If you like to have a drink with friends every so often or a glass of wine on holidays, that is one thing. However, the problem with the current generation is that we are creating people who think that binge drinking on weekends is okay if you are able to go to work on Monday, and that just isn’t the case. In fact, many doctors and public health followers worry that we are creating a generation of functional alcoholics that are just looking for their next drink.
If you are looking for reasons to stop drinking, they are everywhere. However, some people cannot imagine themselves as that person who drinks themselves to death. After all, it truly isn’t something that we hear about all that often. So want some motivation to stop drinking? Think about how these 5 things could happen to you:
Got A DUI? Kiss Opportunities Goodbye
Getting a DUI is a serious offense and one that you should not take lightly. DUIs impact your ability to drive, which is basically your entire life, depending where you live. Getting a DUI can impact your living arrangements, insurance rates, and even your job. If you have to drive for work and you get a DUI, you may be fired. These types of charges are particularly hard to fight in court because we’ve all seen the horror stories about people who die in these accidents.
Say Hello To Premature Aging
Has anyone ever liked getting wrinkles? Probably not – but people who drink a lot are more likely to show signs of aging than those who do not drink. Alcohol dehydrates the skin and shows those fine lines (and deep wrinkles) far more than other drinks do.
Even worse than looking old is feeling old, and alcohol does that as well. The more dehydrated you are, the more likely you are to feel joint pain. This means that any back or knee problems you have will actually feel worse when you have alcohol in your system. Plus, the older we get, the harder it is to rehydrate after a night of drinking.
You’ll Be Spending A Lot Of Money
Your drinking habit is going to cost you a lot of money. Even if you drink the “cheap” stuff, you are still paying more than you would for water, coffee, or soda.
For those who love to chase the feeling of being “tipsy” or “drunk,” the news is even worse: as we age and get used to consuming alcohol, that means it takes more to get that feeling. Of course, as more people start to drink regularly, the more alcohol is going to cost.
Living is expensive enough – if you want to have a house, a car, and enough money to live comfortably, the first thing that should go is your alcohol habit.
Everyone Loves A Spare Tire, Right?
It doesn’t matter how many “Skinny” drinks you try, alcohol still has a ton of calories and those calories start to add up over time. You will eventually get the “beer belly” that so many people have because of their drinking habits. Beer, in particular, is high in calories, but so is wine and other types of alcohol. Then, if you start mixing your drinks, they get full of sugar and carbs, which add to stubborn belly fat that is nearly impossible to lose.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, some 80% of people with alcoholism develop Wernicke–Korsakoff Syndrome, which has many side effects that can negatively impact your life. It can cause your eyes to stop moving, cause memory lapses, lead to worsened dementia, and even muscular problems. Essentially, your body will start to shut down on you.
Once you get this problem, it doesn’t go away. You have to live with the impact for the rest of your life.
Drinking is fun, sure. However, regular drinking to the point when you need a drink (or two, or more) every day can lead you down a road that few people want to go down. Avoid it by cutting back on your drinking now.