Alcohol and Drugs
When someone starts out drinking, he or she feels relaxed, confident, happy, sociable… The pleasurable effects of alcohol are undeniable. It makes it easy to forget about the negative effects: slowed reflexes, reduced coordination, warped thinking, poor judgement, impaired memory, impaired motor functions, and plenty more impairments.
These negative effects occur every single time one drinks, even a single beer. The more one drinks, the stronger these negative effects. (Those pleasurable effects will begin to fade quickly). Over time, the body becomes damaged from drinking… more damaged than you probably know. In fact, alcohol can cause several types of cancer.
WHAT CAUSES PEOPLE TO DRINK
People drink alcohol for many reasons. But why do they start drinking at all? Here we examine the top 10 reasons why people start drinking, and ask that you leave your own reasons or responses below. If you think that you might have a problem with drinking, check out our alcoholism and drinking problem evaluation questions so that you can gauge what is normal
IMPROVING YOUR ABILITY TO STOP DRINKING
It is not always necessary to stop drinking completely if you have problems with alcohol. There are individuals who once drank heavily who have learned to drink in moderation. This is more dif cult than giving up completely. It’s hard work and takes determination to learn controlled drinking if your drinking has been out of control. There are times when small amounts of alcohol will be damaging or dangerous, such as: