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Marymead Posted 5 months ago
Does anyone else worry about drinking alcohol?

I don’t consider myself a heavy drinker (couple of wines most nights) but I do wonder what harm I might be doing myself. 🤔 I love a glass at the end of the day and I struggle to sleep without it 🙃

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    • Pennypitstop 15th February 2022 at 11:27 pm

      Sorry to be a bore, if you need 2 glasses to sleep now it will eventually become 3 glasses then 4 ………alcohol is not good and having it daily is a slippery slope. Don’t get me wrong its great to have a few tipples when socialising but using it for sleeping is not good.It also depends on the size of the glasses, how many bottles is it a week. I think you are on the right road to stopping because you are questioning it by asking the question on here.
      If you can’t sleep without it then try anti histamines for a week or so to get yourself back in to a good sleep pattern. (Sominex is a good one). Hope this helps 🙂

      • Marymead 16th February 2022 at 5:24 pm

        I’ve ordered some Sominex – thank you for the advice 🙂

        • Pennypitstop 16th February 2022 at 6:45 pm

          Wonderful it will help you get in to a better sleep routine and you can then use it occasionally if you feel the need, going to bed and getting up at the same time everyday is important too. I hope it works for you, it maybe tricky at first but you will be glad you changed your routine.Keeping the alcohol for socialising is much more fun 🙂 Good Luck Marymead.

    • Mark S 16th February 2022 at 4:51 pm

      A glass of wine does no harm if you drink with food. If you consume over 4 units a day or 4 or more glasses of wine on an empty stomach, this is doing you no good.

      • Chi 22nd February 2022 at 11:42 pm

        Please don’t take this the wrong way (I am not trying to pick a fight) but where do you get these figures from? NHS says 3-4 units/day for men, and 2-3 for women. Problem is, how many people know what a unit actually is? A regular (measured) glass of wine is over 2 units!

        I am sure you did not intend to mislead but putting figures out there can be dangerous because they are too easy to believe. And we shouldn’t treat alcohol with such nonchalance.

    • Mo001 16th February 2022 at 5:25 pm

      It will be a very difficult habit to break if you genuinely love wine.

      If your just drinking out of boredom or for an emotional reason then I think it would be a lot easier to break the cycle.

      But when we love something the habit can feel impossible to break.
      Good luck whatever you decide to do.

    • Ropey 16 16th February 2022 at 6:49 pm

      All your comments from people who don’t under stand ,I’m just the same as you and can’t sleep ! Wine really helps and I no it not good for you but not having any sleep is not good for you ,I’ve tried every off the counter sleep tabs lots off things on line sleeping tables from Docter nothing works so I no how you fill ,and no I don’t drink every night just when I need a few hours sleep !if any off you have a solution please I and this lady would love to heard about them ,oh yes meditation, sleep music as well !

      • Anonymous User (no longer active) 18th February 2022 at 4:32 pm

        Exercise for a key for me to sleep. I try to do something most days. Also cutting out caffeine and alcohol was a definite help for me. I also have a rule now of absolutely no phone or iPad an hour at least before bed. I read a book and do not use a kindle or such device even on the low light setting…

        • Chi 22nd February 2022 at 11:45 pm

          Good for you! Likewise, I sleep really well on nights after I have exercised. If I go more than 2 days without exertion then I get restless and feel sluggish. It is not easy sometimes but you know for sure you will feel better after doing something active.

    • Annoymice 18th February 2022 at 11:19 am

      Try the drink free days app, it encourages you to not drink on some days (free app) If you are doing a couple of glasses every night that you’ll be over the recommended limit of 14 units per week.

      If you can’t sleep or wake up. I have found the following helps; exercise, going to bed at a reasonable same time. Making sure that the room isn’t too hot. No TV in the bedroom. Having a book by the bed to write down worries. I also found a stressful job wasn’t helping. Having a hot chocolate or a bath to replace the habit of alchol.

      Most women I know going through the menopause have found lack of sleep to be the trigger to start taking HRT, oestrogen cream etc. An underactive thyroid can disturb your sleep. So there may be a medical cause.

      Go to the doctor, as you might have breathing issues that are causing low quality sleep.

      Not be able to sleep is horrible as it affects your whole outlook, I hope you find something that works for you.

