Drinking Alcohol in Moderation, What Does This Mean?

Drinking Alcohol in Moderation, What Does This Mean?

Explore questions to ask yourself about whether your or your loved one’s drinking alcohol in moderation, or if it is a problem, and how you can get help with the Coleman Network for Addiction Medicine.

Questions to Ask When Considering Alcohol Consumption

These questions may come up if considering changing a relationship with alcohol:

  • Do I drink too much?
  • Am I an alcoholic?
  • Why is my spouse aggressive with me when they drink?
  • Is it okay to drink only on the weekends, even if people around me tell me things I can’t remember doing?
  • Do I need to be concerned if I can’t remember a conversation I had after drinking?
  • My doctor told me my liver function test was elevated due to my drinking habits.
  • I experience body shakes if I don’t drink every day.
  • After drinking, I have a hard time sleeping.
  • Beer no longer gives me a buzz, so I switched to whiskey.

The list of questions can be never-ending.

More like this: Alcohol Habit vs Addiction – How It Forms

Drinking Alcohol in Moderation, What Does That Mean?

I cannot tell you whether you or your loved one can go from a problematic or heavy drinker to only drinking alcohol in moderation. But, I can say that those suffering from Alcohol Use Disorders (AUDs) would want to believe it.

Drinking alcohol in moderation is challenging for most people with severe Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). Yet, some can achieve this without them going into a full-on relapse.

There are some underlying issues, brought on by some other mechanism or by therapy, that caused someone to drink in the first place that will need to be addressed:

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma

The chances of success in drinking in moderation are slim without any work or intervention.

More like this: Alcohol Use Disorder: Easy to Meet Criteria

Naltrexone for Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)

Naltrexone, a medication approved by the FDA-approved, is used in treating Alcohol Use Disorder. When someone drinks, naltrexone blocks the pleasure molecules (endorphins) that give them that initial positive feeling. So, the pleasurable feeling from drinking is nonexistent when someone is on naltrexone. This results in people no longer even wanting or needing to drink.

More like this: The Coleman Method for Outpatient Detox off Opioids and Alcohol

A Sober Life Isn’t A Boring Life

I recently read this quote on my Instagram feed. “Sobriety is anything but boring. So, sober life is boring? Yes, I was spoon-fed that lie by advertising, movies, television, and people since birth too! But, being present for every moment in life is not boring; it is fascinating!”

This hit me head-on about the quote about how we have been conditioned to believe that we need a buzz to grieve or have fun.

Whether sad or happy, major life events may involve drinking; now that we are returning to “our normal” before COVID-19, things are re-opening. And playdates, going to a book club, funeral, Zoom calls with friends, alcohol is present. And society considered alcohol to be an “essential business.”

2 years ago, I was “sober-curious,” and I voluntarily gave up alcohol. The lack of distraction added clarity and time to my life. And being sober has afforded me so many blessings. Not to mention the amount of money I wasn’t spending. My relationships with friends and family have been excellent. I don’t need to consider if I had anything to drink before driving. I can do puzzles and read books with an enhanced focus.

More like this: Who Am I Without Booze?

Detoxing from Alcohol with the Coleman Network for Addiction Medicine

Whether drinking in moderation or sobriety is the goal, you or a loved one may need an Alcohol Detox to achieve this. It is VERY important to discuss this with your primary care doctor and consider the options.

We at the Coleman Network for Addiction Medicine can discuss whether or not a medical detox is necessary before you cut back or stop or cut back drinking alcohol. Do not attempt to detox from alcohol or go “cold turkey” on your own without talking to a medical professional. This is very dangerous and could be lethal. Please schedule a callback with a Care Advocate to learn how you can move toward recovery today!

Deborah Reich, MD

More like this: Stop Drinking Alcohol: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

Recovery Starts With Finding The Right Detox Option For You.

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