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Is Your Addiction To Alcohol Stressing You Out

Updated on August 12, 2013

Stress in Life

Every person in the world has some sort of stress in their lives, but if you have an addiction to alcohol "is your addiction to alcohol stressing you out?"

You may think you are fine and have no stress in your life because the alcohol you consume is making you relaxed and numb to all around you. So many people, including myself go to alcohol to relieve their stress of everyday life. Many of us think that by drinking alcohol anything that may be wrong in your life will simply disappear. Do you believe that is true or do you think I am wrong?

I don't think I am wrong due to the fact that this theory was my own back when I drank alcohol. This theory about drinking alcohol fixes all and makes thing disappear is totally incorrect. Sure, alcohol helps relax you and you tend to say I don't care about what happens and whatever it is will go away until you start to sober up hours later or possibly the next day. Guess what though, there is the stress again the next day and the same problem exist and why you started to drink alcohol in the first place.

These problems will never get resolved by tilting the bottle. It sound like a great idea in the beginning, but it doesn't wash any of your life's problems away. The problems and stress that you may have can only be solved or corrected thinking clearly and being sober.

Before You Pick up a Drink Due to Stress

Before you pickup a drink to ease your stress, think what else you can do to make your stress leave your life. Trying some deep breathing exercises or taking a brisk walk to get some of the stress out of your body. This will certainly help more instead of drinking alcohol.

I can tell you from my own experience of trying to wash the stress away with alcohol. It doesn't work at all, believe me. Over the past two years I have gone through some really tough times that many may not even know. I quit drinking in October of 2009 and I must say, I think God put me through some real life test to see if I was able to stay sober even though I had so much stress in my life, which I will not go in to right now, but it was shocking and really tough.

Guess what though. I never once touched the bottle for many different reasons and the main one was that I made a promise to myself in 2009 that no matter what happens in my life, whether being bad or good I would never touch alcohol again. I am a man of my word and would never break a promise to anyone and especially to myself. So, I remained sober with the stress grinding me to the ground and still never drank a drop. My demons told me, " go ahead, have a drink, it will calm you down and relieve the stress you are having."

I laughed and smiled, and said NO WAY will I break a promise to myself.

You have to just think before you start to drink and see if there is another way to solve your problems that are causing to have stress in your life. That is exactly what I did. I managed to overcome the temptation that my inner demons were telling me to. If I would of took that sip of alcohol, I knew for a fact, I would of drank till it was gone and my sobriety that I worked so hard to get and have till this day would be all in vein and I would have to start back at day number one trying to get and stay sober. There is no way in hell I will put myself through that torture again of counting each day sober. I am in the years counting now, but if I would have listened to what my demons suggested I do I would have been doomed.

Can you imagine the stress I would of been in if I listened and broke my promise to myself. I would of been so depressed and down in the dumps big time.

That is my little story, and the reason I talked about it was, there shouldn't been anything in life that stresses you out so much that you turn to drinking alcohol. It will never help. It will only make matters worse, and you will double the stress you have by drinking to drown your problems and relieve your stress.

Stay strong to yourself and never let any stress you have in life make you do something you should not be doing, such as drinking alcohol and abusing it to fix life's matters.

The stresses in life are bad enough, never mind the stress that alcohol has on someone when they think alcohol is the fix all drug, but it doesn't work. That makes the person drinking the alcohol feel worse that their solution to being stress free by drinking is not helping with the stress whatsoever.


© 2012 Mark Bruno


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    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ billybuc, so nice hearing from you again. Thanks so much for your comment and kind words.

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      True words my friend. I know of no situation that is made better by alcohol. Keep travelling that path you are on.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      FordeAhern, Thank you for reading and your comment, No, I never went to AA, or any meeting or 12 steps problem. I simply went cold turkey and never looked back. 2 1/2 years now sober and don't miss it one bit.

      Thank you for the Vote Up and interesting !

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      6 years ago from Broadford, Co. Limerick. ireland

      A great hub thank you. you seem now to have your life on track. I wish you the very best of luck. Do you mind me asking if you follow the 1 steps? voted up and interesting.


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