One of the first signs you will get that you are drinking too much will come from the people who love you most. They are the ones who witness how much you drink and what it does to you first hand. If your loved ones approach you and tell you that they are concerned about the amount you are drinking, then you most definitely have an alcohol problem. Seek help before it becomes much worse.
If you find yourself short of rent or bill money every month, then you might want to consider reaching out for help. Those who are not addicted to alcohol do not spend large quantities of their wage on it. They might buy one or two bottles of wine a week. People who are not addicted to alcohol can go full weeks without drinking any of it. If you cannot, then you may have a problem.
If we are hiding how much we drink from the people that love us, that means that we are ashamed of how much we are drinking and there is only really one reason anyone would be ashamed of how much they were drinking. That is if they were drinking too much. When you think about this one logically, if you are ashamed then you have something to hide. If you have something to hide, then you should think about rehab. A short seven day detox and rehab stint would help you take care of your brewing alcohol problem before it gets any worse.
Regardless of where you are on your path towards not drinking, it is never too late to reach out for help. See your GP or check into rehab clinic near you. But whatever you do, curb your drinking before it gets out of control.