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I know that drinking while on meds is an issue, but I would like to separate that from this thread and just ask a question regarding addiction.

I only recently started drinking. I usually have just one "light" drink, but have had days were I went up to three. I drink once a week to once every other week at a local pub. I drink alone. I am afraid that keeping alcohol in the house will make me want to drink more frequently.

The thing is I like alcohol because I like the way it tastes. I do not get a big rush from it. I do however, have days when I crave a drink. Badly.

Is this a bad sign, especially since I haven't been drinking very long?

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You've got two big red flags: drinking alone and craving a drink. I would be careful if I were you.

Also, although you might not want to hear it, drinking on meds is a bad idea, and drinking on lithium can affect your lithium level since alcohol acts as a diuretic.

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jt07,

I was rather worried about the craving part. I know I've been drinking more than recommended. My Pdoc said I could have a VERY occasional drink (like at a social function) but even then she doesn't like the idea. So more than recommended means more than zero.

Not what I want to hear, but better careful than in rehab.

Thanks.

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Poem....the thing about drinking is it is readily accessible....alcohol is so very easy to obtain. As JT highlighted, I would be really careful...drinking alone and craving is a dangerous combination that has the potential to insidiously curtail your day to day functioning.

 

EDIT: and yeah...alcohol definitely can taste really good.....especially in certain contexts like having ice cold beer after exercising hard or with an occasional cigarette

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So...I really want to have a drink. I miss my weekly excursion. Do you think it would be bad to go back to that particular place? It is a family friendly restaurant/bar. I mean, I could just order a soda, right?

Or do you think it would just tempt me to drink once I got there?

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1 hour ago, Poem said:

So...I really want to have a drink. I miss my weekly excursion. Do you think it would be bad to go back to that particular place? It is a family friendly restaurant/bar. I mean, I could just order a soda, right?

Or do you think it would just tempt me to drink once I got there?

I think that if you associate that particular place with drinking alcohol, you're setting yourself up for a slip by going there.

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17 hours ago, MiaB said:

I think that if you associate that particular place with drinking alcohol, you're setting yourself up for a slip by going there.

Thank you MiaB. I will try my utmost to stay away.

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On 12/12/2016 at 3:32 PM, hamster said:

Poem....the thing about drinking is it is readily accessible....alcohol is so very easy to obtain. As JT highlighted, I would be really careful...drinking alone and craving is a dangerous combination that has the potential to insidiously curtail your day to day functioning.

 

EDIT: and yeah...alcohol definitely can taste really good.....especially in certain contexts like having ice cold beer after exercising hard or with an occasional cigarette

Yeah hamster, that is my problem. I really like the taste of alcohol.

I like being able to go and get a cold drink when I feel like it, but it is way too accessible. Just walking down my main street there are two bars and a liquor store!

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You aren't drinking very much in terms of the quantity, but it seems to be starting to get a bit habitual.  The fact that you are worried shows it.  I'd say at least stick with your doctor's advice of only drinking at social occasions on occasion at all.

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Well, I am proud to say that I have not had a drink since I wrote this post. Doesn't mean I won't get the urge later on, but for now I have been able to stay away and my Pdoc knows I am trying not to fall into the drinking trap.

Thanks everyone.

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So I went out last night and didn't have a drink. Maybe I think this is the first time In my entire life. 24 years. I have to admit the dinner was awesome and kind of great with coke. Not the drug. And I am so freakin proud.

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Good for you @t3chhy_guy92

*Possible trigger*

On the other hand...I broke down.

I had a couple of drinks this last week. Had been craving them for awhile. Learned that even 1/2 of a 12 oz bottle of my preferred drink sends me to an even bigger insomnia heaven than the one I exist in already. I felt really sick all over. So what do I do? I drink another one a couple of days later. Same story. I don't know if it was mania making me want booze, or if it was the booze making me manic. In any case, the meds I'm taking now really don't do well with drink (big surprise). I'm ashamed of myself. It is like I have this deep urge to self-destruct and I don't know why. Does anyone else feel like that?

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23 hours ago, Poem said:

@t3chhy_guy92

On the other hand...I broke down.

I had a couple of drinks this last week. Had been craving them for awhile. Learned that even 1/2 of a 12 oz bottle of my preferred drink sends me to an even bigger insomnia heaven than the one I exist in already. I felt really sick all over. So what do I do? I drink another one a couple of days later. Same story. I don't know if it was mania making me want booze, or if it was the booze making me manic. In any case, the meds I'm taking now really don't do well with drink (big surprise). I'm ashamed of myself. It is like I have this deep urge to self-destruct and I don't know why. Does anyone else feel like that?

I'm dealing with a similar issue :-( My meds are making my tolerance close to 0 and I've been a regular drinker (not excessive or alcoholic by any means, yet "regular" as in previously, at least 3-6 drinks per week). I've got down to 2 per week and must cut down completely because of the crappy headaches, sick feeling & dehydration from my meds. I have bad side effects and then I simply forget about said side effects.

I don't know how to stop completely!! I avoid bars, I drink alot of seltzer water and do not keep alcohol at home, but socializing/meetups involve alcohol...BBQ parties involve alcohol, so many foods taste BETTER with alcohol...I like the taste of alcohol (I hate soda, juice or any sugary drinks). Honestly, it may sound bizarre, but beer quenches my thirst. I am not trying to destroy myself.  I need a list of tips on quitting and need to put new habits into place.

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Hey @blabla the facto alcohol is a poison and not neccesaary by bodily functions. I also avoid bars and places with outstanding alcohol abuse. It doesnt solve your problems , and it never will. Im newly medicated and havent had a drink since, and plan to keep it clean and sober. 

Just drink water lol society can just f themseves.

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If you think you have a problem you have a problem. I've been married to an alcoholic for over 20 years. He keeps trying to be a social drinker when the truth is that's impossible for him. Then he says , "I had a little slip up." There are no little slip ups.just A a long slide downhill.Life will never be trouble or temptation free. One must wake up and commit everyday. EVERYDAY. You may not think AA is your cup of tea but no other program will be there everyday, morning and night. And no other people will understand your problem as well.

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@ontheverge Thank you for posting here. You are right. Slip ups with alcohol are just feeding the beast. I am trying very hard to nip this in the bud on my own, but will consider AA if I can't get through this. 

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Anyone else have a hell of a time on Saint Patrick's day? I kept thinking about all those people at bars. Ugh.

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Pretty much stayed in and wondering about what evberybody else was doing. Glad thags over with. Caught up with the family on sunday, went well.

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