01/6Everything you need to know about gray area drinking
When state governments recently announced the online delivery of alcohol, we had that sigh of relief; because alcohol is the thing that people think can help unwind the daily work stress during the ongoing work from home scenario. However, if you are someone who keeps thinking about alcohol, even the next day after drinking and is looking forward to enjoying another drink by the evening, then there are chances you are falling in the category of ‘gray area drinking’. Scroll below to know more about it. (Image: istock)
02/6What is gray area drinking?
It is a condition when you constantly think about your next drink of alcohol. (Image: istock)
03/6What actually happens?
According to experts, it is not necessarily the number of drinks that places you in this category, but how you view alcohol. For instance, if you are drinking 2 nights a week, but you are thinking about that night every day, and are eagerly waiting for the other day when you can drink again, it’s actually occupying your thoughts and distracting you. In such cases, you are not drinking much, but your drinking habits are more disordered. (Image: istock)
04/6What are the side effects?
While gray area drinking is not medically approved, experts state that it may lead to other serious issues, like alcohol use disorder. According to experts, such cases have increased during the pandemic as people were drinking quite often even during the weekdays due to stress and anxiety. (Image: istock)
05/6Signs of gray area drinking
It is not easy to define whether a person is in the gray area drinking condition, but experts feel that there are certain signs that can be used to check if the person is getting towards the gray area or not. One warning sign to check the same is, if you want to cut back on alcohol, but aren’t able to do so. Another sign is, when the person starts questioning him/herself that whether you are drinking too much or not. (Image: istock)
06/6What’s the solution?
In experts’ opinion, the only way out is to talk to a medical expert or even talking about it with friends and family, can help distract the person and make things easier. (Image: istock)
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