Alcohol consumption is a pretty common occurrence in today’s society. Of course, many people enjoy the occasional glass of wine or beer now and then, but how much is too much?

Drinking alcohol too often can lead to serious health problems such as liver damage, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Additionally, drinking too much alcohol can impact your brain and lead to serious psychological problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, hallucinations, and even dementia. Here’s everything you need to know about how alcohol affects the body and a few tips to help you slow down.

How Much is Too Much?

Everyone’s bodies react differently to alcohol, depending on the person’s weight, age, sex, and genetics. Additionally, many different factors impact how quickly your body absorbs alcohol, such as the type of beverage and whether or not you are drinking on an empty stomach.

This means that there is no real way to calculate exactly how much is too much for your body, so the only way to know if you’ve reached a dangerous level of consumption is by measuring how often you drink and how much you typically drink when you do drink.

Why is it Dangerous to Drink Too Much Alcohol?

Every time you have a drink, your body absorbs some amount of alcohol. The more you drink and the faster your body absorbs the alcohol, the higher your blood alcohol content (BAC) will be. When your BAC approaches or surpasses 0.08%, you will become legally impaired in the United States.

Alcohol consumption is dangerous because it impairs your mind and body in several ways:

* A higher BAC means that brain cells are more vulnerable to oxygen deprivation, which can lead to serious long-term damage or death.

* Alcohol depresses the central nervous system, which slow reaction time, impairs decision making, and interferes with your body’s natural balance.

* Alcohol is a diuretic which means that it encourages dehydration. This can lead to fatigue, dizziness, and fainting after just a few drinks.

* Heavy drinking can also interfere with breathing by slowing breathing and heart rate.

Tips to Reduce Alcohol Consumption

Now that we’ve covered how alcohol affects the body let’s look at some ways to moderate your consumption and reduce the risks.

Talk to A Professional 

If you drink frequently, now is a good time to talk with a professional about your drinking habits. First, find out if any underlying health issues are causing you to drink too much and determine if it is a chemical or emotional addiction. If you are not sure, a trained professional at Sober on Demand can help you decipher that and treat both the chemical and the emotional side of the addictions.

With confidential online or phone calls, we can easily help you navigate the waters of alcohol consumption and help you cut back or quick drinking. We offer remote and onsite help.

Create Limits  

While it may seem impossible at first, you should avoid purchasing alcohol and plan to be home long before you begin to feel the effects of your drinking. If you need help with creating limits, consider discussing these tips with a counselor or friend who can assist you with setting healthy boundaries.

Apart from this, you should always have control over the amount of alcohol you consume. For example, consider buying a set amount at each trip to the store and putting the rest away immediately after purchasing it.

Most people underestimate how many drinks they consume in one sitting, so be sure to write down your drinks or use an app such as Drink Control to track your consumption. This will help you to control your drinking in the long run.

Avoid Drinking Alone 

Alcohol is a social lubricant, which means that it can make it easier for people to feel comfortable around and open up. However, this can also lead to overdoing it on occasion without close friends and family support.

You should avoid drinking alone, particularly if you struggle with control issues. However, if you find that you regularly consume too much alcohol when you drink by yourself, consider sharing an activity with a friend or family member instead.

Take a look at your alcohol intake

There are many reasons why it is important to control your consumption of alcohol. While this may seem like a difficult task, you can control your habits by talking with your physician about any underlying health issues and setting clear limits for yourself.

Drinking too much alcohol is dangerous, but you can control how often and when you drink to stay safe. Get in touch with your physician if you feel that your alcohol control habits are causing problems in other areas of your life or if you need more information on how to control your drinking.

If you or a loved one needs help to limit their consumption of alcohol, we can help you!  Please call the elite team at Sober on Demand or The Addictions Coach today!  1.800.706.0318 ext 2