What is Considered Normal Concerning Beer and Addiction?
Regardless of the type of alcoholic beverage, drinking it in excess will cause significant problem's, physically and mentally. However, beer is often considered the one type of alcohol where it is normal to drink it every day, especially now within the era of craft beers. The average person who drinks alcohol will do it in moderation and will not have a problem, yet many Americans abuse beer and drink beer in excess. It can be considered normal to go into a bar, have a couple of beers, and call it a night; however, what is considered normal and is not necessarily looked down upon is going into a bar and drinking one beer after another. A pattern of excessive drinking will lead to problems at home, and that person going into the bar every day or every few days, will eventually face problems at home with their kids or significant other. Drinking beer is an American past time, and this ideology has stuck with many Americans to the point where a past time has become an addiction. The beer industry will continue to expand and grow within the United States, and it is important for anyone who begins to drink, to understand the potential dangers.
Dangerous patterns of drinking in life will lead to problems for adolescents at school, and issues for adults at work. However, what is considered normal is when you have a bad day at work, you go and slam back a few beers. Within many friend's groups in high school, it is normal to believe that finding a way to get beer is just something you will do. Excessive drinking as an adolescent will not only impact your grades in school, but will cause you to become less involved with everything else in life. Much of society will believe that being drunk and stupid is part of life, but patterns of excessive beer drinking will lead to dangerous situations. Drunk and stupid can cause you to go to jail, end up in the emergency room, or cause an accident, or drive while intoxicated. Societal norms that surround the consumption of beer, when looked at rationally, are dangerous. What many do not realize until it is too late, is these things that are considered normal or a single time event, can possibly lead down a dangerous road. The symptoms of a beer addiction can include an intense urge to drink when engaged in other actives, or a repeated inability to set a limit on the alcohol intake. Other symptoms of a beer addiction can include an inability to stop drinking altogether, or the continuing battle with withdrawal symptoms and pain.
Drinking beer at a young age will simply cause these types of symptoms to be more predominate later in life. Adolescents are more susceptible to this than anyone else; each generation is the next consumer of beer, and the next group to determine how the product will be marketed and sold. The beer industry and beer itself has pros and cons, and like any legal substance, when it is used responsibly, you will just go about your life. However, it is when these types of substances such as beer are used irresponsibly, is when it leaves a bad taste in your mouth, and will make you reconsider your choices next time. If you choose to drink beer, do it responsibly. If you choose to try beer for the first time, educate yourself about what it is and how it may affect you. If at any point, you feel your consumption of beer is a problem or is an issue for a loved one, reach out for help, and contact local treatment resources.