(0.18) Not the shift workers
(0.36) Stereotypical behaviour?
(1.13) My never again mornings
(1.44) My experience
Do You Want a Drink the Next Morning is the tenth question of 20 in the Johns Hopkins series of videos to see if you are an alcoholic…
Having a Drink the Next Morning Defined
Drinking the next morning, in this context, means waking up in the morning and having a drink, it doesn’t relate to people who are on the night shift and who may want a couple of drinks before going to bed.
The Drunk Stereotype
It’s one of the stereotypes of alcoholic behaviour. The guy wakes up from a restless sleep, sits on the side of the bed in his jocks and vest. He clasps his hands around his head as he tries to come around, to shake off the alcoholic fuzz from his brain before he can face the morning, before he can even find his feet.
He stands, goes to the bathroom, wobbles unsteadily down the stairs to the kitchen cabinet where he keeps his supply, his hand trembling as he pours himself a wake-up drink from a nearly-empty bottle.
Drinking in the morning is a sign that you are dependent on alcohol to face the day. It puts you and others in danger if you have to go to work, and quite often, as I know from personal experience, drinking in the morning can lead to drinking for the rest of the day.
Never Again Mornings
I’ve not had this one much.
I never refused a drink at any time of the day when it was called by one of my mates. Although I do remember being bitterly disappointed on those occasions when my mobile would ring and it’d be one of my buddies with a call for a few morning pints. I’d be away working, maybe two or three hundred miles away, and I’d feel cheated for the rest of the day.
The morning after the night before was always a terrible time for me. I would feel like I wanted the ground to open and swallow me up. The last thing I wanted to do was drink again.
I was always one of those people who would say “never again” until the symptoms started wearing off, and then I’d happily start all over again.
But there were times, if the hangover wasn’t too bad, that I’d meet up with friends on a Sunday morning for an “early house” about 9 am.
By the time 12 or 1 o’clock came we were all drunk again.
“I pray thee let me and my fellow have a hair of the dog that bit us last night”.
New Year’s Day – Fresh Start on Stale Fumes
One New Year’s Day, a friend and I sat nursing pints of Guinness at a bar in Ennis. It was about 11 o’clock, and we’d been so disgustingly drunk the night before.
I remember staring at the pint and thinking ‘I really can’t do this’. It took about 40 minutes before I could manage the first one, I almost needed a spoon to get it down. The second one took about 30 minutes. Then we were back on track, about 20 minutes for each pint for the rest of the afternoon…
I gave up the drink on the 2nd January and lasted almost 11 months.
This was the tenth post in the series of articles on the Johns Hopkins 20 questions which was designed for you to self-test and discover if you might have an alcohol problem. If you answer yes to this question and yes to some of the others in the test, you need to take a look at your drinking habits. You can find the master article here: 20 Questions of Johns Hopkins
Leave a message below if I can offer any help at all in your fight with alcohol.
Until next time…
Onwards and Upwards…
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Watch Other Videos in the Series:
Have You Gotten Into Financial Difficulties Because Of Your Drinking?
Do You Turn To Lower Companions and an Inferior Environment When Drinking?
Does Drinking Make You Care Less For Your Families Welfare?