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How to know if you have a drinking problem

Taking one or two glass(es) of drink wouldn’t hurt. But when it becomes over-indulgence, we need to be concerned. Dr. Bosco Rowland, a psychologist from the Deakin University, Australia explains signs we should look out for that shows you’ve been drinking too much.

Alcohol consumption is a legal and common way many societies stimulate social interaction When consumed at high levels, it can undermine physical health and cause cancers. Indulging in alcohol is related with long and short term consequences.

While long term health results in diseases like cirrhosis of the liver, stroke, high blood pressure and more than 60 cancers, shot term hazards include fatalities, physical injury or road accidents.  It’s advised not to drink more than two standard drinks on any one day. It’s necessary to know the drinking limits so that we’re not drinking too much for our health and safety of others.

Short term risky drinking is associated with intoxication. When intoxicated, there’s reduced co-ordination and decreased alertness. Symptoms like slurred speech, boisterous or aggressive behaviour, inappropriate sexual activities and difficulty concentrating comes from being intoxicated.

Pregnant women are advised to avoid alcohol because of its likelihood of passing through the placenta into the embryo. This may have effect on the brain and other development of the child. It is also recommended that children under 18 should avoid alcohol consumption. It increases the risk of numerous poor developmental and social outcomes.

For adults, a good way to cut down on your drinking is to start ensuring you’re having at least one to two alcohol free days. If you at all you want to, it’s advised you have no more than two standard drinks a day. Avoid consumption during weekdays.

Be disciplined and be more open about not drinking for health and well-being reasons. One should also ensure that our children shouldn’t consume alcohol before age 18. It’s the safest way of taking advantage of their health and human capabilities.


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