This was a post submitted by a reader who was just 2 years ago, a binge drinker. I hope you find it motivating!
If you have experienced alcohol blackouts; woken up confused in unusual places; vomited in public; or pissed your trousers due to binging on alcohol, then this is the resource for you.
I’ve created this post to help others avoid wrecking their work, finances and associations through binge drinking. I am not promoting something, I make no cash from treating binge consumers and I have no self-help downloads or hypnosis program to market. Below is my story and how I regained control over my binge drinking.
Out of control
I’ve never been influenced by alcohol, and would go for weeks without ingesting. But I’m a bit of a party animal and when I do party, I party hard. When I would drink, I would get completely hammered. I’m 31 today, and have done an excellent job concealing my issue from my co-workers and companies for the past decade. A couple of years back I was in the UK on business. I got caught drunk, spent the night in prison and was bailed away. I managed to get to a function at 8:55am… on time to provide the opening demonstration at our worldwide sales meeting. Another time more recently,I passed out in my limo and woke up having pissed my trousers. I’ve been knocked out in bar fights more time than I can count.
I realized that I had an issue, but because I wasn’t physiologically damaged by alcohol, doctors never actually took me seriously. Within my twenties, I had liver function tests at least half a dozen time. I needed a physician to state, “You need to quit drinking or you may not live til your 40s.”, but it never happed. My extreme drinking wasn’t resolved as the check results usually returned okay. I wasn’t provided any aid, assistance or guidance. I believe I was once offered a booklet for the Samaritans and that was it @_@
About two years ago I got sacked from my job. Rightfully so as I had blown over 2k on the business expense account at a strip club, and no amount of cooking the books could fix it. I got home and informed my my partner. She threatened to divorce me. Dropping my work and perhaps my family was the wakeup call that I required – and I looked to the web for aid.
I found drinkingfacts.ca which led me to attend AA in my home city. I’m proud to say I am now 18 months off of drinking (it would be 2 years but for a minor relapse). I’m writing this post to say two things:
1) You can be an alcoholic even if you don’t drink constantly, and your liver is still functioning.
2) It’s not easy, but you like me, can cure it.