Posted by TamaraJ on June 17, 2005, at 16:23:21
In reply to Re: Fell off the wagon ... » TamaraJ, posted by AMD on June 17, 2005, at 16:03:59
Yes, when we start missing work, losing relationships and being financially reckless, because of our drinking, it can be cause for worry. I didn't miss any work, no matter how hung over I was, and sometimes I am still surprised at how well I functioned when I felt like total crap. But, the last couple of years of my drinking, I was using a lot of Sudafed, which gave me lots of energy and seemed to help with hangovers. I took the stuff daily, three times a day. Orange juice, lots of orange juice, and other liquids (well, except coffee which didn't taste to good when I was really hungover, and I was a huge coffee addict - up to 12 cups a day at times LOL), help the body recover from a hangover. As for friends, most of my friends were partiers like me, and we spent a lot of time drinking and smoking drugs, so I was in good company.
I started drinking when I was 15, and probably had my first blackout when I was about 16. I was young and foolish, and drank wine, beer, martinis, rye and gingers, as well as sharing a couple of joints with friends, over the course of a number of hours, all on an empty stomach. Not to smart. You'd think that would have stopped me in my tracks. Oh well, live and learn.
Try not to worry. I think excessive anxiety can have a detrimental effect on our memory and thinking. So, just try to stay away from booze and drugs, and you won't be stressing yourself out as much about the effects on your brain. And, yes, you are articulate and communicating very well today. And, I am sure the heavy-eyed, ADD-like feeling will pass after a good night's sleep and lots of fluids.
To answer your question about what I do, I am a policy advisor. Much of what I do requires a good memory for all sorts of details, including provisions contained in many, many statutes. Even when I was drinking, I could remember details of a case from years and years prior or provisions in an obscure statute.