Binge Drinkers Who Can’t Stop?
& The New Problem
1, The ‘fish’, always has binged drank
2, The ‘bottle of wine every night at home drinker’
3, The cocaine user who gets drunk, has a line to sober up.
Binge Drinkers, The Fish
Most of us were first exposed to alcohol when we started going out with our mates, we overdid it one night and in the morning decided “Never again” and next time we were out we slowed down and drank less.
We feared the hangover, the throwing up and the room spinning. Over time we learned to find the amount of drink we could tolerate.
Yet in your group of friends there may have been ‘the fish’ you know the person who just kept going and didn’t seem to suffer any side effects or hangovers.
Yes, they may have been the one who danced on the table or worse and they seemed to be a lot of fun to be around. Well, earlier on in the evening at least.
I see a lot of these “fish” in my clinic as overtime they realise they don’t remember much of their evenings. Perhaps they’ve been known to black out.
Females worry they could be attacked and they wouldn’t even know. Males the same, and both may have been told they are aggressive nasty drunks or an embarrassment to be around in that state.
It is all in the planning really. Binge drinkers thinks;
“I’m going to get wrecked/hammered/slaughtered tonight”
They may try to be good but the overriding direction is a subconscious decision already made. It’s a road they have always gone down.
Trying to not drink to excess won’t work unless you have a plan in place beforehand. As soon as you have one drink your ‘sensible internal dialogue’ is off. Replaced by thoughts of “It’s time to party, you only live once, yeah get me another…”
The Bottle A Night Drinker…
Another kind of binge drinker is the bottle of wine most nights at home drinker. Often when they come for help, they say they are depressed but haven’t got any reason to be.
When we wean them off their habit and put boundaries in ie ‘No drinking midweek…ever.’ Unless a mega special occasion. Weirdly their depression goes. Not weird at all as alcohol is a depressant.
Alcohol had become their switch off for the end of the day and may have started out as just one glass giving them a nice relaxing feeling or as a help treat whilst cooking tea for everyone else and they would leave the rest of the bottle in tact.
But because they have no plan, it’s easy for intake to creep up and have just one more glass and then, “Oh well, I may as well finish the bottle” As humans we feel a certain satisfaction when we finish things.
Mornings have a heavier feeling, but by lunchtime they are planning which shop to drop in to get tonights bottle.
Tolerance grows and at weekends it can go up to one and a half or even two bottles. People reason to themselves “I’ve worked hard all week I deserve this”
A New Kind Of Binge Drinker
A new kind of binge drinker is on the scene nowadays. The one who gets drunk and then has a line or two of cocaine to sober up and it does do that. Well, sort of they become alert and awake as cocaine is a stimulant and alcohol a depressant.
This becomes a habit, maybe once twice a month, then every weekend, then perhaps as they fear the comedown of cocaine, they start having lines during the day.
Maybe consuming a bottle of vodka, then the cocaine. Many do this whilst running a business. What a slippery slope they are on.
There is a much better way. We can help sort out your drinking and other addictions.