    • Anonymous User (no longer active) 18th February 2022 at 4:27 pm

      I gave up 14 months ago. I wasn’t a big drinker in the scheme of things but after a weekend – a bottle of wine a night and the odd glass of a week night I was starting to feel sluggish and not sleeping very well. I did miss it for the first few months but now I have no intention of starting again. Getting through a couple of holidays and Christmas without was massive achievement for me. Each to their own but I’m 56 now and feeling pretty good on the whole! 🙂

    • Stantheman 19th February 2022 at 9:39 am

      I would not worry,I have a bottle a wine a day,I don’t consider myself an alcoholic ,it just does not taste the same with my cereals in the mornings😎

    • Naz 19th February 2022 at 4:25 pm
    • VickiLynne 20th February 2022 at 8:53 am

      I became allergic to alcohol – if I drink I get a seriously bad reaction. I can get away with the very odd small glass of something but tbh I don’t see the point. I loved a drink and did find it difficult initially due to social pressure from others. It’s hard not to drink when people are trying to make you have one!

    • Renoir64 22nd February 2022 at 9:00 am

      Phrases like ‘wine-oclock’ and ‘a cheeky glass’ have normalised the consumption of alcohol at home and on a regular basis.
      A glass of wine a night every night means exceeding the 14 units max as recommended for good health.
      I have lost a very good friend to Cirrhosis of the liver he drank at home only
      Whenever I’m asked when forms are being filled out about alcohol it’s the same there isn’t a box
      I’m not tea total but I often go for months without a drink but then I’ll have a pint or a glass of wine with a meal on occasion
      But I have good health and have always had no issue sleeping
      It’s not for me to lecture others about their lifestyle but one needs to be honest with yourself about real levels of consumption.

      • Chi 22nd February 2022 at 11:49 pm

        I totally agree. We joke about boozing but it ain’t a laughing matter. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy an occasional drink but the banter surrounding alcohol is harmful.

        I lost a friend very recently through alcohol, hence my interest in this thread.

    • Sonny1234 4th March 2022 at 12:08 pm

      I don’t worry about it at all , I go out to socialise with friends when I can on a weekend , I am a shift worker so I cannot manage every weekend because I never drink when I am working , I never used to drink at home but that changed during the pandemic , although I limit mine to a couple of cans of Guinness or a Baileys , I have a deep mistrust of people who brag about being teetotal or people who do not go into pubs or clubs as I wonder how they relax & unwind , I enjoy alcohol, it helps me relax & unwind, some of my best memories are in pubs with friends laughing & enjoying company,
      only if you think you have an issue with it , it then becomes a worry , especially if it impacts your work or family life .

    • Johnb54 4th March 2022 at 12:49 pm

      The thing with alcohol isn’t always the quantity it’s more to do with being dependent on alcohol. Have you tried meditation to calm you?

    • Smiley60 4th March 2022 at 1:52 pm

      I find it difficult to understand that as a society we are horrified at the shameful act of ” smoking weed” which is still illegal , yet we continue to glamourize the use of alcohol, which costs the NHS and police force millions of pounds to control.

    • Sue Devon 4th March 2022 at 7:36 pm

      Mary, reading your post you appear mostly concerned about sleep.
      As I’m sure you’re aware lots of things affect sleep, age, health, activity, stress, room temperature, comfort, not being tired enough etc. try looking at each of these and see what you can improve. Not everyone needs the same sleep, if not tired try waiting until you are and look up working with short amounts of sleep then expanding this.
      Remember Alcohol can disturb sleep too.
      I believe drinking and being unable to sleep are different things best treated that way.
      It is possible not to drink and still sleep as well as drink and not sleep as well as drink and sleep 🙂

    • Patrington1a 6th March 2022 at 2:17 pm

      Get a grip woman…….

    • Patrington1a 6th March 2022 at 2:23 pm

      Try, either designing or rearranging something at home as you lay your head on the pillow. You will drop off naturally. I personally design my garden every night. I drop off within minutes. My gardens still a tip but at least I can sleep.hope this helps.

    • IcloudSuz 8th March 2022 at 7:25 am

      This is such an interesting thread. I drink wine – very quickly unfortunately and I know it’s a cycle I want to break. I feel great from a good sleep, drink wine that evening have a rubbish sleep. Feel awful the next day so don’t drink, then feel great so have a glass of vino.

      What is interesting is if we substitute alcohol in this conversation for another addictive drug which does physical and mental harm – say heroin. Would this thread be as accommodating in this discussion or have people made alcohol the acceptable drug of choice?

    • Gosia 8th March 2022 at 10:00 am

      OMG, this is an addiction and you know it. I don’t judge you, just said after my experience of 10 years working with alcoholics.

