Can You Prevent Alcoholism?

Alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction are serious problems for individuals, families and communities. Alcohol is the most commonly abused drug because it is legal and relatively inexpensive. Marketing campaigns relentlessly drive the message that alcohol means having a good time. However, as enticing as alcohol seems, there are concrete actions people can take to prevent themselves or their loved ones from succumbing to alcoholism.

How the Government Prevents Alcoholism

There are many things that local, state and national government does to curb alcohol abuse and addiction. Many of the following programs have reduced alcohol abuse in recent years:

  • Raising taxes to make alcohol more expensive
  • Lowering legal blood alcohol limits from .10 to .08
  • Increasing penalties for drunk driving
  • Raising the minimum drinking age from 18 to 21

Most laws regarding alcohol consumption focus on reducing impaired driving incidents and fatalities.

How to Avoid Alcoholism

The most effective plan for preventing alcohol starts in the home as children mimic the drinking habits of their elders. The following list represents concrete steps any individual or family can do to prevent alcoholism:

  • Don’t drink excessively (roughly estimated safe limits are 10 drinks per week for men and 5 per week for women)
  • Avoid binge drinking (drinking enough in one sitting to become drunk)
  • Don’t make alcohol a part of every celebration
  • Frequently set aside weeks or months of abstinence both to make sure you don’t show signs of dependency and also to model moderation for your family
  • Don’t mix alcohol with legal or illegal drugs
  • Talk openly with your family about the risks associated with alcohol use
  • Don’t drink when you are upset, stressed or feeling anxious or depressed
  • Avoid drinking patterns such as drinking every night after work

Many people have a biological predisposition toward alcoholism. If there is a history of dependency in your family you should be extremely careful when consuming alcohol. Some people can become addicted to alcohol the first time they drink.

Help for Alcoholism

If you are concerned about your own drinking, or about the alcohol use you have modeled for your family, please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline any time. Our expert counselors can help people who show signs of alcoholism and can those who wish to avoid alcoholism. Whether you need advice or a recommendation for high quality rehab services, we are here for you. It is much easier to prevent alcoholism than it is to recover from it.

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