Posted by: Bev | 2007/04/26

Drunk as a skunk

Please help me. Besides various problems I believe to be phycological due to undue stress placed on me with 2 small children and an anxious mind, I feel I am UNFORTUNATELY losing it.... or FORTUNATELY realising it. I seem to think I have a drinking problem and want to rid myself of it, but do not know if it's real or where to seek help. I have to have ( at the minimum) at least 1 glass of wine at night and panic and go out to buy a bottle if there's nothing in the house. Some nights (ONLY AT NIGHT) if it's there I will pour a glass, (feel better just knowing the bottles there even if I don't feel like it or it tastes bad) others I will pour 5 glasses until I'm feeling very relaxed. I know my husband notices but doesnt say a word (except jokingly) but my problem is I am scared I will need to attend to something urgent at night (on the binge nights) and will not be able too because I don't want to drive. My mom has always had her wine at night and I suppose because I never saw her get "funny" with it I guess it's alright. But I just feel there's this subconcious (probably Holy Spirit) thought coming to me that it's NOT ALRIGHT and I want to try and stop it before it gets out of hand. Will only drink a little at parties or socially but more than I am happy with alone or with family. Any advise? Want to stop it before it begins and gets way out of hand. Please answer.

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Dear Bev
Over use of alchol is just a way of (unhealthily) self medication - you are feeling anxious and the alchohol is making you feel better. But there are healthier and safer treatments available - please talk to your doctor and get a prescription for something like Aropax that will be less addictive or bad for your health. I would not describe you as "alcoholic" yet, so I think if you take medication to make you less anxious, the problem will probably sort itself out.

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Posted by: Bev | 2007/04/26

I forgot to mention. I am a 31 year old female and I DON'T WANT to end up with liver problems or irreversible things I could STOP RIGHT NOW. I also HATE the jaded feeling I have in the morning after these BIG nights. I do love the energy I have on the nights I am a little more disciplined.

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