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Does Alcohol Just Effect Me Differently Now Or Is Something Else Going On?

by Mark
(Tigard, Oregon)

I was drinking heavily for about 10 years before scary things started happening which made me cut back significantly, but I'm looking for some insight or answers regarding my experience. Here are the things that happened to me, even while drinking less than I had in the past.


1) Blackouts - Despite my heavy drinking, I never knew what a "blackout" was, because I had never had one before, so I thought it was just when you passed out from drinking, so to have someone tell me went to someones house for several hours when I thought I walked home from the bar and went to bed was pretty new to me.

2) Confusion - There were times when I left the bar and walked home, and could not find my apartment, which is bizarre because I have made that walk a hundred times and it is not hard to find my apartment. The scary part is I didn't feel drunk and I was fully aware of where I was, but I just kept getting turned around and walking the wrong direction and could not find my apartment.

One time, I ended up at a friends house and asked her to help me find my place because I was lost. She thought I was joking because without a whole lot of effort you can practically see my door from her apartment across the courtyard. It was really scary because I didn't really feel that drunk, I felt like I was losing my mind or going senile. I mean obviously, I walked all the way home from the bar several blocks away without any problems so why couldn't I find my apartment?

3) Sometimes getting very drunk with far less consumption - One example was when my girlfriend came over to my place in the afternoon and I was so drunk she was really mad and just told me off and left.

This would be understandable if I had been sitting around slamming drinks all day and I could understand why she would be mad, the only problem is, I wasn't drinking all day, I only had three drinks over a couple hours before she got there. After she left I was standing there thinking "what the hell happened, I only had a few drinks".

I have had my liver checked since then and according to the doctor, my liver is fine so I don't think it's related to liver damage, but who knows. Can anyone tell me why these things would start happening when I never had any problems before, other than the obvious hangovers if I drank too much the night before? Thank you.

Alcoholism-and-Drug-Addiction-Help.com Answer



You should probably familiarize yourself with the most common effects of consistent alcohol abuse ... and then perhaps get a further battery of tests done to ensure there is no physical explanation. Are you taking any prescribed meds ... often they interfere with alcohol and the side effects can be horrendous.

But it could just be a case of you now paying the price of many years of consistent alcohol abuse. All that alcohol does eventually alter your brain chemistry and your body struggles to process the alcohol as effectively as it used to before ... and the consequences thereof are not nice to say the least.

So you need to be careful you don't end up causing irreversible damage. Best you take a break from all alcohol for a while and see how that goes. And if that's something you struggle with, you probably have a drinking problem more serious than you realize.

Ten years of heaving drinking is going to come with consequences. Hopefully if you make changes now, the long-term effects won't be too damaging. But if you go back to drinking the way you were, the effects you're now experiencing are only likely to get worse and worse.

All the Best

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watching a friend slowly die NEW
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ive watched an ex-friend of mine go slowly downhill over the past few years. It was because her family did not intervene.They actually enabled her behaviour by letting her get away with her vicious attacks on people both verbally and physically.She lives a complete lie , and has a whole other life that her family is unaware of . I tried several times to support her by being her friend and picking her up , getting her out of situations that were harmful for her, and not saying a word.She never once properly thanked me, she has noting to day nice about her family, and its "everyone else" that has done her wrong.....shed never to blame....its disgusting how she acts promiscuous, and Im not going to be her fiend anymore. She is an alchoholic who has ruined every event we have socially been to over the years,and I cant help he anymore.This was a smart women who refused help, now look at her, lost cause.I cant invest another eight years, I have my own kids and they are the most impotant thing in my life.So Sad.I tried.........

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watching a friend slowly die NEW
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ive watched an ex-friend of mine go slowly downhill over the past few years. It was because her family did not intervene.They actually enabled her behaviour by letting her get away with her vicious attacks on people both verbally and physically.She lives a complete lie , and has a whole other life that her family is unaware of . I tried several times to support her by being her friend and picking her up , getting her out of situations that were harmful for her, and not saying a word.She never once properly thanked me, she has noting to day nice about her family, and its "everyone else" that has done her wrong.....shed never to blame....its disgusting how she acts promiscuous, and Im not going to be her fiend anymore. She is an alchoholic who has ruined every event we have socially been to over the years,and I cant help he anymore.This was a smart women who refused help, now look at her, lost cause.I cant invest another eight years, I have my own kids and they are the most impotant thing in my life.So Sad.I tried.........

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It's Not You I'ts Me
by: Anonymous

I'm here looking for the answer to the very same question. I know now that I have GAD/PTSD, and that is why I self medicated for the past 2 decades with alcohol. I never went over board, I would have between 4-8 drinks 3-5 nights out of the week just before bed, sometimes more on the weekend. But something changed and I'm having to put alcohol behind me. I can't explain it but even with 1 or 2 drinks now, and I am out of control text book psychotic mania until the alcohol wears off sometimes longer 12 hours or so. This makes moderation out of the question for me. No longer has a sedative reaction to me just makes me crazy and usually don't remember what I did. The evidence is all around me in things I have destroyed, and emails I've sent. I have felt the need to remind myself of this several times this year, understanding how dangerous it is now for me to touch alcohol and the 20 years+ I went without a single incident it's perplexing. I've been through just about every anti-anxiety medication out there non of them seem to work as well as what a few drinks use to for me. I'd like to know what changed but hopefully I won't feel the need to remind myself again that something has definitely changed. It's like a seemingly perfect relationship that just went south, I take a look at the beer in my fridge and tell it "look it's not you it's me". I go to counseling and have learned to use diet and exercise to cope, and it's fairly easy now but it has taken some getting use to. What I think is that damage has been done neurologically over the course of many years and now I have an acute sensitivity to alcohol, maybe an allergy. It's not fun or relaxing longer, it's dangerous.

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