Holiday Memories May Increase Alcohol Consumption, Risky Decisions, Cautions Chapters Capistrano

Holiday festivities may trigger painful memories putting people at risk for excessive drinking and unintentional accidents, says Chapters Capistrano.

Dec 23, 2015, 05:00 ET from Chapters Capistrano

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., Dec. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- For many, the holidays mean celebrating with friends and family, exchanging gifts, and indulging in delicious food. But they can also elicit memories that some would rather forget and may lead them to drink in an effort to cope. Holiday parties can turn from fun and upbeat to danger at home or on the roads. Chapters Capistrano has released a statement to the press regarding the uptick in drinking over the holidays and the risks it poses.

"During the holidays, many people – especially those who are prone to alcoholism – tend to reflect on past relationships, trauma, and even the death of loved ones," says Marvin Kimble, intake and admissions coordinator at the Orange County drug and alcohol rehab center. "Then they use these past issues in a way that justifies their actions and gives them an excuse to drink the way they want to. It is usually only when something negative happens that the person sees how their drinking affects others."

Unfortunately many people overindulge at parties as a way to numb their emotions and then end up getting behind the wheel, notes Kimble. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 10,000 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2010, and these crashes cost in excess of an estimated $37 billion annually. Breaking down these figures, one person dies every 51 minutes as a result of drunk driving.

"It can be difficult to deal with the flood of emotions that occur over the holidays," says Susie Shea, co-owner of Chapters Capistrano. "Drinking can seem like a quick fix because the alcohol is available and you can blend in with the crowd. But it's not a solution, and you can end up having even more regrets."

Shea encourages people to be more mindful this season, especially if they know friends or family members are having a difficult time. Having plenty of non-alcoholic drinks at parties, offering a compassionate ear, or doing something thoughtful to brighten their day can help. Also, don't let someone drive while intoxicated. If their drinking has become problematic, express concern while they are sober and be supportive of seeking treatment.

"Chapters understands how alcoholism affects the family and individual," asserts Kimble. "We help treat underlying issues so the loop of negativity is closed during treatment and thinking about the past no longer gives the alcoholic an excuse to drink, but offers them an excuse to recover. The holidays don't have to be marred by the past; you can develop more effective ways of coping that allow you to enjoy the season in sobriety."

Chapters Capistrano, a luxury rehab center that is located in the city of San Clemente in Orange County, California, with two beautiful ocean-view homes. Specializing in all types of substance abuse, Chapters offers flexible treatment programs that are designed to offer greater confidence in addiction recovery. With a thorough approach to detox, counseling and mental health, this center has delivered many success stories. In addition to offering alternative approaches to conventional recovery, Chapters is also recognized for providing guest comfort with exceptional accommodations, private rooms and cell and laptop allowance. Those searching to begin a new "Chapter" in addiction recovery are encouraged to contact the facility today.

SOURCE Chapters Capistrano