Strategies to cut down on social drinking? (long story within)
December 13, 2009 11:30 AM Subscribe
My social drinking has become troublesome lately. Strategies to cut down, or perhaps quit completely for a while? (long, sorry)
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I've been more depressed on and off the past half year or so, due to several life-change stressors, death of someone close to me, etc. I've noticed a few times this week that I've been drinking hard and fast when out with friends. I'd like any tips/tricks you have on cutting back while out. I suppose I might warrant a "don't drink at all" response; if so, so be it. but if there are cutting-down strategies to suggest Those are welcome too.
More background on why I'm concerned: I am taking antidepressants, so this isn't really healthy to be drinking so much, given that alone. Also, I've had a period in my twenties where I drank a LOT both when out and when home alone. Dating an alcoholic made me realize how far south I was headed, at which point I made major changes and did much better with not drinking very much. Now I'm in my early 30s, and while I've been good in general, and drinking in moderation, I've had several "why did I drink that much?" evenings in the past few months, and I don't seem to be learning my lesson from the hangovers or weight gain. I'm not always establishing a limit when I go out (i.e. "no more than 3 tonight") but I have gone over what I deem acceptable, say, 4 to 6 a night every 4-5 days. However, this week was especially concerning since I had 6+(who knows?) on a Tuesday, 3 on Thursday, and 6+ (again, who knows?) last night. (And, I am female by the way.)
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