      • Smiley60 5th May 2022 at 11:23 am

        Then you know only to well the damage alcohol can cause both to the individual and society in general …not sure smoking a joint has the same impact ?

    • Anonymous User (no longer active) 8th March 2022 at 2:19 pm

      Here is your brain on alcohol … bon appetite 😜 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f954qZZxK9E

      any mood altering substance is a drug … as it messes with your brain and body chemistry … this whole nation is in utter denial about their alcoholism & addiction levels … being deemed ‘normal’ … well it is not … not for your body … as it is the No.1 cause of brain injury … yes that’s right. … and as any mood & body-chemistry altering substance it is addictive and highly toxic … so a glass here and there and moderation may be ok for some – but is often not an option if someone has already an addictive personality or generally no body consciousness and discipline… well that’s the short version. if you ever want to see brain scans of even moderate drinkers, google it… it’ll scare the living daylight out of you.

    • SBraveheart 8th March 2022 at 6:25 pm

      I sometimes worry about spilling it.
      I’m pretty sure that doesn’t cout.

    • CF10-Hels 26th March 2022 at 8:40 pm

      I don’t worry about alcohol, I do question my lack of it though 😂

    • Gerard371 26th March 2022 at 9:24 pm

      People make excuses for why they do certain things or need certain things.
      Deep down you know drinking alcohol every night isn’t good for you.
      That’s why you posted this, and people who reassure you that it’s ok aren’t doing you any favours.

      Go without drinking for a week. Exercise in the day by doing walks etc, so your body is tired and wants to sleep.

    • Freeflyer 27th March 2022 at 8:49 am

      I don’t really have any problems sleeping, with or without having had a drink. But we have got into the habit of having a small glass of wine with our evening meal – it’s almost always Sangria which is just 5%. For no other reason than because we both developed a taste for it when on holiday in Spain.

      I do sometimes worry that it may not be good for us but it’s what my son calls “adult pop”, lol. We never have any if we’ve been out on the bikes and popped into a pub for a lunch break because although I only drink fruit juice then my husband does have a beer, or two. I do think moderation is the key and know how easy it is to let drinking get out of control – as back in the Lockdowns when nothing felt “real” for a very long time.

    • SBraveheart 27th March 2022 at 1:58 pm

      Just worry about spilling your glass and get on with it.
      I used to do exactly the same as you Mary and have the same thought.
      I was wrong. 🍷 🥃 Hic !

    • Hillside 27th March 2022 at 4:31 pm

      I also enjoyed a wine most nights, have now decided to have a drink over the weekend, will see how I get on.

    • Anonymous User (no longer active) 13th April 2022 at 9:49 am

      I really worry about drinking alcohol Mary
      I have 2 hands and only one mouth 😂

    • Morning Sun 14th April 2022 at 7:33 am

      Hi Mary,
      I go through phases where I could slip into drinking wine on too many evenings, so reign it in if I feel like that.
      Prosecco’s my thing!
      I drink socially once or twice a week, but tend not to keep wine in the house incase I’m tempted to open it on week nights.
      I sometimes get a lower alcohol version of bubbly, which is ghastly as wine goes, but tricks my brain enough while I’m cooking 😂
      Your gp would prescribe something to help with sleep, hopefully the antihistamine will help.
      All the best!

    • SouthernSoftie 14th April 2022 at 5:38 pm

      If you worry about the drinking maybe it is time to cut back…
      Worry in itself is a toll on our body..
      A little of what you fancy though is a good thing..

    • Tracy Brighten 2nd May 2022 at 12:24 pm

      I’m sure people are well-meaning, but I’m concerned about some of the advice here that isn’t based on facts. I would read articles on Restless, Healthline, The Sleep Foundation and other researched and respected sites to get reliable information on ‘sleep hygiene’. Alcohol may help us fall asleep, but it affects the quality of sleep – REM sleep in particular – and we need both REM and deep sleep for good health. From what I’ve read, the timing of sleep is key too in terms of when our bodies release melatonin that prepares us for sleep. If we leave it too late, we can’t take advantage of peak melatonin release. Other replies here about daily exercise, limiting screen time before bed and reading a book to relax are all helpful suggestions. All the best!

    • SteveKent 11th May 2022 at 5:03 pm

      I used to think that I needed to drink in order to sleep and it felt good? Or was that just the company of like minded friends. I rarely drink now and sleep well. Perhaps thats just being older? Alcohol is not good for me and I try to do my best. Off to the pub for something to eat honest