“Things are going well. I have been doing a lot of thinking over the last week and took into account a lot of the comments people posted. My first port of call was the assistance service offered to employees by my employer, I did what was termed an AUDIT test which takes into account dependence, behaviours and indication of how people are with alochol.
The scoring system used is 1-40 and anything over 18 is considered problem drinking, I’m a 20! Friends (drinkers and non drinkers alike) have told me that I am being too harsh on myself but intuitively there is something telling me I should be looking at it and changing my relationship. Thinking about it long and hard what do I want to do? The alcohol culture is entrenched in the Irish psyche, telling people I was not drinking was met with a chorus of ‘What is wrong with you, are you sick?’ to people asking me for permission for them to drink ! Never did I mention I had a problem with other people drinking, I don’t in fact I’m wired to the moon as I discovered recently on a night out not drinking.
“I never considered myself a problem drinker at all. On an average night out I could have 8-10 pints which to me appeared normal but from reading up and learning it appears any more than 3.5 pints of beer is binging (seriously?). I have an appointment next week with a counsellor to tease out where I am and strike that balance. I’m going away on a few trips and I want a few beers, not because I crave them but because I enjoy them. My problem seems to stem from two things – I drink way too fast and flood my body with too much alcohol at once and I have associated alcohol with always having a good time which is not true at all! I do consider myself a moderate drinker with bad habits and compared to speaking to others I’m not at the bad end of the scale but I will know for definite midweek :)”
“………..a regular contributor. Bit of a serious post for me, I’m looking at giving up alcohol, have done the whole binge drinking but after….last weekend, I was smashed and beligerent, I don’t remember anything…What tips have people got about giving up? Have found some good sites and advice and I’m seeking out professional help. Alcohol never has really played a big part in my life, it’s just something that I have had while I was socialising and yes I know and my friends know, I dont need it cos’ I”M larger than life!!”
[A press release from Drinkaware.ieMEAS (Mature Enjoyment of Alcohol in Society) today]
“Ms. Fionnuala Sheehan, the head of drinkaware.ie/MEAS, compares the exclusion of the drinks industry from Alcohol Awareness Week to the past persecution of black people and Irish people. Might be a bit of a stretch.”
Photographer Fabian Oefner adds a few drops of alcohol to a glass, ignites the vapour and captures the resulting plumes (which look oddly similar to x-rays of the of the human brain cortex) in a series of high speed shots.