Friday, 18 July 2014

How to Tell if You Drink Too Much?

 This Fun Friday Fact is a bit of tough love I'm afraid.

How do you tell if you drink too much? There are so many variables to consider it is very difficult.
How much is too much?
Can it be too much if it is less than your partner/friend/ colleague or Doctor drinks?
Can it be too much if you suffer no hangover the next day?
Can it be too much if it's only in the evening/in the pub/in the house/ or on a special occasion?

The sobering thought is that yes, these statements  and many more can all be true. In the lead up to stopping drinking we will all have wondered if we do actually drink too much. A lot perhaps, but too much? That's something different. We may have asked other people, we may have read information on the internet, we may have gone to an AA meeting and seen others more severely affected and been falsely reassured.

The fact is that normal drinkers do not think about their drinking. It is no big deal for them. They have one or two, stop when they reach their limits and don't over do it. It's the same way that naturally thin friends often do not know how much they weigh.

I am sorry to break the news that if you have gone as far as to find this blog, read it after realising it is a sober blog and are still reading this article here, you most likely do drink too much. I can also say from personal experience and the benefit of hindsight that you almost certainly know you drink too much but are reluctant to believe it, knowing what it may mean for your future.

Advice is something we ask for when we know the answer, but wish we didn't. Erica Jong.

Knowledge is power and if you now know and accept you drink too much, you are in a much better position to start addressing it.

Baby steps remember.

Have a great sober weekend.



  1. Love that saying by Erica Jong, how very true.

    And, yes - here I am. I found you because I have a problem. So glad I did (find you that is!) xx

  2. Yes, she has some amazing quotes.

  3. Total acceptance of your alcoholism will eventually lead you to taking baby steps towards sobriety. There are people who can give you useful advice on your journey, and there's no harm in heeding their thoughts. What's important is the presence of a professional to help you and guide you along the way. Thanks for sharing those awakening thoughts, Rachel! :D

    Donnie Benson @ Midwest Institute for Addiction

    1. Hi Donnie, thanks for dropping by. Yep, an open mind to help from all areas is valuable. R


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