I recently had my moment when a couple bad falls during a drunken walk home messed up my back and luckily just left me a little bruised and sore. It helped me set up what I think are a good set of rules to avoid putting myself in that situation again and helping me in the long run.
However I am still having a hard time disciplining myself on studying. I know if I desired I could drop school and make great money in my current field as a sysadmin, also I hate taking classes and don't feel much of what I am doing is relevent.
To all those out there in this phase of independence or already having gone through it. How did you control your relationship with alcohol. And how would you advise someone to rally the self-control to make it through college.
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First fairly major one for me was the time I puked blood. Had been drinking for pretty much 3 weeks straight or so, got out of my job that was kind of causing it, kind of not. Came back home, some family gathering, downed a case of beer and then some in a couple hours, night was over, went to sleep on the couch. Kind of had the spins so I thought ah f***. Grabbed a bowl stepped outside, puked a couple times, sat there for a minute. Looked into the bowl, heh that's kinda dark. Flick my lighter on. Well...That's blood. Not talking mad retching for hours that made me tear my esophagus or something. Talking couple heaves, done. Probably about half a liter of blood with a couple chunks mixed in.
That kind of freaked me out a bit, so I really cut back for a few weeks. Then over the following months I was downing a 40 pounder in a day.
It really depends on why you drink in my experience. I did it because it was the only way I could be happy. Or more to the point not give a flying f*** about anything so I wasn't able to be miserable.
I kind of straightened out and detoxed a bit since then.
If you're doing it to party and be social, well I don't know what to tell you. If you're doing it because you can't live without it. Probably a good idea for some change.