When someone suffers from a substance use disorder and a psychiatric disorder (such as depression, anxiety disorder, PTSD, schizophrenia, OCD, or a personality disorder), the conditions are considered co-occurring because they are occurring at the same time.
A study recently published in the journal Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research found that binge drinking by women over 60 in the U.S. has increased considerably in recent years.
A high-functioning alcoholic may be able to work, socialize and participate in activities without being hindered by their drinking. Some individuals may even seem to be sober and are top achievers and dedicated workers. Even though this presentation of substance use disorder shows up in someone who functions well in society, they still have a substance use disorder and face all the risks associated with excessive or prolonged alcohol consumption. Learning more about this type of substance use disorder can help you recognize the signs in yourself or others and take the first step towards getting them help.
Is there a connection between being a workaholic and having an alcohol use disorder? There could be, according to a recent study, which showed a correlation between working too many hours and drinking. In fact, those who voluntarily worked 5 or more hours of overtime a week were almost three times more likely to struggle with alcohol than their less work focused peers.
Once you've made the decision to cut back on your drinking, or quit altogether, it's a good idea to share this decision with those closest to you.
Have you noticed that you're drinking more than you used to? Or at least more regularly? Is alcohol impacting your work, home or social life? Has someone commented on your drinking, even if it was a joke? Are you reaching for a drink because you're bored, stressed, or it's just sitting in your fridge? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may have an addiction to alcohol and it's time to evaluate your drinking. A quick way to assess your drinking patterns is to track your alcohol consumption with a logbook.
You're on your road to recovery. You've spent time in an alcohol addiction treatment program and you've done the work to be on a path to a healthier, alcohol free life. Winter has been dragging you down, but the weather has finally changed, and you're in a good place as you look forward to spring. But now is not the time to relax too much, let your guard down, and have "just one drink" at Easter dinner.
Many people think that alcoholism and alcohol addiction are characterized by drinking heavily to the point of intoxication several times a week. It often comes as a surprise to learn that “healthy drinking” is defined as drinking no more than 2 drinks per day for men and just 1 drink per day for women and if you are exceeding that limit, you may have a drinking problem. Although you may not feel that a drink or two after work is a problem, consistently drinking this much, or more, can be an indication that you have a drinking problem and should speak to a doctor or health professional.
Have you had “the talk” with your kids yet? No, not the birds and the bees talk. The other one…about underage drinking. Most parents will tell you that talking to their kids about underage drinking or drug use is a difficult discussion to approach. Yet research continuously shows that parents have the greatest influence on teenage behavior.
Join us Friday March 31st, 2017 and experience Aquila Recovery’s Creativity, Mindfulness and Recovery Art Exhibit.