I know it’s easier said than done, but a new study further supports the notion that turning to alcohol in order to deal with negative emotions can be risky business. “Oh really?” you say sarcastically… Well a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry titled “Using alcohol to self-medicate increases addiction risk” confirms what we already know…that drinking in order to self-medicate increases the risk of addiction.
So if you are used to drinking because you feel sad, anxious, lonely, angry, etc….or if you are stuck in a negative situation and you continue to drink in order to tolerate it, maybe now is the time to seriously consider making some changes.
Take a good look at your life and begin to analyze some areas that need drastic improvement…and start to create a plan to change those things instead of continuing to turn to the bottle.
- Start by focusing on YOU and becoming the ideal person you’ve always wanted to be.
- Kick off a new exercise routine and set some fitness goals.
- Find a new hobby or join a new group – online or in person.
- Where are you financially? – Is it time for you to get a job? Or a NEW job? Or maybe even pursue that career that you’ve put on hold and keep putting off because you’re drinking everyday?
- How are your relationships? Have you been drinking to tolerate something that finally just has to change? Or maybe you’ve been isolating and it’s time to reach out a bit.
These are just a few possible examples, but take some time a figure out your own issues and solutions. And don’t waste anymore of your life with your head in a bottle. Life is short! Get out there and start living!