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Why I quit drinking alcohol
Never been a big drinker
I am no big alcohol user, I drink a glass of wine in the evening with dinner or so. I usually don't get drunk when I go out or when at a party. But there are these times, rare occasions when I flip, completely. You see, I have learned from my first big crises in life that if I drink, and get to a certain point of drunkenness I can't seem to stop. The lat times I have been drunk for real I can't really remember. These occasions are rare and happens once a year or less but the behavior is the same every time, and that truly frightens me.
My father has not been drinking at all in about 10 years time now. He did not get sick and classified as an alcoholic, he just made a decision for himself and for his own health to stop. He has also warned me and been kind of worried for me when I have told my parents about what has happened. (And yes I talk to them about almost everything) And my reaction to it has been that he worries to much and that it's not so serious, and that it happens so rarely.
Yes, it might happens rarely but when you are in that position and denying the fact that you might be in trouble, then you actually are in the biggest whole of all.
My drinking behavior may not be dangerous if you compare it to many others, I don't drink much or often. I do have had some bad drinking experiences, but who hasn't?
The reason why I felt that this was the time to end this, was the last time this happened. Was that I was terrified of what could have happened that night. Even though I was around friends, I did not know what I did, and it doesn't matter if others can tell me later, because deep within I still don't know.
I also think about my future, and the fact that I want kids one day, maybe a dog. I can't keep have this kind of behavior happening, even if it's only once a years or less. I obviously can't control myself with alcohol and have no limit when I have had a few drinks. So my only, and the best, solution is to quit it.
From now on I won't drink any more wine, I will just use it in my cooking. I will drink no other beer than non alcoholic variants, and my spiritual self and my body will thank me for it.
Effects of alcohol abuse
Abusing alcohol can cause your body great illnes like:
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Psycological problems
- Incresed risk for cancer
Also it can cause you even grater social issues.
About 5000 people under 21 years of age, dies every year due to drinking.
In the US alcohol is legal for people age 21 and older. In Sweden it's legal to drink and buy alcohol in a bar or restaurantwhen your 18 years old. To buy alcohol in the store (only sold in special store) the age limit is 20 years.
When seeing what happens to people of all ages when they drink alcohol, it is kind of strange to me that it is still a legal drug.