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Day 3 of drinkless in D'Wight

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Well, as per the title really, 3 days now and the rundown is as follows

  • Saturday - went to bed at 9pm. Woke up at 2am, up till 5am
  • Sunday - woke up at 11am, did some work on the garden but then could not sleep till 2am.
  • Today - woke up at 9am.

So the major thing for me is not being able to sleep. I guess the drink helped me sleep but googling this drink just helps you get to sleep but you have a bad nights sleep. Dont know which is better to be honest - going to sleep badly after a drink or being awake as I am now. All I know at the moment is that I have not had enough good sleep the last 2 nights.

All the googling is telling me is that it will be like this for a few days to a few weeks then I will crash due to tiredness. Hooray, looking forward to that if its true The problem seems to be finding out any information, its all do generic since its hard to be specific since people are so different. According to 4 surveys I was an alchoholic, 2 more tell me I'm borderline and 6 tell me I havent got a problem.

Bizzarre thing is that I am much more aware of drinking. Last night 3 men in a boat was sponsered by a wine company, I've either never noticed wine advertising before or its new but funny how that came up around the time in the evening when I would normally be considering a glass of wine. Go figure! And don't even get me started on how much of corrie takes place in the pub

So nothing new to report - bought some shoes from clarkes (most excellent), went shopping in morrisons (hell on earth). At least my mood swings still seem to be fully functional

Any one got any recommendations for what to drink in place of drink - diet coke and water is getting real boring, tea I love but there is a limit to how much I can drink.

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  1. Editor's Avatar
    getting exactly the same sleep issues too. What you mean a few weeks?? I bloody well hope not!

    Last time I 'detoxed' was 1st night knackered & moody by 9pm. Slept badly. Next night knackered but not so moody by 9pm. Couldn't sleep so read until 2am & crashed. Next night still going fine by 9, but went to bed. Read & crashed by 11pm. Next night fine.

    If you're counting units a useful thing is one of those small bottles of french biere is one unit as near as.

    Tonic water, bitter lemon, good quality ginger beer, OJ+rasberry & cranberry mixed into equal sparkling min water. Crucial bit is that it has ice in it. Lots of bad things written about diet drinks, esp coke.

    Dumbing it down I was taught to analyze my own 'risky situations' & have an action plan for them. Bored in the evenings is one of them!

    Personally I reckon my mood swings are largely down to sugar levels. Regulation=3 proper meals & proper snacks plus power nap/med at lunch if poss to start if you can meant I could keep going flat out for the next 6 hours plus at work. Vit B supplement also very good. No sugar!

    HTH
  2. katana's Avatar
    Could it be your bg's? When mine decide to play silly buggers its a pain.
  3. Editor's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by katana
    Could it be your bg's? When mine decide to play silly buggers its a pain.
    yeah-that's what I'm hinting at. Perhaps after it's been given a shot at 'stabilising' it might be worth investigating. Both of us actually.

    Changing where you sleep helps. I often use the spare bedrooms if I can't. Perhaps rejig the layout of the caraven? Change is as good as etc. I also find change of lighting makes a simple but dramatic change too. Like many people I vastly prefer a collection of table, standard lamps & uplighter to wall mounted or, ugh, ceiling ones.
  4. go_slow's Avatar
    Thanks guys. I do suspect bg's.
  5. DebtMan's Avatar
    Without sounding critical (I hope I'm not), I'm genuinely amazed at how much people drink of a school night evening. AA 'categorise' alcoholism as when the use/consumption/mis-use of alcohol has a detrimental effect on your life. Knowing a few, including recovered alcoholics by one means or another, I would say that's a good generic catch-all. I'm also wondering if there may be some medical 'test' that may indicate any possible degree of damage that you may or may not have endured, ie. liver function test for example. Though I don't know how you could access that.

    My best friend stopped drinking when he realised that he needed 12 cans a night just to get to sleep!!!
  6. Editor's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by DebtMan
    I'm also wondering if there may be some medical 'test' that may indicate any possible degree of damage that you may or may not have endured, ie. liver function test for example. Though I don't know how you could access that.
    yes there is. Prob have to ask for it.
  7. Big Pete's Avatar
    orange juice and lemonade, or orange juice and ginger ale go well, usually costs more than a beer in the pub tho. Apple juice and lemonade is a rising favourite of mine as well. Good luck with the cutting down on the booze thing, I know how easy it is to get into bad habits when you are lodging away from home
  8. Editor's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Big Pete
    Apple juice and lemonade is a rising favourite of mine as well.(
    just trying that-very good call. Bit more subtle & not so bloomin' sweet as somethings.

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