April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a good time to reflect on drinking habits and, if needed, to discover the help available to make a change.
Unhealthy drinking is prevalent in the United States, and a national survey found that heavy drinking increased during the pandemic by 21%. It’s a serious issue: the CDC credits excessive alcohol use for 1 in 10 deaths among working adults. Alcohol use is linked to everything from violence, risky behavior, and insomnia to cancer, liver disease, and stroke.
Is It Time to Rethink Your Relationship with Alcohol?
Is alcohol a problem in your life? Last April, we posted ten questions to help determine if you have a drinking problem. Does drinking impact your finances? When you aren’t drinking, do you feel anxious, restless, or fixated on the next drink? Are you experiencing more conflict in relationships or lying about drinking? Are you tired of being sleepy or depressed? Are you worried about injury, high blood pressure, blood sugar…but finding it hard to drink less?
If these questions resonate or cause discomfort, it may be time to seek treatment. The good news? Treatment has come a long way, with many options available.
Treatment Leads to Success
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reports that around 1/3 of people treated for alcohol problems have no symptoms a year later, while several others successfully experience fewer alcohol-related issues by lowering their intake.
Gone are the days of simply quitting “cold turkey.” In fact, quitting abruptly can be dangerous for some people, and we now know detoxing is often more successful with assistance tailored to individual goals.
Are you ready to change your relationship with alcohol? Professionals at Mahajan Therapeutics are here to help find a strategy that works for you. Contact us today.