Some people can have a few drinks and move on with the festivities, others, not so much. I knew a girl in college who would get so drunk that she would pass out, she even peed on herself once at a frat party. She never remembered any of it, and often she would wake up in some guy’s dorm room.
I decided that I was never going to be that girl.
The party of the century sent me into a tailspin when I woke up on the couch in the living room the next morning wondering wth happened. Be careful when judging others, right.
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I made myself a promise never to let that happen again after thinking of all of the things that could have went wrong. I configured a list of signs I sometimes look over just as a reminder.
So many awful things can present themselves when you are intoxicated. Never mind the possibility of getting yourself killed, getting in a wreck and wiping out an entire family or getting gang raped, what about the damages you are doing to yourself and others. Your family and friends worry about you. Increasingly withdrawing is in itself something that we as alcoholics may tend to do in order to justify our drinking. If you can’t imagine your life without alcohol then it is time to seek out real professional help and know that you are not alone.
If you have a friend that may be dealing with any of these signs then an intervention may save their life or someone else’s.
So, what are the 10 signs that you should not drink anymore?
- You cant stop after two or three (or won’t). There is no pacing yourself.
- You have blackouts, rages or urinate on yourself when you are drunk.
- You become confrontational, depressed or violent when you are drinking.
- You are the only one who thinks you are the life of the party.
- You drive when you are “buzzed” and you get cut off or kicked out of the local bar regularly.
- You often wake up knowing you owe apologies but not sure to whom or for what. Everyone seems mad at you the next morning.
- You find you let your guard down protecting yourself sexually. You often put yourself in dangerous situations.
- You spend all of way too much of your money.
- You become a problem at family get togethers.
- You got anxiety reading this list and found yourself making excuses for at least 8 of the things listed here today.
If your friends are worried about you then you know it is time to reevaluate your drinking habits. If you are waking up with strange guys, in strange places or with no recollection of the night before you may have a problem.
Look, if drinking is making you look tired, feel ashamed or lose control you may need to seek out help whether that is through a network of friends or in anonymous meetings. If your family or friends have come to you concerned about your drinking and most of your ex’s say that you have a problem with alcohol then that’s your red flag to put the booze down and never touch the stuff. Alcoholism is a real serious problem, and the longer it goes on the worse it gets all the way around the board.
Nothing good can come from being a lush. It ruins lives, reputations and your body. Stopping now if you are experiencing problems controlling your alcohol or yourself is essential. You will never find “the guy” in a bar or “yourself” in a bottle.