Is It Really That Harmful to Have a Drink Every Once in a While?
Drinking alcohol in moderation is a method that is prone to failure. While you may think you’re in control, it’s easy to get burned. For a recovering alcoholic, just one drink is enough to send them relapsing back into alcoholism. An alcoholic already possesses addictive behaviors and tendencies, and one drink inhibits the brain signals that monitor our behaviors and emotions. While you may think you’ve made enough progress that you’re able to handle just one drink, your brain thinks otherwise.
A social drinker, or perhaps even a problem drinker, may decide that they don’t want to have a second or third drink. But an alcoholic does not have this kind of impulse control. One slip up can turn into a relapse.
You or someone you care about may believe that you can transition back into social drinking after having stayed sober for a certain length of time. However, for people who have a history of being unable to control the amount of alcohol they consume, it’s just not worth the risk.