Drinking More and More Wine Over Time
Maybe you used to start with one glass, but now you do two. Or maybe you’ve already moved onto an entire bottle.
Whatever the case, increasing your intake over time can be a sign of a larger problem. If you’re unable to feel satisfied by the amount you used to drink, it means that you’re developing a tolerance. Unfortunately, this can be a sign of alcohol dependency.
Drinking Earlier than You Used To
Remember when you used to start drinking at dinnertime? These days, it seems like you can’t wait to pop the cork and pour your first glass. Sometimes, you’ll even start at 3 PM, right when the kids get home from school.
This is a bad sign. It means that you’re growing increasingly dependent on alcohol, and that you may need it to function.
Doing Embarrassing Things While Drunk
At some point, anyone who drinks alcohol will do or say something embarrassing. It comes with the territory. After all, drinking wine lowers your inhibitions, causing you to do things that you normally wouldn’t.
But too much embarrassment can be detrimental to your mental health. If you constantly scream at your neighbors when you’re drunk, for example, you’ll start to feel quite ashamed. Over time, that shame might cause you to drink more wine (leading to more embarrassment).
Doing Dangerous Things While Drunk
Alcoholics often their safety and that of the people around them. For example, ever heard of drunk driving? It’s a highly dangerous activity, but people do it all the time.
When you drink a lot of wine, your sense of responsibility goes out the window. But, you can put yourself or your family at risk. If you constantly find yourself in unsafe situations while drinking, it may be time to confront your problem.
Lying About Your Drinking Habit
There’s a lot of shame around alcoholism. Many mothers cover up the problem by lying to other people (and themselves) about their issues. They may lie about how much or how often they actually drink. This relieves them of temporarily of their embarrassment.
But, lying doesn’t make the problem go away. In fact, it may prevent you from seeking the help you need.
Wanting to Quit But Being Unable To
Here’s a question to ask yourself:
Could you stay sober for an entire month? What about two?
If the prospect of quitting wine feels impossible, then you might have a problem to contend with. Even if you enjoy wine, you should be able to quit if you want to.
Many moms want to quit drinking wine, and even attempt to, but can’t. If you find yourself unable to stay off the wine for any amount of time, you might become dependent on it. In that case, it’s time to seek professional help.