Hangovers bring many things – dehydration, headaches and nausea but also feelings of anxiety and guilt. This ‘hangxiety’ isn’t simply caused by what we can or can’t remember doing – it’s the way alcohol physically changes our brain.
Charles* was angry when he came to see me. He was angry to have been asked to come, angry to be there, and angry to have to be expected to talk to me. He didn’t have to be angry though – as I reminded him, he didn’t even have to be there.
You’re very quiet – are you okay? Have you got a bug or something? A hangover actually. That’s the problem with this time of year – I always seem to drink more than I meant to.
Alcohol free days
New Department of Health guidelines on drinking are expected to include having at least two alcohol free days in every week. But what are the benefits of making what seems such a small change?
Christmas and New Year see most of us drinking more than usual, and for most of us it doesn’t cause us any problems at all. But how can we make sure that our drinking over the holiday period doesn’t end up crossing the line?
I’d not heard of “GoSober” before Keith* came to see me. GoSober (also called the Dryathlon) is a sponsored non-drinking pledge for the whole of October, with the money raised going to MacMillan Cancer Support. Keith had signed up at work, but was finding not drinking much harder going than he had thought for.