Ways Alcohol Can Derail Your Life

Alcohol can be incredibly addictive and many people find themselves struggling with managing how much they drink. Alcohol abuse and alcoholism are generally the two terms that are used to describe someone who suffers from drinking too much.

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Long term diseases

Every time you drink, you damage your body a little bit more. One of the better-known symptoms of alcohol abuse is damage to the liver. However, there is a lot of other damage that can be caused too. High blood pressure, stroke, and a range of cancers can come as part of an alcohol-destroyed body. There is hope though. Once you stop drinking, your body can begin to heal itself and your risk of suffering from these illnesses begins to reduce.

Legal issues

As an addict, you may not think twice about getting into your car and going for a drive while you are drunk. This is dangerous and illegal. If you end up with some drivers license suspensions because of your drinking, it might be a good time to have a look at how alcohol is affecting your life. You might need to ask yourself if you have a problem with the amount that you are drinking if you think you are in some sort of legal trouble.


Alcohol is known for lowering inhibitions so it is not surprising that someone who abuses alcohol may suffer from increased levels of violence towards themselves and others. When it comes to domestic violence, drinking is one of the main causes of violent outbursts, with 55% of incidents involving alcohol. These outbursts can result in you spending some time in prison and the pain of a loved one. Some of these incidents can result in the death of a loved one.

Mental health

We know that drinking can affect your body physically but it can also affect you mentally. When you abuse alcohol, you run the risk of becoming addicted. Drinking alcohol affects the neural pathways and can make it difficult to remember things. It is this effect on your body that can cause other issues such as violence and poor decision-making.

Long term

Every time you drink, you run the risk of developing various issues. However, these issues all add up and can cause a lifetime of pain. There is the physical pain of the diseases, the mental pain of the mental health issues, and the pain that you can cause others. Over time, these issues can destroy your relationships, give you a lot of legal issues, and can result in a shorter lifespan. 

All in all, you can see that drinking too much can have a negative impact on your life. So, before you go reaching for that bottle to help you cool off at the end of a hard day, ask yourself if it is worth it. If you feel that you are having issues, there are many organisations that help you manage your behavior and help get you back on the right track.

This is a collaborative post.



    1. I was a functioning alcoholic and my Psychiatrist knew what I drank and how much. He never told me to stop drinking. One day while I was having a very difficult time I asked him if the meds I take would work better if I quit drinking. He said yes, a little. That was all I needed.

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  1. I recently started drinking when I was at home alone. It might not be a good idea. Already I think it’s interfering with my sleep. I googled a wine glass is 12 Oz but a serving of wine is 5 Oz. There was a time I didn’t drink for 10 years after a period of alcohol abuse. I’m telling myself now that moderation is ok. I realize I might be taking a chance. Maybe not do it every day. Keep it to a two serving minimum. I need to have rules to live by.

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  2. Good post – but not only is driving too much bad – but all alcohol is a toxin and pulls from health and I no longer let folks say they drink red wine for self care!
    Self care has to edify and nurture the body and red wine pills from health (the grace amounts of good does not make up for the bad)

    And who was this a collaborative post with?

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