Why Abstinence?

Posted on February 11, 2014

Ten Good Mental Health Reasons Not to Drink Alcohol

Consuming alcohol may make matters more difficult for people suffering from mental health conditions like anxiety, depression, and impulse control disorders. Even having a couple of drinks a day carries consequences that affect brain and body functioning, leaving a negative impact on mental well-being. Sometimes, people feeling high amounts of stress, pain, anxiety, and impulse turn to alcohol to find short-term relief, without realizing that using substances can limit the progress of reaching long-term emotional stability. Alcohol may cause moodiness, lower inhibitions, upset the cycle of restorative sleep, increase the symptoms of depression, and interfere with prescribed medication. Avoiding alcohol completely may be a good idea if you have concerns with anxiety, depression, and impulse control.

10 Reasons Not to Drink

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4 thoughts on “Why Abstinence?

  1. TheoP

    Thanks, Mark. “I have a desire and commitment to change” is my affirmation tonight as I try to resist the urge to drink.

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  3. Mark C.

    Another point to be made is that alcohol (ethanol) is a mild poison to the cells of our body. It affects cellular function and can kill cells. If over-used, as is the case in addiction, ethanol has very negative effects on our bodies. Many livers and brains have suffered!

    Why use it? Substitute something like root beer, ginger ale, or better still, flavored water. The Cost-Benefit-Analysis for use of ethanol clearly indicates that there is incredible downside to its use versus any “perceived benefit.”

    All that said, as Kevin G indicated, change is a personal choice. Trying to make someone change is impossible. Our prison systems have proven this for over 100 years. Point 1: Must have the desire and commitment to change.

    Best regards,
    Greater Cincinnati Area SMART Facilitator

  4. KevinG

    Abstinence is ALWAYS the best option, but sometimes people aren’t ready to give it up for good. It is best to allow people to come to this decision on their own terms and in their own time. Pressuring someone to take up the abstinence call may push them further down.

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