Drinking the Day Away

Drinking the Day Away

Author: Racheal Mosimann

Recently, I worked with a consumer who personally dealt with alcohol abuse disorder. When I met him, he was two years sober, and still living with a daily struggle. Every day, he would wake up with alcohol on his mind. Every day was a decision to maintain sobriety. And every day, he would worry about his son going down the same path. Though he struggled, he was living better than he ever had because he was sober. The alcohol no longer controlled him or his life, and he was proud. He was able to recover and live his life to the fullest. Drinking has become a part of many people’s daily lives in America. It is normal to see alcohol at sports events, dinners, birthday parties, and even movie theatres. Many people drink socially or casually as a way to reduce stress, improve their mood, or to celebrate. But what if it becomes more than that? What if it becomes a part of a person’s daily life or coping skills? Without realizing it, someone may find themselves relying on alcohol for entertainment, comfort, or a distraction. It can be difficult for a person to recognize they are becoming reliant on alcohol. After all, a few drinks now and again isn’t much to worry about. Some signs you may be progressing into alcoholism can include:

  • drinking more or longer than intended too
  • prioritizing drinking over other pleasurable, interesting, or important activities
  • inability to reduce or stop drinking
  • continuing to drink although it is decreasing quality of life
  • interferes with daily life such as work, relationships, and self-care

Not only can alcohol impair one’s ability think or move, it can exacerbate mental health symptoms. It is not uncommon for people struggling with negative mental health symptoms to have the urge to self-medicate. However, it has been found that alcohol consumption increases the risk of anxiety, depression, and even suicidal ideation. Even more, previous symptoms return once the person is no longer drinking. There are other ways to reduce and manage mental health symptoms such as professional treatment, utilization of health coping skills, and prioritizing self-care. If you’re finding it difficult to reduce or stop drinking on your own, please reach out to

  • Valeo Behavioral Health Care at (785) 233-1730


  • Valeo’s 24-hour Detox Line at (785) 234-3448

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