Reset Your Alcohol Tolerance – When it’s Time to Slow Down

Contrary to popular belief, being able to drink an extraordinary amount of alcohol without getting drunk is not a sign of good health or strength. Likewise, waking up after a night-long session with little to no hangover whatsoever doesn’t mean that you are in a good state of health. In fact, it’s actually quite to the contrary. Up and down the United Kingdom, alcohol detoxification centres are dealing with more cases of alcoholism and alcohol dependency than ever before. But what many fail to realise is the way in which one of the most characteristic signs and symptoms of a genuine alcohol problem is a dangerous increase in alcohol tolerance.

The simple fact of the matter is that if you drink more alcohol than official recommended guidelines suggest, it’s likely that you will increase your tolerance over time. Which isn’t a good thing, but the good news is that by making a few positive changes in your drinking habits, it may be possible to reset your tolerance to its prior level.

Building tolerance

In most instances, drinkers build greater tolerance to alcohol without even realising it. When you think about it, when you first started drinking as a teenager, you probably didn’t need a great deal of alcohol to get drunk. When you compare this to how much you drink on a regular basis now, chances are the difference is quite significant. The reason being that your body and brain slowly but surely become used to the level of alcohol you introduce, meaning that you do not get the same effects unless you drink more. The only problem being that the more you drink, the more harm you are doing to your body behind the scenes.

What’s also important to remember is that there is a big and important difference between alcohol addiction and alcohol dependence. In the case of the latter, it isn’t quite as black and white as most believe it to be. Technically speaking, alcohol dependence is defined as any instance where an individual has become in any way reliant on alcohol in any aspect of their life. Not being able to unwind after work without drinking, not being able to socialise without alcohol, not being able to stop drinking after that first drink and so on. If alcohol has any kind of control over you and your life, this is classified as dependence.

Getting back on track

Once again however, the good news is that unless your case has already progressed to a rather severe level, it is perfectly possible to get back on track. The key in this instance is being to stop burying your head in the sand and to instead bite the bullet in terms of how much you are actually drinking.

First of all, note down exactly how much alcohol you are consuming in the average day/week/month. When you’ve done this, compare this to the recommended maximum alcohol intake guidelines set out by public health authorities. Suffice to say, you should be able to determine relatively easily how severe your particular case really is.

Now, it’s important to remember that making a positive difference and resetting your tolerance does not necessarily mean immediately cutting back to the recommended 14 units per week. Truth is, you may find it impossible to make such a dramatic change. Instead therefore, you might find it much easier to slowly but surely begin cutting down a bit at a time. If you drink five days every week, try cutting this down to four, three and so on. If you drink 10 pints on an average pub night, set yourself a limit of 8, then 6, then four etc. However you do it, you need to keep reminding yourself at all times that what you are doing is not attempting to quit, but rather to reset your tolerance. And when you do, you’ll find yourself spending considerably less on alcohol and not needing to pump your body with nearly as much to have a good time.

In terms of how long it will take, this is something that will vary considerably from one person to the next. As far as the experts are concerned however, you should be looking to cut down considerably for at least two to four weeks – even longer, if possible. And as is the case with all such things, if you can persuade at least one other person to join you on your journey, chances are you will find it so much easier to make it happen.