Alcohol Abuse in South Florida
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention characterizes excessive alcohol use as binge drinking or heavy drinking. Binge drinking is five or more drinks for men on one occasion. Binge drinking if you’re a woman would be classified as four or more drinks on an occasion. Heavy drinking is 15 or more drinks a week for men and eight or more drinks a week for women.
According to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey, around 16% of the adult population in the U.S. reported binge drinking and 7% reported heavy drinking. The results for Florida are in-line with these national averages.
If you feel you meet the criteria of binge or heavy drinking, or if you have a loved one struggling with their alcohol use, participating in Sober October could be a starting point for addressing your problematic alcohol use or a strong show of support for your loved one.
The Challenges of a Month in Recovery
When someone seeks help for an addiction to alcohol or another substance, they are taking a life-changing step. Ultimately, it will likely lead to a better, healthier life, but it can be difficult at first.
During the first month of recovery, there may be physical symptoms of withdrawal to contend with. There is also the realization that you will probably have to change nearly every aspect of your life. Many people also reflect on the effects of their addiction during this time, as well as the underlying causes that drove them to use substances as they work toward rebuilding.
While someone who is sober curious or simply participating in Sober October may not decide to deeply engage in this kind of work, it can give them a glimpse into what the early recovery process is like.