How to fight alcohol addiction on New Year’s Eve

The holidays can be a difficult time for addicts.

IOWA, USA – Many lessons were learned during the pandemic, but here’s a repetition: Iowans love their booze.

How much exactly? In fiscal 2021, over $ 400 million worth of alcohol was sold in the state. And with New Year’s Eve just around the corner, champagne is popping all over the country.

For people struggling with addiction, this can be difficult to deal with.

“How do we convey to our family and friends during the holidays that we are working through something, or do we share this broader agenda with ourselves?” said Dr. Scott Terry, Clinical & Executive Director of the Ardent Counseling Center.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, between 15% and 20% of Iowans who drink alcohol can have an addiction problem. The standards of what is known as binge drinking are different for men and women, but they have one problem in common: not all drinks are created equal.

“If you’re into that kind of craft beers and other things that have the higher alcohol levels, it’s really important that Iowans know that, hey, one beer might not be the equivalent of a drink that you might actually have two or three consume.” Beverages, “said Eric Preuss, director of Your Life Iowa, which provides advice for people dealing with alcohol addiction.

So how can Iowans celebrate the New Year without indulging too much?

Preuss encourages you to communicate with the people with whom you are celebrating and to make your expectations clear at an early stage.

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“If I know that people are drinking, I won’t have more than two drinks that evening,” said Preuss. “And you will also tell your limits for your friends and everyone who serves you because bad things happen.”

Finally, if you feel like you need to talk to a friend or loved one about their alcohol use, here’s another piece of advice: don’t start the conversation while the person is drinking or try to dance on a potentially uncomfortable subject .

“’When I saw you drinking last night, I felt really uncomfortable around you, I was worried, I was worried about you. And I just have to share this with you. ‘ It’s that simple, “said Preuss.

Most at risk of alcohol abuse are the very young people under 21 and the elderly over 55. In both cases, it’s biological: bodies just can’t tolerate as much alcohol as a person in their physical prime, and it means they do much more often get sick or worse from drinking too much.

If you or someone you know is struggling with drinking problems, visit YourLifeIowa.org, call 855-581-8111 or write 855-895-8398.

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