Drinking is a commonality in our society — if we want to socialize with friends, wind down from a busy day, or forget about our troubles — we reach for a drink. But when we seek out alcohol to make ourselves feel better ALL of the time, we may tend to rely on it for a constant state of happiness.
Although alcohol can make ourselves happy for a little while, it doesn’t last for long. According to an article from rightpathdrugrehab.com, “Research has shown that while alcohol can alleviate gloominess in the short-term, it’s nowhere near effective at promoting good vibes in the long-term.” There are no long-term benefits that come from drinking; if we want pure, long-term happiness, we need to find something else.
This article mentions a study completed by researchers at the University of Kent. The researchers studied 17,000 people’s drinking patterns in the “British Cohort of 1970.” They asked each person how much they drank in the last week and how happy they were with their lives.
Along with this group of people, the researchers also used an app to collect information from 31,000 people in the United Kingdom (between 2010 and 2013). The app asked the participants what they were doing and how happy they were in that exact moment, and they did this at random times of the day.
What did this study show? Well, the researchers concluded, “that alcohol can make people happy in the moment, but anyone who develops problem drinking will not be happier in the long-term.” They also found that while alcohol goes along with social events, it doesn’t necessarily make them more enjoyable.
People will develop addictions from long-term drinking. Using alcohol to find happiness is a dangerous act — it won’t only affect your health, but it will affect your relationships and lifestyle as well. Addiction leads to “chaos and turmoil.” Here are some ways to find true happiness from anewmode.com:
- Don’t rely on others for your happiness
- Be happy for others instead of jealous of them
- Practice gratitude and give thanks for all that you have
- Be kind to others
- Accept what you can’t change…
- …but change what you can’t accept
- Take care of your physical AND mental health
- Don’t hold grudges against others
- Surround yourself with the right people
Alcohol will never lead to long-term happiness; it will only make your problems worse. Whether people seek out drinking as a social activity or simply to cope with life’s many stressful problems, it can spin out of control. By taking care of yourself and finding other ways to find true happiness, you will be much better off!
If you find that a loved one is using alcohol to make themselves happy, there are many different ways that you could intervene to help them. First, you could call them out and NOT be considerate (this is not the best option). Instead, you could be considerate of what they must be going through and give them alternative suggestions to drinking. Here is an example of what to say…
- I can see that you’ve been having a hard time lately, but I want you to know that I’m here for you. There are other ways to find happiness again other than drinking, and I can help you figure it out.
True happiness comes from WITHIN…not from any substance. By learning about and practicing other ways to make you happy, you won’t need alcohol to do it for you. It’s a temporary fix for a long-term problem.