37 days and feeling fed up

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I have not drank for 37 days now and I'm so fed up, not because I want a drink, I really can see a future without drink, I just thought my panic attacks and anxiety would have passed, but it's the opposite they are worse than they have been for a long time and I can now feel I'm slipping into depression again, been signed off for 10 days due back tomorrow and it's making me feel ill, basically has anybody experienced this and does the anxiety pass, I should say I have had panic attacks for 10 years and I think I used alcohol as a coping strategy, so am scared I may slip back at some point, thanks x

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    Well done for no drinking. That is a hard on to stop, you should be so proud, have you spoke to your doctor about the anxiety or depression as most of the time it can't be done alone
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      Thanks for the reply, have and I'm starting a group workshop on 16th so hopefully that will help, it's so frustrating coz u think u r getting somewhere but then your head has other plans for you
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      I agree, I stopped smoking October and drinking after Xmas, then your body has other plans, good luck with the workshop, hope it helps ☺️
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    Hi Tiliana,

    I also used alcohol to overcome panic and other confidence issues. I took Xanax for two weeks after stopping, but then tapered off.  I also take regular doses of Magnesium and B vitamins. It is important that you now find other outlets and activities to replace the drinking, otherwise you will feel you're missing out on something that you needin order to face life's situations.  Try to find pleasure in things like drinking tea, having a hot bath, using essential oils, taking a walk, reading.  I was amazed how much time I had for doing other things once I stopped drinking every evening, all evening.  My humour also inproved!  

     

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      It's true. I weren't a daily drinker but twice a month I used to drink the weekend. And I just get so tired now that I think my body just stopped liking alcohol. But I did find that harder than cigarettes as cigarettes was a addiction. And alcohol was a habit. So a spot of lunch. Or a unexpected guest and so forth. I am moving soon so once I settle I think I am going to make it top of the lust to get back into training as I love it.
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    Yes, alcohol blocks out so many problems and lets people relax, when otherwise they couldn't.
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      So...if a person has had a clear LFT and only drinks in the evenings to relax, is it so bad?? 
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      It really depends on the person and the state of their internal organs. For me, I will never have a good LFT, so I should not return to drinking.

      If the person is okay internal organ wise, it really depends on what makes them drink and are they going to return to their old ways, a case of déjà vu in whuch case it is a viscious circle that repeats iself. They may be able to take something like Selincro, which dulls the effects, and stops someone wanting so much. However, by dulling the senses, whilst curtailing the amount you drink, it also takes away the enjoyment of it.

      If they just had a bit of a wobble, some very close to them died etc., then there is no reason why they cannot go back to the way they were.

      It all comes down to health, ability to say no, and whether they can become a social drinker. Each and every person is different. That is what the alcohol recovery services, be they the NHS, your GP or specialists should be analysing. But they spend too much time doing that and not actually helping people.

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      I had a clear LFT once and I only drank in the evenings, just rather a lot.

      There is no simple answer to your question. Sure, if someone's liver is fine and they have not become addicted to alcohol, then it is fine to drink in the evenings to relax.

      But that is not a full answer, but it seems to be the one you are seeking, so there, I have given it to you.

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      Thank you.

      I am sorry I pushed you for that...but, like it or not, there will be a lot of people out there who ask the same question.  We must remember that all drinkers are not alcoholics, or even alcohol dependent.  It is not yet a banned substance and  it has its place in society, like it or not. 

      Education is important....putting the fear of god into people is not.

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      I do not wish to put the fear of god into people. I am not like some evangelist ex-smoker who is smug that they have given up and can't see why everyone doesn't do the same.

      But I am a walking advert for what can go wrong. I don't want to stop people drinking (if I could, I would be straight down there with them in the pub or having my glass topped up). I just want to warn them to be careful, it can get a hold of you and time can pass quickly.

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    HI Ann. It is never easy but you have to persevere. What about a treat for yourself?? Something you would not normally do or could not afford and now you can with the money saved! Just a thoght. It is very hard and you have been SO strong so far and please try and keep it up. All the best from Robin
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