Some people drink in order to numb and run away from pain. This can be a vicious cycle that is not healthy emotionally or physically. These people may go from one hangover of sadness to the next. Before it goes over the edge into something more serious like alcoholism, you need to get out of this habit of drowning everything out. This will require you to stop your emotional drinking habits.
How-to Stop Emotional Drinking Habits: Changing Course
Get to the Cause
Emotional drinkers use alcohol to run away from the emotions they do not know how to cope with or do not want to feel. These are oftentimes sadness, grief, loneliness, fear and low self-worth. They choose to literally drown their sorrows with alcohol. Some people turn to binge drinking to deal with emotions. Oftentimes, low self-esteem is a major player in an emotional drinker’s life. They may have even lost their faith in themselves.
A healthier way to handle unpleasant emotions is to go and talk to someone. A trusted-friend, therapist of a councilor are a good start. They can help you work through these emotions and get to the root cause of these feelings. Unfortunately, instead of helping your sorrows go away, drinking actually drowns your positivity instead. However, a professional or someone you trust can help you work through your feelings and why you can not cope with difficult emotions. Try and analyze and observe your emotions. Once you start to observe them, your emotions do not have as much power over you.
Oftentimes, emotional drinkers are high-functioning people with a family and a job. No one would consider them alcoholic. However, emotional drinking can lead to alcoholism if left uncontrolled. There are several warning signs that this has happened. For example, you use alcohol as a way to deal with life or you avoid social situations that don’t involve alcohol. Also, you may start to drink in secret. This will help you to hide how much you are actually drinking. Additionally. you may not be able to even sleep without alcohol.
None of these signs are healthy or positive. If you are unable to get control of your emotional drinking habits, and are progressing towards addiction, you need to talk to someone. There are many people and organizations who are willing to help you.