Many people aren’t sure where to determine the line is between casual drinking and heavy drinking. It can be a grey area depending on your environment. Some cultures drink more than others, so “heavy” drinking for them may be different for what “heavy” drinking is in another culture.
By looking at several factors, however, you can determine what your level is. Try taking a good look at the following ways to decide whether your drinking needs to be cut back.
Check Your Bank Account
Drinking regularly in bars comes with a hefty price tag. Each drink starts to add up each time that you go out. Not to mention that you will also have other expenses that frequently come with a night out on the town. Such as getting fast food, or paying for a taxi.
Therefore, if you take a look at your bank account and you find that most of your charges are from nights out on the town, and yet you have trouble paying your mortgage, this could be a pretty big indication that you need to reel it in.
Keep Track Of Your Consumption
Keeping track of how many units that you consume per week is a simple yet effective way to keep track. You can either do this manually or by downloading an app.
There are many apps out there which are free and make it easy to see your data alongside other users. By comparing how many drinks you consumed throughout your week compared to others, you can get a feel for whether you are in a high danger zone or low risk.
Some people who think they are heavy drinkers may be surprised to find that they are actually considered quite low drinkers. And additionally, heavy drinkers who are in denial may be forced to be faced with the reality of how much they actually consume.
Notice Your Performance At Work
If you are lacking motivation at work and are tired every day, try to ask yourself if it may be a result of too much alcohol consumption.
Drinking regularly affects your mood, sleep patterns, and overall health. If it gets to the point where it’s starting to affect your career, this may be a pretty big wake up call.
Keep An Eye On Your Sleeping Habits
If you go through irregular patterns of sleeping hardly at all or sleeping all day this could be a big indication of too much partying.
Since drinking usually is accompanied by a hangover you may spend a large portion of your day in bed sleeping off your throbbing head.
When it comes to drinking, you should definitely keep it moderate. And if you determine that it’s affecting you in any of these areas, you may want to make the changes necessary to get yourself back on track.