Ask a Therapist: How Do I Know If My Drinking Is a Problem?

Wishing you strength and luck in the days and weeks ahead. • I’ve made a conscious effort to not “screw over Tomorrow Gil”. What I mean by that is, if “Today Gil” doesn’t drink, then “Tomorrow Gil” won’t have a hangover, get a DUI, be fat, etc.

Can you drink a lot and not be an alcoholic?

“This study shows that, contrary to popular opinion, most people who drink too much are not alcohol dependent or alcoholics,” said Robert Brewer, M.D., M.S.P.H., Alcohol Program Lead at CDC and one of the report's authors.

And when the vegetables show up, she suddenly has a ton of mushrooms. And she has to figure out what to do with them, or fruits that she had never discovered. And that too is an exercise in creativity.

Strategy #3: Embrace the Boredom

But Pinterest for me is a great tool to learn and to dream. I like gardening and had a big 2020 plot of land that was just weeds and nothing else. And I turned it into a raised garden bed with beautiful salt and pepper stones in between them. I posted incredible pictures on my Pinterest board about beautiful vegetable gardens and flower gardens. I went to the garden store and I bought the seeds and the plants. I ordered the cedar raised beds from the gardeners supply company, I planted dahlias and then took pictures of them when they grew and gave myself bouquets of fresh flowers. I planted cherry tomatoes and ate them right off the vine.

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You sleep a lot and you feel a little down your body and your mind and your emotions are adjusting to life without alcohol. But it will lift little by little and new interests and joy will come into the picture.

Drinking Out of Boredom

We may believe that people like us more when we drink—that we are funnier, wittier, and more charming after a few cocktails. In almost all cases, this story we tell ourselves is far from reality. Once you become sober, you may begin to observe this phenomenon in those around you that continue to drink. Alcohol may give you a false sense of confidence, but it also slows down thinking, slurs speech, and lowers inhibitions, often leading to socially unacceptable behavior. And yes, even your dancing becomes worse under the influence of alcohol, although it may feel like you are working some of your best moves.

  • Vodanovich S.J., Kass S.J. A factor analytic study of the boredom proneness scale.
  • Many people are using alcohol to cope with the stress of everyday life right now.
  • Look at the photography tours, look at where to bike.
  • This consistent connection will help foster healthy relationships in recovery with people who can support you and what you’re going through in the present moment.
  • While I’m happy I never tried heroin, I’m worried that this same effect might apply to some degree with booze.

And by the way, I did a podcast interview just with Amanda and Jardine about their drinking because of boredom, and you can go back and listen to that if you’re interested. You need to figure out the cheese and crackers sitting in your favorite chair and reading a book. Because you had a glass of wine next to you? Or is it just fun and fulfilling and it makes you happy without the wine? And you will never know that if you don’t try. And every day, you are navigating your entire life.

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At any point during recovery, you may struggle with finding enjoyment or sober fun, which can lead to thinking that boredom is inescapable. Or, after attempting to recapture the excitement and interest of activities that were previously pleasurable only to find them no longer appealing, it’s natural to become disappointed. These experiences can be discouraging and threaten your recovery goals.