I can stand you, when I can barely stand. Surprisingly, Dr Joel Porter didn’t reach for medical reasons to stop. „Alcohol is listed as a class one carcinogen,” she explained. „Aside from liver damage you’ll do, long term drinking greatly increases your probability of getting cancer.” I’m not an alcoholic, I just like getting buzzed as regularly as possible. So I tried to find an expert who’d tell me that was okay.
When I was drinking I could sit in a stripper joint for hours. When I sobered up I went to three strip joints three different times and was bored in the first 30 seconds
— Charles Palmer (@Charles02339637) August 13, 2022
Remember, it’s not that sobriety is terrible, but that your brain is trying to grapple with the sudden loss of dopamine. Just like you would be patient and gentle with a broken leg, you gotta give your brain the same tenderness. If you are walking around saying that there’s nothing to do and everything about sobriety is boring and terrible, you are condemning yourself to misery. Don’t get down on yourself because you can’t get wasted at the bar with your friends anymore. You don’t want to fall down that rabbit hole. It’s hard to fill that time, especially when dealing with alcohol cravings and triggers. Now that you know the chemical reason for your boredom, let’s explore ways you can proactively work against it.
But you never completely get over it. If it’s okay with you, Kevin, I’d like to write an update here once a week with my progress, but I don’t want to hog the comments section. It’s very difficult to try to solve the problem with the same thinking that we used to create them. If you’re surrounded by people who have the same problem, where are you going to find the solution. People who already have problems with alcohol are looking for solutions within a group drinking when bored of people who have the same problem. It doesn’t make any sense to search for solutions there. It’s like trying to find an apple on an orange tree. There are plenty of opportunities in this life to meet people, you don’t have to go to meetings. Now the hours before going to bed are boring and during these cold winter months all I can do is stay inside and surf the web / watch movies. It’s simpler, more realistic for me to drink myself to deathappiness.
Another excellent way to combat boredom is by volunteering. Not only will this fill your idle time, but you will also feel better after giving back to those in need. You can volunteer at support groups or treatment centers, but it is essential to remember that you don’t have to help out somewhere that has to do with addiction recovery. You can spend this time chasing your interests, such as giving time to an animal shelter or planting a community garden. When a heavy drinker gives up on the alcohol abuse, however, the physical metamorphosis is staggering. Take a look at these before and after pictures of alcohol recovery to see what we mean. If you have recently stopped drinking alcohol, and you are feeling bored, then you are about to learn the exact steps on how to overcome it. The bored mind of an addict is a funny thing. The longer your thoughts go untethered, the more likely they’ll venture to a dangerous place.
I got on the phone with Dr Amelia Stephens who is a GP in Brisbane. I described my drinking habit, and asked her how many years I might get. She said it was hard to say, but admitted—as a medical professional—she „would be concerned.” Whether your sobriety has you wallowing in boredom or self-pity, please know that it will get better. Even if you have no idea HOW things can change, trust the process and keep working on it.
Some drink for pleasure or at social events, while others find themselves drinking for no reason at all.. Regardless of the intent, there are significant health implications that arguably make alcohol the most dangerous substance on the market. According to Medical News Today, the average adult in the United States experiences around 131 days of boredom per year. How we react to the state of boredom is critical to our ongoing mental health, experts state. Join our Facebook support group to get help and advice for others in similar situations. To find out more about how changing your drinking can transform your life, join for our free webinar or online course on quitting drinking. Yes for those few minutes at the beginning of an evening when you get the buzz, alcohol can feel like the fun starter. It may seem like the event won’t be any fun without alcohol involved, but this pattern tends to lead to booze-filled nights. Many people believe that you can’t have fun without alcohol. Help them find healthier ways to cope with stress.
The problem I have with being bored and trying to quit is that nothing I like to do seems interesting without the alcohol. Avoid moping, avoid whining about being bored. Thinking about how bored you are drinking when bored doesn’t work. You’re just being part of the problem. You need to be proactive, find a solution for yourself. There’s plenty of things you could be doing. You have to figure out what works for you.
One of the reasons many people continue to drink too much is that they think that the drink-free version of themselves will shine less brightly and be less fun. In practice the reverse is true but some re-framing is required. Your teen should understand that drinking alcohol comes with specific consequences. But don’t make hollow threats or set rules that you cannot enforce. Our mission is to provide empowering, evidence-based mental health content you can use to help yourself and your loved ones. The chronically bored may also turn to risk-taking in the office to stimulate themselves. Start with small things such as complimenting yourself in the mirror or treating yourself to your favorite lunch.
Little to no exercise before or after. I’m thinking the photo on the left is the after photo, and the one on the right is the before photo! On the left you are in a hospital bed. On the right you are fit and healthy. Fight boredom Sober House with iPhones and iPads here. We will not publish or share your email address in any way. I do not miss alcohol anymore at all. What I do miss though is the excitement that alcohol brought to every aspect of my life.
If anyone can give you practical advice, it’s the recovery community at large. I’m overweight purely because of the 6000 Cal a week extra. But the drinking always existed so perfectly beside it. Obviously I’m searching the web for articles on boredom because alas it’s new year and I need to give it a go.
The blanket excuses alcohol provides. Why would I want to stop doing something that’s not even a problem? Take away the pleasures of drinking for the boredom of sobriety? Imagine; being fully present all the time? It’s good to get out of your head every now and again; to not be… yourself, all the time. It’s incessant, being stuck with you. You get to go somewhere outside yourself. Maybe it’s a little bit of a crutch. A little way to cope with the daily drudgery of everyday; an addition to mundane nature of reality, not an addiction.
How to Help Someone Who Drinks Too Much – Confronting and assisting a friend or family member who’s abusing alcohol. Worrying and stressing about your loved one can take a toll on your mind and body, so find ways to relieve the pressure. Eating right, exercising regularly, and sleeping well can all help to keep stress in check. You can also try one of HelpGuide’s guided audio meditations to help you stay calm and focused as you make this challenging journey. Remain calm when confronting your teen, and only do so when everyone is sober. Explain your concerns and make it clear that your worry comes from a place of love. It’s important that your teen feels you are supportive. Don’t cover up for your loved one or make excuses for their behavior. Don’t attempt to threaten, punish, bribe, or preach. Avoid emotional appeals that only add to the problem drinker’s feelings of guilt and increase their compulsion to drink.