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since this has started so any comments would help to Start off, I have been a heavy drinker for the past 18-20 years, for the most part, I would typically have a 12 pack (bud light) every other day, always lasting around 4-5 hours and never going past. Most years recently I would do a 30 day cleanse and not drink, never experiencing anything more than increased anxiety, of which i do suffer from. I recently separated from my Fiancee of 15 years this past spring. Since then, my drinking has increased to closer to probably about 2 out of 3 days, and as of just the last month or 2, it increased from 12 to 15-18 beers per setting. I started realizing that it was time to quit, it has cost me a lot already, so I began cutting back in early october. To get to the question, I did not drink on the 10th of October, but I was so bloated that I took magnesium citrate oral drink, which COMPLETELY clears out your digestive track. The following day I felt good, though tired because I was "empty". I skipped breakfast and lunch that day to finish up work and was able to be done with work around 1pm. I decided to meet up with a friend to have a few drinks...that turned into 15 light beers over the course of about 5 hours (typical for my drinking days...), but as I was leaving a crowd showed up and asked me to join them out for a few more drinks, they were driving so i didnt see much wrong with it ( i dont get bad hangovers, but was off work the following day as it was anyway). Well, I still had not eaten, we went to 4 different bars and my guess is that I probably had 2 beers at each place (puts me around 23-24..a lot for me), I say "guess" because i don't even recall being at some of the bars, which NEVER has happened to me, I have always been the type that can recall every word of every conversation that takes place on a night of drinking, which can be frustrating because nobody else ever can and they always want to contradict you, lol. ...Well. after the "blackout" at the bars, we all returned to my house to listen to some music and enjoy a few more drinks, they started after I as 15-16 in so it was not the same level of intoxication. We ended up staying up til past 5AM drinking. Now my drinking rate slowed mightily throughout the night obviously, but my guess is that i had around 28 beers or so, finally going to bed without eating or drinking any fluids. The following day I could not get out of bed, which can be expected. However, the hangover kept going...and going. Day 4 I still felt off...day 6-7 same, then I decided to have 6-8 beers out back over a fire to see if I could clear it up and just relax. That was 5 days ago...Since I have had the worst headache and obsessive thoughts that i may have damaged my brain the week prior by drinking so much on an empty stomach and not eating or drinking any water afterwards. Since i overindulged so greatly, can this be alcohol withdrawal or could it be more serious? Could it be a nutrition/chemical issue due to lack of nutrients/fluids to my organs during my drink-a-thon? Or could it be worse, could it be a type of brain damage from such over indulgence that occurred after years of regular alcohol intake? I apologize for the lengthy story, but have been obsessed with it in my head (and my memory has been shot the past few weeks) and wanted to speak my mind to anyone that would listen and may have answers. I know I should see my Dr, and i do have scheduled bloodwork later this week with him for my Hypothyroidism (which was greatly e;elevated a few weeks back), but I have a difficult time speaking with him over this particular issue bc I am an insurance underwriter and I know exactly what those notes would mean for any future policies for life/DI/long-term care. I have been full of regret and despair. As I noted I have long been an anxiety sufferer (with panic attacks), and have felt so much stress since that long night, could it be the stress playing such a large role. Thanks again everyone, I have been a long time reader on this site, but just officially registered this morning looking for help.
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