Alcoholism is an illness, let’s get that out of the way. It is a chronic brain disease that makes you crave alcohol beyond reason and can have a very negative impact on your life.
For recovering alcoholic drinking is the one thing they should not do because even something as simple as a single beer can cause a huge alcohol relapse.
Many people say that they do just fine drinking again after recovery, but odds are those people were never true alcoholics, just people who had an alcohol dependency and worked through it. Overcoming addiction is not an easy task for those who truly are affected by it.
People who abused alcohol are often the type of people who binge drink. Binge drinking is widespread in today’s culture. So even if someone doesn’t drink every day if they drink heavily to the point of blacking out, then it is still an addiction. Many don’t see it that way especially young people because it is so ingrained in our culture.
Binge drinking can cause a lot of health issues not even including what you may do when you are so heavily intoxicated. People who binge drink tend to make reckless decisions like driving or continuing to drink beyond when they should quit.
That’s why it is not a good thing to be a heavy drinker. Drinking heavily can also increase alcohol tolerance which means you need more alcohol to get drunk and leads to even more drinking. This takes its toll on both your mind and your body.
If you choose to abstain from alcohol ultimately it can be a hard choice, but one that will change your life for the better.
The goal of rehab is to stop drinking completely and then stay sober for the rest of your life. Drinking again even sparingly can easily cause you to relapse and undo all the hard work you have done.
Is It Worth It?
No, drinking again is not worth the trouble that it can bring. Even if you just reward yourself with one drink for going a week without drinking that is not a good idea. You’re still addicted.
If you feel the desire to drink ask yourself these few important questions:
– Do the consequences that could happen outweigh the reward?
– If I drink can I trigger myself into addiction again?
– Will those I love to be disappointed in me?
– Is there a chance I would struggle to be sober again?
If any of these questions have a yes as the answer then don’t drink alcohol! You need to stay sober to best help yourself and those who care about you.
Abstinence vs. Controlled Drinking
Some people do believe that they can drink in moderation. That’s great for them. For yourself, you need to focus on the cold hard fact that if you were an alcoholic, then no amount of alcohol is ever safe for you to drink again. It can be far too easy to fall into old habits.
Know that you have done a fantastic thing by beating alcohol addiction and that you don’t need alcohol to feel fulfilled or to improve your life. You can have fun just knowing you are stronger and healthier than before.
There’s no need to feel left out because you can’t have a beer with the boys. You are so worth it, you’ve earned the right to be proud of your sobriety. Don’t give that all away.