As the Fourth of July weekend comes to a close, many Americans may be looking back on what things they consumed throughout the holiday. Understanding that drunk driving is a major concern on Independence Day, it is likely that many Americans will be regretting the amount of beer they consumed. Apart from the hangover, however, it is important for all beer drinkers to know that consuming too much of the beverage could be a sign of alcoholism.
Like cigarettes, beer is often thought of as a harmless adult beverage; while some may consume enough to negatively affect their health, addiction may not always be in question. At Chapters Capistrano, we remind all individuals that no matter what the alcoholic beverage of choice is, consuming too much or binge drinking on a regular basis is a severe sign that detox and treatment is needed. Even if beer is the only alcoholic beverage you or a loved one consumes, it is critical to reflect on the limitations that are set for drinking and how frequent consumption occurs.
Why Do People Mistakenly Believe Drinking Beer is Safe?
Popular stereotypes of what defines an alcoholic may be part of the reason that many individuals may not see frequent beer consumption as a sign of addiction. For instance, many think that alcoholics constantly consume liquor—to get drunk quicker—or do not want to spend the money on beer or wine. Culturally, wine and beer, which are lower in alcohol concentration than most liquor, are seen as more appropriate adult beverages because it takes longer to become intoxicated from the substance.
Still, beer contains alcohol and exceeding the limit can mean becoming legally intoxicated. Beer also can have serious effects on the human body, just as any other liquor, which may be overlooked—especially when beer is marketed much like soft drinks and other beverages. With no nutritional value and high calories, beer serves no benefit to human health and can harm important organs—including the liver.
Signs You Are Addicted to Drinking Beer and How to Find Help
Since many people may have one or more beers a day, it can be difficult to assess whether alcoholism is actually a problem. If you have formed a habit of drinking beer, experienced signs of withdrawal or are unable to stop drinking—then you most likely have developed alcoholism.
Fortunately, detox programs and residential addiction recovery centers—such as Chapters Capistrano—are available to help you or a loved one comfortably step away from alcohol and embrace sobriety. To learn more about our flexible treatment programs and welcoming recovery center, contact us today at 949-276-2886.
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