Binge drinking is alcoholism too

binge drinkingMany people looking for help on this site do not consider themselves to be alcoholics. They are not drinking all day, every day. But they are regularly binge drinking alcohol to excess, such that they are damaging their health, their relationships and their self esteem.

It is easier to convince yourself that you haven’t got an alcohol problem if you can regularly have days where you don’t drink at all. You think you’ve got control of your drinking for a while, so you’re not as concerned any more.

Then it happens again – you binge, and wake up feeling awful. Maybe you carry on drinking heavily for a couple of days to deal with how guilty you feel about it all (and the hangover of course). But this type of binge drinking can have serious negative consequences which you need to do something about.

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  1. Leah Edgar 30 October, 2017 at 11:09 am - Reply

    Still feeling ashamed from a binge on friday. I have no recollection of what happened. I came home and said some evil, nasty and hurtful things to my partner. There is a 1 hour gap from when i said i was going home to when i got home. I was round the corner from home. I jave a massive bump on my head and my neck is I. Agony. My OH is talking to me now but i have done this too many times and he deserves so much better than this. I absolutely HATE myself and i am at rock bottom.

  2. Bizkit 6 October, 2017 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Sounds exactly like me, the amount of times I have missed work or missed a date with friends, i get such a heavy feeling of guilt and shame, then I do it again? Wtf is that all about?

  3. Ashamed 3 August, 2017 at 11:33 am - Reply

    My binge drinking/alcoholism does it again, or should I say my just giving into it yet again. My partner has gone to a very important wedding without me I am in no fit state to go anyway but I am devastated.He’ll be away for two days and all I want to do is drink. I live in a small town and I have done some ridiculous things. sitting outside drinking in the pouring rain,phoning and annoying my family. Seen it all,heard it all before. Why oh Why don’t we care enough to stop. It would be relief to not wake up, I have made my finances very precarious. There is no drink enough in the world for all this, but just about to stagger to the offs, I look terrible but once I get the drink in the house, it’s still trashed from my binge,my fiancée is devastated and my empty promises will no longer wash. He loves me and I love him but obviously not enough until he makes the sensible choice of finishing with me then I’ll be devastated, but too late.

    • Ash 4 August, 2017 at 11:44 am - Reply

      I could have almost written this myself except I am not going to stagger to get anymore… I’m so sad and depressed and I hate myself and I have let everyone down…I don’t want to let them down anymore.
      You took the step to write on here which means you know what you are doing and you know what will happen if you don’t stop. Please find the will before it’s too late…that’s what I am trying to do right now. There’s a lot of us in the same shoddy run down sinking boat xxx

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