How Consuming Alcohol Irresponsibly Ruins Your Life

it is not wrong to enjoy yourself, but alcohol can ruin your life if taken irresponsibly.

I had been consuming alcohol for five years. I have absolutely nothing to be proud of as drinking irresponsibly ruined my life. During this period, I was totally unable to maintain any steady relationship with any of my family members. My whole life was a total mess.

First, I started drinking liquor when I joined college back in 2012. I had a lot of free time and during the weekends; I would hang out with my best friends in our favorite alcoholic joints. It was at this point that I later found myself drinking on a daily basis. Worst of all, I failed to complete my studies and I ended up becoming a university drop out.

My parents waited to be present at my graduation ceremony but to no avail. I later had to reveal the truth on how I had squandered part of my school fees and hence I was not to graduate. I had used all the fees trying to please my friends who at the time were addicts too. After leaving school, I worked with my dad who owned a retail business. Guess what! I still sustained my drinking habits and I could hardly even work. My life was completely unmanageable.

For the days I worked, it was totally impossible for me to save a penny. Every penny I managed to get went to drinking liquor. I only survived by God’s mercies. I continued like this and everyone in my family completely lost trust in me. I was considered a black sheep and I thought that I was just being disliked.

Most of my classmates were really progressing on well in life, and I was lagging behind in everything. I later thought that I had heard enough and I decided to seek help. I consulted a counselor who advised me to go to an inpatient rehabilitation center. I agreed and I was enrolled in the program for 3 months. Majority of people think that a rehabilitation center is a place to stop drugs. This is somewhat true, but once you join a rehab, you start realizing that a rehab is a place to start awakening your dreams and start a new way of living.

After living in the rehabilitation center, I swore never to drink again. It’s been two years of being sober. Sometimes I look back and I really wonder what I was really doing. I later went back to college and completed my studies. I now work as an online freelance writer full time and I can say that my life is far way better. Here are some of the reasons why excessive liquor is not good for you.

Alcohol Gives You Dutch Courage

In other words, when one drinks, the dopamine or serotonin is affected. Serotonin makes an individual happy and asleep. On the other hand, dopamine makes one awake and happy. If the latter happens, a drunkard tends to speak much and with lots of confidence. Some of the words he or she may say are quite embarrassing. The alcoholic lives a lie thinking that everything is okay. He or she forgets the ancient concepts of hubris and nemesis.

 Hubris blinds the alcoholic to danger and makes the individual reckless. The book of Proverbs put it best “Alcohol makes you loud and foolish.” Nemesis refers to the cold water that closes the fire called hubris. Nemesis soon catches up with the alcoholic when he or she gets sober. What happens next is that the alcoholic is filled with guilt of what he or she did. Worst still, he or she never learns from the mistakes. To avoid feeling the guilt, alcoholics pick up from where they left. Drinking becomes a continuous process.

You Experience Learned Helplessness

This is a state of mind where an individual always thinks that things will never change. Instead of trying to stop bad habits to achieve a happy life, he or she gets stuck in the same state. As a result, he or she becomes quite depressed, unproductive, demotivated and reluctant to change. Years pass without having achieved anything or made progress.

You Cannot Be Trusted

No one in his right mind would trust a drunkard. A drunkard only thinks of consuming liquor and nothing else. He or she tends to live from hand to mouth with desperation taking the center stage; most drunkards have no savings hence living quite miserably. Alcohol is their first priority, and sometimes eating a balanced diet is an option. Apparently, no one could trust a drunkard with a job that entails handling people’s money.

You Cannot Take Roles of Responsibility

(Proverbs chapter 31) “Kings should not drink wine and have a craving for alcohol. When they drink they forget the laws of the land and ignore the rights of people. Alcohol is meant for the dying and the miserable. Let them drink and forget about their misery.” It is quite difficult to convince the electorate that you want to lead them if your life is not in order.

Alcohol Deteriorates Your Health

Apart from contacting diseases such as liver cirrhosis, drunkards are not good looking. Their eyes are always red in color. They tend to have dents on their faces for no apparent reasons. This could be due to fights and arguments in clubs. Additionally, some of them hardly remember to tidy up. A drunkard’s room is always untidy and so is his or her body.

Bottom Line

Alcoholism is a disease and once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic. If you must consume alcoholic drinks, please do so responsibly. If alcohol is making your life unmanageable, it is a clear indication that it is controlling you. You don’t wish to spend the rest of your life suffering from this disease and living a lie. Seek professional help if you cannot stop it cold turkey.

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