and am under huge pressures so am entitled to a drink.
I just wanted to say it's been really helpful to be asked questions by everyone in this thread, and to look at my answers.
Drinking can be great and I am not suggesting that you are not entitled to it but I might suggest that that it is worth us - as forum and if you want to - to look at and think about the pros and cons of using alcohol to self medicate and why you do it and is it right for you at the moment
Hey you started this thread
I asked some questions - because I have sometimes drunk because I have been so BORED and it gave me a break from the boredom - other times and mostly stressed from work and more to do once home
The short term effect is lovely - well in my book - and the taste if you are not to cheap - oh and wine with food especially cheese
I liked drinking on my own - with others - with food without food - hey afternoons can be fun for a few - as can straight after work - etc etc etc
I do sometimes wonder where I would be mentally and in life now if I had not drunk at the level I did
Dead possibly - lighter for sure - maybe in a much better postion because I would have had to find other solutions to my problems and gone down a very different path
I have no idea
And to give perspective I am currently on valium/diazapam and do wonder if I would be better off giving up that and hitting the bottle again
I have not now drunk for about 4 months and have zero desire to - not sure why - but I had been really cutting down since the start of the year and then just stopped really because I knew it stopped me doing other things and especially the exercise one - and also the older you get the less the body can hack it
I am disappointed that the "rewards" of giving up have not been higher in terms of energy levels -but then if the stress is pulling me down then ... ?
I have never been a spirits person - mind the odd bottle of southern comfort sometimes - god that sound nice right now - but I would never do a full bottle
Wine solidly so - open bottle drink bottle - sometimes add extra to it - some beer maybe
And often 7 days a week
At one time many years ago I used to do 2 bottles of wine within an hour of home from work
The escape was lovely - but was probably the wrong escape and only a short term solution and boy did the weight pile one
As I like to say it got me through the days and buggered me up by the weeks and months and years
I was always able to stop and did at times but as a self medication it hit the spot for me
(Getting to be a chunky little forum thread this one)