How much is too much? 07/06/12
How much is too much? Whether it’s drugs, alcohol or any other substance use it doesn’t have to be excessive to be too much. If something is causing you a problem in your life it is too much. If it is causing a problem in someone else’s life it is too much.
If you have crossed the line from use to abuse or gone further into dependency, you will know yourself that you have lost control but you may not yet be at the stage of wanting to admit it to yourself or others.
As an alcoholic, I drank excessively and stupidly for 20 years. I knew very early on that I had a problem but like many I believed that giving up would be easy. I was drinking as a form of self medication to help me numb out the past and give me a buzz to get through the day so my assumption was that the future would provide the solution to my depression and despair. I was wrong.
The more I drunk, the more I needed. The more I drunk, the more it impacted on me physically and mentally. The more I drunk, the more chaos I created for myself and others. The more I drunk, the more I denied my alcoholism.
By the end, one drink was too many and my daily dose of one litre of vodka, one litre of wine and several cans of beer were not enough.
However, life doesn’t have to reach a crisis point! Assess the impact your use of drink, (drugs, food, sex or whatever it is that you use frequently), is having on your health, work, finances, relationship, family life.
Then ask yourself “How much is too much?”
Be honest when you do!