The Alcohol Mindset

Understanding the Alcohol Mindset

Ask any person with an addiction problem whether it be drugs or alcohol, and they’ll tell you that alcohol is the hardest form of addiction to deal with. But you are NOT powerless, it just takes support and a willingness to succeed. It has nothing to do with religion, it’s about willpower and determination. Having said that, not all people who have an alcohol problem, have an addiction issue too. There are several support groups out there, and some people I know have been put off by the “Alcoholic Anonymous” approach. But, having said that I fully understand that if a person finds this approach helpful, then that can only be a good thing, as a lot of people have found a life of total sobriety using this method of recovery. If on the other hand you are put off by this spiritualist approach, don’t give up, there are other options available to you. Another thing I want to try and get across is the definition of two widely used words these days called, “Binge Drinking”, and an alcohol “Bender”. Sometimes the term "binge drinking" is confused with "bender". Some people believe that warnings against binge drinking are warning against going on multiple day bout of intoxication, but that is not what binge drinking is all about. Binge drinking is drinking five or more drinks in any one drinking session for both men, and women alike, It’s the Friday night culture mindset thing, that takes place in nearly every town and city in the country, I’m going out tonight and I’m going to get totally off my face” , or “I’m getting completely bladdered tonight” . Harmful drinking can occur long before it reaches the level of a bender. While going on a bender might be considered self-destructive behaviour, simply drinking five beers or a bottle of wine in one day is considered hazardous drinking. An alcohol bender is a multiple-day drinking spree during which the person does not eat and gets very little sleep. If you're on a bender, you might pass out for a short time, wake up and start drinking again. A bender does not refer to one evening of intoxication. It refers to a drinking spree that is extended for at least two or more days. Sadly for years we’ve always laughed at people and alcohol abuse. We just seem to laugh it off. Alcohol abuse is no laughing matter and can have serious and often fatal consequences. Visit any A&E hospital department on a Friday or Saturday night and see the harm people do to themselves, and to others. (I do believe the train sequence in this video to be fake, but it does illustrate the point pretty well)
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