Drinking is a hugely common and widely accepted pastime in Australia. And because of its popularity and presence, alcohol doesn’t carry the same stigma as other recreational drugs. This can make it difficult to identify when your drinking habits move away from being ‘social’ into risky territory and when you need help.
The fact you’re thinking in-depth about your drinking behaviour is a positive sign; the next step is to have a think about whether any patterns exist, how they are affecting your life and how they make you feel.
- Are you experiencing blackouts regularly? – Do you forget large chunks of your night?
- Do you know roughly how many drinks you are having in one session? Is it more than 10?
- Do you think your tolerance is increasing and you are drinking more each time?
- Are you getting into fights, arguments or accidents when you drink?
- Do you drink to get away from something that’s going on in your life?
- Are you embarrassed or regretful after drinking alcohol?
It can be hard to work out if your drinking levels are concerning but if any of the above rings true, then it’s possible your drinking behaviour is approaching, or has already reached dangerous territory and you need help. If you’re feeling worried or unhappy with your alcohol consumption the best thing is to talk to someone sooner rather than later, like a counsellor, or GP. You can also call our 24 hour free and confidential YoDAA Line: 1800 458 685
If you do need alcohol help use, there are services designed specially for young people where you can receive the physical and emotional assistance you need. Have a look at the YSAS Programs + Services.