Simply put, alcohol is a huge burden (no additional details required). From the moment someone dares to take that first drink, this individual is putting themselves at risk for developing future problems with this beverage, which can (in an unfortunate twist) include substance abuse and addiction. Even worse, when a person goes on a drinking spree, they will begin to lose all control, and what is their reward? The very next day, they have awakened to the agonizing pain and exhaustion of a hangover. So, what could possibly make this situation even worse? How about we add an overwhelming series of bills stacked up from alcohol-induced purchases online? While this may sound ludicrous, studies have confirmed that drunk people will spend more money much faster, resulting in something simply called a “financial hangover.” Let’s take a closer look and find out more.
Drink More, Spend More
Based on a recent study conducted by the Archstone Recovery Center, if people log onto Amazon while they are drunk, they will start to spend a ton of money on loads of pointless material goods. In an interesting twist, the amount of money people spend is also directly linked to their drink of choice. For example:
- People who prefer gin habitually spend over $82.
- People who prefer red wine spend $42 while white wine lovers can spend $46.
- Whiskey drinkers can spend up to $40.
- Beer drinkers spent the least amount of money at $40 or less.
Perhaps one of the biggest reasons for this “financial hangover” is the simple fact that shopping is so easy. Nowadays, one-click shopping and credit cards allow us to make purchases in the blink of an eye, and this ease of access only fuels the fire of a drunken shopper. In fact, in March 2018, Finder.com determined that 50% of 2,000 Americans who took part in a survey had purchased something while under the influence of booze.
Time and Place Is Everything
Besides being a pain, online shopping can be very expensive, especially for the drunk person who goes on a shopping spree. In the same study, Finder.com confirmed that the average American can spend $447.57 while intoxicated (nearly double from the results in 2017). Even more interesting, a study from Racked.com determined that Lyst (an online clothing store) gets nearly 48% of its orders after midnight, specifically around 2:00 AM on Saturdays.
Always remember that alcohol does not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your alcohol abuse or addiction troubles today.