I think I broke something in my body
July 15, 2010 11:40 AM Subscribe
Lately alcohol is doing weird things to my body that I simply do not understand. Please help.
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (35 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I’m 32, male, and a moderate social drinker. During the week I usually have a couple of beers on one or two days. On Thursdays and Fridays after work I drink several beers (3-4, sometimes 5-6 pints) over several hours. If not that, then several mixed drinks at a bar. After that we get dinner and I go home and enjoy a pleasant nights sleep. I (almost) never drink on weekends.
Since late April my body has been reacting very differently to alcohol. After a night of drinking I get a mild belly ache and crazy insomnia. No matter how much or what I drink, I wake up around 2-3 am and simply cannot go back to sleep until 6 or 7 am. At first I was afraid that I had developed a gluten intolerance but it’s not just beer. I tried wine for a week, vodka for another and it’s all the same. Even a single drink wakes me up in the middle of the night.
Last Friday I worked for 10 hours, ran for an hour and had one drink later that evening. Boom, I was awake at 2am. My body was super tired but my brain was wide awake. All I could really do was watch some tv until I wore out my brain and passed out around 6 am.
As you can imagine, I am a total wreck the next day. So much so that I have given up drinking. It’s freaking me out. What did I break in my body?
Other factors: I am healthy, exercise frequently and rarely get sick or take any other medication. I am under a reasonable amount of stress from work/life issues but nothing got worse recently.