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Re: [Special guest] Thinking about Drinking with Hello Sunday Morning

We've talked about drinking culture and how for a lot of people it's just something that we do without thinking too much about it. Have you ever thought about your relationship with alcohol and what are some things to think about if you decide to think about it?


I have thought about my relationship with alcohol, especially when I was younger. It came down to how it was affecting my life at the time. I think it is important to evaluate our relationship with alcohol when it starts to effect small things in our lives, as this could be a sign of bigger issues in the future.

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Re: [Special guest] Thinking about Drinking with Hello Sunday Morning

Have you ever thought about your relationship with alcohol? What are some things you might think about if you reflected on your drinking habits?

I might think about how I feel pressured sometimes so I give in, and how I can also be the pressurer in certain situations without realising at the time. Sometimes I go out planning to have a couple of drinks and end up gone, so I kinda have to learn to stand my ground a bit
//You can stay afraid, or slit the throat of fear and be brave//

Re: [Special guest] Thinking about Drinking with Hello Sunday Morning


@Ben-RO wrote:

We've talked about drinking culture and how for a lot of people it's just something that we do without thinking too much about it. Have you ever thought about your relationship with alcohol and what are some things to think about if you decide to think about it?

 

I think if bad stuff happens that's related to alcohol it's probably a sign. Or you drink to avoid or deal with feelings that's not a good sign.

 

I reckon there's also times when things might all be good, but maybe it could be bad longer term. I know there's a bunch of facts and figures out there that say over a certain amount is probably not going to be good for you in the longer run. Perhaps @Briony-HSM can enlighten us a little! 

 

Also, how bad is a hangover for you long term @Briony-HSM. What about 10 hangovers?

 


Good questions @Ben-RO - sooo if you go to our website you can fill out an audit on how much you drink per week

here - it will tell you whether you fall into a 'high risk' category or lower risk. Generally my concern if someone is drinking a lot is things like mood (as alcohol affects the levels of dopamine in your brain so you will find it harder to regulate your emotions), your immune system, levels of fatigue and of course things like cancer and liver and kidney disease - but this is more of a concern for older adults.

In young people the issues are often around relationships and high risk behavior (like getting into fights or having drunken misadventures) - basically alcohol can make us much more impulsive and bring all our emotions to the surface - but when they come to the surface all at once they can be really overhwhelming! (we've all been there). 

 

As for hangovers - i'm not a doctor but it is really your body trying to process all the alcohol you've drunk! Lots of people I know describe feeling really anxious, which makes sense as our brains are trying to regain balance again after a night of drinking. Alcohol is technically poisonous, so how we feel when we're hungover makes sense. Often a day or two later we feel ok but backing up night after night means our bodies never get a chance to recover.....so that can be really bad for you. 

 

Long term I've seen people with alchol related ABIs (aquired brain injuries) where they have drunk so much for so long they have lots of problems with memory, they have tremors and of course their livers and kidneys aren't working properly. Sorry, that is really depressing but it definitely hits home how important moderation can be - but also how addictive alcohol can be if a person continues to drink even after they have developed these problems. 

 

On the plus side, just like smoking, once we cut back and start looking after ourselves we can repair a lot of the damage we've done, particularly in terms of mood - our brains tend to bounce back and respond really well to having less alcohol Smiley Happy 

Re: [Special guest] Thinking about Drinking with Hello Sunday Morning

Have you ever thought about your relationship with alcohol? What are some things you might think about if you reflected on your drinking habits?

I think it is pretty important to regularly reflect on your drinking habits and the reasons you are drinking. I've noticed a lot of people at times (including myself) kind of put themselves in the box of not having "drinking problems" and because of this not reflecting on their relationship with alcohol.

Some things I would consider are:

  • How much am I drinking?
  • Why am I drinking this amount?
  • What would happen/how would I feel if I didn't drink this amount?
  • How is this impacting on my physical health and how I am feeling the next day?
  • Am I doing things that I regret the next day?

Re: [Special guest] Thinking about Drinking with Hello Sunday Morning

Have you ever thought about your relationship with alcohol? What are some things you might think about if you reflected on your drinking habits?

 

Until recently not really. But in the last couple of years I've taken more of a look. The trigger for me was actually Hello Sunday Morning funnily enough. I was like "wtf does Hello Sunday Morning mean" And then someone explained how it means not being hung over and thus having your Sunday mornings to do stuff. That was enough to get me noticing that i was scheduling Sunday mornings to be hungover and the rest is history! 

 

Some of the things i started thinking about were:

  • how often was actually healthy or safe for me 
  • why did i like to drink and how much did it have to do with having anxiety 
  • were there good reasons for drinking
  • was there impacts of drinking that i didn't notice

Re: [Special guest] Thinking about Drinking with Hello Sunday Morning


@May_ wrote:

Time for the next question....

We've talked about drinking culture and how for a lot of people it's just something that we do without thinking too much about.

Have you ever thought about your relationship with alcohol? What are some things you might think about if you reflected on your drinking habits?


For sure - it is something that we all have to do at some point. I know that it is a huge part of our social culture, as anyone who has not been drinking at a party or celebration knows, it can quickly become the focus of attention. I was at a dinner the other night and the number of times the host offered me wine, and said how sad he was that I wasn't going to be able to have a good time, was amazing. The funny thing was that I was having a great time and just didn't want to be hungover and tired before I played soccer the next day. But everyone was really sad for me and it became this huge topic of conversation - really hit home how hard non-drinkers have it every day! 

My sense is that when we are young we drink to be able to socialise, and we don't tend to see the impacts - but later on when our lives settle down a bit, we can start to think about it a bit more. I suppose as others have said, if your drinking isn't benifitting you, and you can see that a lot of bad situations have arisen from times you've been drinking, then that is a sign that some thinking about it is needed!

 

Re: [Special guest] Thinking about Drinking with Hello Sunday Morning

Yeah totally agree @Briony-HSM I went out for dinner with a few friends from work a couple months back - I had to drive to the dinner because I was out that way and couldn't go home, dinner was ok, I could get away with having coke but then they wanted to go out a bit. All these work friends were like just leave your car here, lets lock it at work and you can go get it, that's no fun, it was really annoying
//You can stay afraid, or slit the throat of fear and be brave//

Re: [Special guest] Thinking about Drinking with Hello Sunday Morning

@Ben-RO can definitely relate to the scheduling Sunday mornings....well not just the mornings...for recovery. I didn't know this was such a common thing that someone made an org about it hehe

Re: [Special guest] Thinking about Drinking with Hello Sunday Morning

One of them even said to me "if you drink now you'll sober up by the time you want to go home". I was like um I'm not risking that
//You can stay afraid, or slit the throat of fear and be brave//

Re: [Special guest] Thinking about Drinking with Hello Sunday Morning

Next question...

 

5. If someone was to decide to cut back on drinking, what could be some of the things that might make it tricky?