Holidays are occasions for fun and celebration as we celebrate faith, family, and friendships. A combination of good cheer and abundant alcohol can take the fun too far. With the holiday party season in full swing, even people who consider themselves to be “social drinkers” can go overboard.
The holiday season accounts for some of the highest incidents of binge drinking. It’s no surprise with no shortage of food, drink, and good cheer to go around that moderation is rarely taken seriously. There is the idea that being more responsible with food and alcohol consumption in January will make up for any excesses during the holiday season, so people tend to eat and drink more.
The scary thing about alcohol and the holidays is we go overboard without even realizing it. To help you avoid the dangers and consequences of binge drinking this holiday season, here are five common signs of alcohol abuse:
- Using alcohol as an emotional crutch
- Not realizing you went overboard until it’s too late
- Not being able to stop once you start
- Letting responsibilities slide
- Being uncomfortable in alcohol-free situations
There’s nothing wrong with having a drink at a holiday celebration. Just be aware of how much you’re drinking. If you can’t get through the holidays without a drink in your hand, it may be time to talk to a loved one or professional.
For some great tips on safely hosting a party where alcohol is present, click here.