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One guy's experiences as he quits drinking

Day 9: Up and down

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I still get waves of hyperactivity and exhaustion. I like to imagine that it’s my brain chemistry readjusting back to normal.

From what I’ve read about alcohol and brain chemistry, alcohol acts like a handbrake on your brain’s performance. Your brain is regularly being slowed down by a depressant (alcohol) so it becomes used to revving really hard to drive at a decent speed. So it’s like you’re driving with a handbrake half on and the motor screaming – then you suddenly release the handbrake and the car lurches forward. It takes time for my brain to adjust to ‘new normal’.

It’s that depressant effect which can lead to seizures, major brain disturbances and death with chronic alcohol dependency. Alcohol is such an common everyday drug – but sudden withdrawal from it can be surprisingly dangerous.

OR it could also be the copious amounts of coffee that I’m used to drinking to get me through sleep-deprived, hang-over days… combined with our gigantic work Christmas lunch and piles of sugary desserts. Hmmm

One thought on “Day 9: Up and down

  1. Hang in there. You are right, your on a rollercoaster and it will even out, emotionally and energy level wise. It is so worth riding it out.

    Someone told me in my first week : try sobriety for 90 days, then decide if it’s for you or not. The bars and liquor stores will still be there if you want them.

    In now on 84 days and I already know my decision. Sobriety. My life is amazing now that I don’t have to drink. I have no desire to drink, I do not miss alcohol and I tried for nearly 10 years to give it up.

    Best of luck, you can do this!

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