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Why do people drink alcoholic beverages?
There are almost as many reasons for people drinking as there are people.
Alcohol, used in moderation, is one of life's simple pleasures. Alcohol, in
various forms, has been with us since the beginning of recorded history. In
general, we can classify the reasons for drinking into two broad
Positive reasons for drinking alcoholic beverages include:
Negative reasons for drinking alcoholic beverages include:
significant occasions with friends or loved ones. Drinking on
holidays, at weddings, and other significant occasions is commonplace. Drinking
can be said to "liven up" the occasion" – it lowers inhibitions and adds
generally to the spirit of the occasion.
- Enhancing enjoyment of social activities and relaxation. Most social
settings are enhanced by the presence of alcohol. It can add to a person's
relaxation, and encourage conversation.
- Complementing certain meals. A good meal can be complemented by a good wine,
and a before- or after- dinner drink.
- Participating in religious ceremonies. Many religious ceremonies incorporate
the use of certain alcoholic beverages – usually wine.
- Enjoying the taste as a beverage of choice. Who can take exception to a cold
beer on a hot day? Or pina colada while relaxing on a Hawaiian beach?
Reasons that an alcoholic has for drinking:
from tension or worries. Although alcohol may temporarily relieve
stress, it does not remove the cause of the
stress. Constant drinking for this
kind of reason can lead to problems with the alcohol itself.
- Blocking out painful feelings such as fear, loneliness, and self-doubt.
- Attempting to relate better to people. Although alcohol can temporarily
lower inhibitions, it is not a permanent solution to lack of confidence or
- As a substitute for meaningful relationships with people.
- Finding courage or strength to face certain situations. Use of alcohol to
build courage, or stimulate one's resolve, may often have the contrary effect.
An alcoholic does not need a reason to drink. He has a compulsion to drink.
Furthermore, if he has been an alcoholic for a while, his tolerance for alcohol
is such that he must drink increasingly larger amounts. Even then he may not be
What about Cutting Down?
First of all, if you're an alcoholic, you CANNOT cut down. You have only two
choices: keep drinking or quit all together.
However, if you feel that you are drinking a little more than you should here
are some tips for that may help you reduce your intake.
- If you're going on a night out, don't drink before you go and leave a bit
later so you're first drink is quite late.
- Try and have a big meal as you will feel less like drinking and won't be
able to drink so much.
- Designate certain days of the week as 'alcohol free'
- Tell people you're cutting down and try avoid buying rounds
- When you're out, vary your drinks between alcoholic and non-alcoholic, as
this will slow down your drinking and reduce the amount of alcohol.
- When drinking at home use smaller glasses or get a proper measurer, to stop
- Start drinking a drink with less alcohol in it, I.e., less than what you
regularly drink, or have a long drink if you usually have shorts i.e. beer not
- Don't go for a quick drink or the famous 'just one." OR, if you do have a
drink, make it a soft drink
- If you feel that your social life is in the pub or at a club try varying
where you go out. Try the movies or stay in an watch TV
If you think a you need a drink to relax. Try some exercise or other relaxation
techniques like yoga and Tai Chi.
- Playing more sport will make you wanna drink less alcohol
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