Are You an Almost Alcoholic? Drinking Out of Boredom Rehab

Did conversation matter or did the alcohol consumption make it easier to keep chatting, repeating, forgetting? Plan ‘fun times’—drink to create ‘fun times’, discuss past ‘fun times’. All the good stuff that came with it—the dance moves, the greasy hangover food, the men. How many times did I have sober sex for the first time? But it was all a conscious choice—while I was just-drunk.

How do you beat sober boredom?

  1. Understand why you feel bored. After leaving substance use behind, many will begin to notice they have more time on their hands.
  2. Stay connected. In many ways, boredom and loneliness seem to go hand in hand.
  3. Develop new sober friendships.
  4. Try a new hobby.

I’m just sober because it’s more fun. I work hard all day, so it’s nice to come home and have the ability to relax without relying on substances. I like to de-stress on weekends so hangovers don’t serve me. I got tired of the anxiety and regrets. I don’t do clubs anymore, but dinner parties with good conversation are my best.

Where can I get these drinks?

In a survey of 3,400 millennials and Gen-Zers about their recent drinking habits and lifestyle choices, over two-thirds said they found heavy drinking culture to be boring. As long as it’s not just you—although, it’s nice to admit when she says, sometimes I have wine in bed and you laugh and say “Me too! ” She’s a mother so she needs it to get through and you’ve just had a break up—so it’s red to relieve blue.

drinking when bored

Sobriety is a major lifestyle change. It’s important to have the right mindset about sobriety. My social circle changed when I got sober because I realized that many of my relationships were based on getting drunk together, and that was it.

Boredom can be Destructive

I described my drinking habit, and asked her how many years I might get. She said it was hard to say, but drinking out of boredom admitted—as a medical professional—she “would be concerned.” Yes, you see, alcohol has you fooled.

  • Catching signs of abuse early also minimizes the risks of adverse health effects and increases the probability of achieving sobriety much more quickly.
  • It’s what makes certain parts of your life all the more exciting.
  • I work hard all day, so it’s nice to come home and have the ability to relax without relying on substances.
  • Serotonin depletion can cause major mood swings and feelings of sadness, anxiety, and irritability.
  • In more severe cases, drinking out of boredom can lead to severe alcohol abuse disorders.

I listen to audio books or podcasts while I’m walking, I get too restless to do that while I’m sat at home. I’m breathing fresh air, getting exercise, and a change of environment. Alcoholics Anonymous is free and available all over the country. Despite its dreary church hall image, I found the atmosphere in most meetings to be surprisingly convivial and often hilariously funny.

Setting Boundaries in Recovery: How To Do It + Why It Matters

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  • I can’t drink like I used to—I mean, I try!
  • Get in touch with your family (chosen family works too!), and ask them how they’re feeling right now.
  • Picking up that drink to get past feeling bored is a dangerous practice that can only get worse.

People often say they drink alcohol to “relieve boredom”. Want to drink less or not at all in the new year? Boredom can be a surprising culprit behind drinking habits. I got on the phone with Dr Amelia Stephens who is a GP in Brisbane.

It is not just the tendency to use booze to numb stress, sadness and exhaustion, it’s how to behave in the good times too. When I had been sober for three months, I received a really big job offer – the sort that warranted a celebration. But without the option of going straight to the pub to raise a few glasses, I was clueless as to how to express my excitement. In the end, I went for an ice-cream. As Dr Stephens explained, the real issue is in the way the liver breaks alcohol down into stuff called acetaldehyde. This is used to produce perfumes and disinfectants—as well as nasal tumours in rats, and laryngeal tumours in hamsters.

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