Does One Big Thing Keep Getting In Your Way? Do you feel like–somewhere along your way through life–you may have lost control to alcohol? YOU’RE NOT ALONE!! So–Cut Yourself Some Slack, Give Yourself A Break.
We live in a time where the most dangerous drug(1) on the planet is socially accepted. Alcohol is the only drug that you have to justify Not taking. While the global health burden of alcohol is immense, it is nothing compared to the personal pain & suffering it causes.
|15.1 million adults ages 18 and older drink enough to be classified as having an Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD).|
Only 6.7% of those who have been diagnosed with an AUD in the last year have received treatment.3
In 2010, the estimated total cost of alcohol misuse in the US alone was $249.0 billion4
World wide, 5.9% of all global deaths were attributable to alcohol consumption. Globally, alcohol was the fifth leading risk factor for premature death and disability in 2010. Among people between the ages 15 and 49, it is number one.5
Alcohol kills more people every year than all other illegal & prescription drugs combined.
Do you ever ask yourself: “Am I An Alcoholic?” Ask yourself the following questions:
|IN THE PAST YEAR HAVE YOU:|
|Had times when you ended up drinking more, or longer, than you intended?|
|More than once wanted to cut down or stop drinking, or tried to, but couldn’t?|
|Spent a lot of time drinking? Or being sick or getting over other after effects?|
|Wanted a drink so badly you couldn’t think of anything|
|Found that drinking—or being sick from drinking—often interfered with taking care of your home or family? Or caused job troubles? Or school problems?|
|Continued to drink even though it was causing trouble with your family or friends?|
|Given up or cut back on activities that were important or interesting to you, or gave you pleasure, in order to drink?|
|More than once gotten into situations while or after drinking that increased your chances of getting hurt (such as driving, swimming, using machinery, walking in a dangerous area, or having unsafe sex)?|
|Continued to drink even thought it was making you feel depressed or anxious or adding to another health problem? Or after having had a memory blackout?|
|Had to drink much more than you once did to get the effect you want? Or found that your usual number of drinks had much less effect than before?|
|Found that when the effects of alcohol were wearing of, you had withdrawal symptoms, such as trouble sleeping, shakiness, restlessness, nausea, sweating, a racing heart, or a seizure? Or sensed things that were not there?|
How many of the symptoms from the table above apply to you?
The presence of at least 2 of these symptoms indicates an Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). The severity of the AUD is defined as:
Mild: The presence of 2 to 3 symptoms
Moderate: The presence of 4 to 5 symptoms
Severe: The presence of 6 or more symptoms
SO–How Did You Do? What’s The Answer To: Am I An Alcoholic?
|THE ANSWER IS NO. AND, NO ONE ELSE IS EITHER.|
Here’s why: medical and scientific organizations around the world have stopped using this label (more on that later). Instead we talk about someone having an Alcohol use Disorder (AUD). What does this mean?
You see, over time and through research, we’ve realized that alcohol isn’t an in or out, black or white problem. There are many, many shades of grey between that black and white.
Here’s a thought experiment: What if we set a strict limit for “alcoholism” and you drank just a half drink below the limit for 20 years? Does that mean you aren’t an alcoholic? Does that mean that none of the negative consequences that come from drinking too much won’t happen to you?
Of course not. And this is why AUDs are defined along a spectrum. You can have a mild AUD, a moderate AUD or a severe AUD – it’s individualized to you and your situation.
Hi, I’m Jim Shovlin. I’m a Registered Pharmacist with 42+ years experience. I owned & operated my own community pharmacy for 32+ years. For 30+ Years–I was “a normal drinker”. I rarely drank during the week, but almost always drank on weekends. (Doesn’t Everybody?) I worked a lot of hours, so drinking a lot wasn’t an option. I decided to “retire from the bench” but continued to own my store, just doing administrative duties. Then–somewhere along my way through life–Alcohol snuck in & took over!
How & Why? Because Alcohol is an Addictive Drug–addictive to All humans. For 8 or more years–I lost my control to alcohol. I tried “to moderate” & I tried to quit on my own. It took Years to take my control back. I studied alcohol (I Had To: Know Alcohol!), read several quit-lit books, and took an online course. It wasn’t easy!
One day–a friend suggested I read This Naked Mind, by Annie Grace. So–I read it–Twice! I kept drinking, but always read Sober. It worked–slowly at first–then, IDK–all of a sudden–I didn’t want to drink! I couldn’t see a reason.
I stopped drinking in June 2018!! After being on my A.F. journey for about 1+½ Years–I wanted to help others (“give back”) I didn’t want anyone else to suffer or feel like I once did. I wanted to help others find their way to this awesome A.F. Life. An Opportunity opened for me to become a This Naked Mind Certified Coach–So I Took It & Became A Certified Coach!
I now use my experience to help others find their way. I’ve been where they (You) are–I know the way.
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