The False Association Between Alcohol and Relaxation

Willow Place on April 18, 2017
The False Association Between Alcohol and Relaxation

Alcohol is widely accepted in society. It is used at almost every social event and often as an excuse to get friends together. The link between alcohol and relaxation has become so widely tolerated that many people go home and “drink to relax” on a nightly basis. Sure, some people may be able to have a single glass of wine once in a while to chill out. Many people indulge more than that, on varying levels. And the result is anything but relaxing.

The Truth About Alcohol and Relaxation

Some people can handle their alcohol and stick to a healthy limit of intake. Healthy alcohol intake means no more than one drink per day for women, and no more than two per day for men. Anything above that is considered excessive and can lead to health problems.

Generations and generations have been known to indulge in an after-work cocktail, hence the “it’s five o’clock somewhere” saying that many people use (and abuse) when they want a drink earlier in the day. It is also normal for work colleagues to get together for a few drinks after work to unwind for the day and socialize. If you take a look at the dating world, meeting up for a drink is an extremely common first date. Alcohol is everywhere, and people definitely use it as a crutch to relax.

The problem with using alcohol to relax is that alcohol consumption can quickly get out of hand. Drinkers often drift away from having the occasional drink and start drinking daily, and feeling agitated if they don’t. Instead of feeling relaxed, they feel on-edge, tense, and irritable without a drink. This can happen even if a person drinks a small amount regularly, because their body and mind gets used to the ritual of coming home and having a drink.

Alcohol Can Be Detrimental To Relaxation

Alcohol and relaxation are often linked, but in truth alcohol can be a large contributor to anxiety. One of the primary symptoms of a hangover is anxiety, and anxiety-like symptoms. Eventually, these symptoms can be bad enough that they cause someone to have another drink, and a vicious cycle is born. Those who suffer from anxiety can easily become alcoholics before they even know what happened.

People who have or are predisposed to any anxiety disorder need to be extremely cautious when it comes to alcohol. Many people who develop alcoholism also have some form of anxiety. People with anxiety abuse alcohol as a way to self-medicate, which is enormously detrimental. When people with any mood disorder drink, especially heavily, they will actually make their mood disorder much worse.

Alcohol is Harmful

Alcohol use also contributes to things like weight gain, laziness, skipping work, and strained relationships. In other words, it affects your well-being as a whole. As a result, people feel worthless, self-loathing, and unhappy from drinking too much. They may start to turn to alcohol as the only way to relax, which is a huge problem.

Alcohol should never be on the forefront of the mind. If a person needs alcohol in order to relax, it signifies an issue. Because alcohol is so widely accepted, it is easy for alcoholism to mask itself in the form of casual drinking. Eventually, this will catch up and the person will start to see other important parts of their life suffer.

Alcohol and relaxation go together in many people’s eyes like having orange juice with breakfast. However, it’s important to find different ways to relax. It becomes a problem when every event is centered on drinking. People in this situation may even feel the need to drink before everyday tasks just to calm their nerves. This isn’t healthy and requires abstinence, or the alcohol-induced anxiety will only continue to get worse.

Alcohol and relaxation and alcohol abuse is a very fine line. Some people can handle it and other people cannot. Those who cannot run a serious risk of becoming dependent on alcohol, which can cause a number of health issues. Drinking should never be the first resort for relaxation. Instead, it is important to find healthy hobbies like reading or exercising to relax your mind in a healthy way!

If you’re struggling to stop drinking, call Willow Place for Women today at 1-888-651-4212 for information about our alcohol treatment program.

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