Hello everyone, I'll get straight to it. My problem is i use alcohol so i can sleep. I don't crave alcohol during the day infact i hate its taste so i only drink st night .I've been drinking about an average of 5-6 cups of vodka daily for about 9-10 months. And i never drank alcohol before that, i want to reduce my alcohol intake and i want to do it with minimal withdrawal sypmtoms. I just need to know the steps and i'm determined to do it even if it will be hard. Thank you
If you're really drinking 5-6 cups of straight vodka -- as in 8-ounce cups -- every day, then at least you will have developed a serious physical dependency by this point.
The safest course would be a medically supervised detox. Alcohol withdrawal is unpredictable and dangerous, and can be fatal. At your stated level of intake, it's nothing to fool with.
Good luck, and I hope you'll make a decision to stop drinking altogether. Alcohol is a poor sleep aid and eventually stops working, not to mention the numerous severe health risks involved in drinking it at those levels.
Last Edit: Mar 13, 2017 18:22:00 GMT -5 by Mark_LA
I definetly want to stop. Infact i'm scheduling an appointment with my psychiatrist . but i was considering this because right now i cannot afford such thing so i said maybe i can reduce my alcohol intake for the time being until i am ready to go to my Dr. God help me .
The problem with "tapering" for me was that once the first drink was down the hatch, all bets were off -- I as unable to control or moderate the amount I drank. With all the best will in the world to cut down going into a drinking session, I would end up drinking to blackout every time. Perhaps you will fare better -- some people find tapering to be possible.
However, even the best tapering plan will not protect you from dangerous withdrawals altogether. You don't mention your location, but there may be various low-cost solutions for helping you through detox safely. Your psychiatrist may be able to suggest some options. Quitting drinking will save your life -- you simply can't go on the way you've been going. Your head is likely muddled right now with all the alcohol you've been drinking, but trust me -- the rewards of quitting are SO worth the effort.
Once you've successfully stopped drinking and detoxed, getting used to living (and sleeping) sober can be quite an adjustment. I hope you'll come back here -- there have been a lot of folks over the years who have used this site as part of their recovery "toolkit," and we can share with you how we did it.
beetee not sleeping is the worst thing ever. The thing about drinking to sleep is it works at first and then becomes a nightmare. Drinking causes interrupted sleep after a while so one tends to drink more and more. All that sugar triggers more brain activity besides all the repair your body has to do from poisoning it. I have found that even using a sleeping aid, pills or over the counter stuff also has its side effects. Addiction to pills are one of the worst side effects so now you have 2 addictions. There are many ways one can over come bad sleeping. Meditation, good diet, exercise, and managing stress really helps. Try reading books on how to manage these things Instead of watching TV, playing stimulating games before bed time and having your bedroom free of electronics try reading, writing in your journal or just soaking in a nice warm bath . It is good that you are seeing a doctor to make sure you do not have a hidden illness but for sure you will if you keep drinking. Hugs Clue