Enjoying alcohol vs alcoholism – how to recognise the signs

Enjoying alcohol vs alcoholism – how to recognise the signs

With the nature of 2020 encouraging more and more people to drink, we feel it is our responsibility as a company to ensure that our customers are enjoying our products whilst being safe and responsible. The statistics have become increasingly concerning, with lockdown causing ‘high-risk drinking’ to double throughout the UK. [https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/alcoholism-alcohol-abuse-funding-drugs-addiction-coronavirus-lockdown-b445410.html]

Don’t get us wrong – we hope that our CBD-infused beverages can help people to feel more comfortable and relaxed during such troubled times. However, we also feel it is important to educate our customers on the importance of safe drinking, as well as showing them how to recognise the signs of alcoholism, or high-risk drinking.

Alcoholism vs casual drinking

We’re all aware of the stereotypes, but believe it or not, the signs of alcoholism don’t often fall within these assumed categories. Particularly during the Coronavirus pandemic, many people have found themselves relying on alcohol without even realising that this is the case. The difference between casual drinking and alcoholism is quite simple – are you enjoying a few drinks with your household, or a drink with dinner? Or are you feeling entirely dependent on your alcohol intake? If you adopt a pattern of excessively drinking despite noticing negative consequences, this is now deemed to be alcohol abuse.

The warning signs

As we mentioned above, alcoholism can creep up on someone without them noticing, especially during particularly trying or stressful times. If you are noticing any of the warning signs listed below, you may have developed an alcohol addiction:

-Alcohol cravings

-Prioritising drinking over other responsibilities

-Losing interest in activities that you used to find enjoyable

-Drinking in secret or alone

-Experiencing withdrawal symptoms from not drinking alcohol

-Irritability or mood swings

-Feeling guilty for drinking alcohol

-Drinking first thing in the morning or at other inappropriate times

-Continuing to drink despite the negative consequences on your health, family, finances, and more

-Feeling unable to stop consuming alcohol

[https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/alcohol-abuse/faq/am-i-an-alcoholic/]

It’s important to understand that these feelings are not uncommon – many people battle with the effects of alcoholism on a daily basis, and currently, many others throughout the country are struggling with the same issue.

Getting help

Recognising the above signs and realising that you may have a problem is the first step to recovery – and usually the hardest. Talking to a GP is often a good first step, and they can also advice longer-term support methods if this is needed. You can check out the Alcohol Support section of the NHS website for further guidance [https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/alcohol-support/]

 

From the team at Cannabrew, we hope our customers are staying safe and enjoying our products with care! For more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

– Kind regards Tiegan, Elliot and the cannabrew team