Puking our brains out, headaches, memory loss, black outs… Whew! that was fun.

Ya know, there is a point when it just stops working. Like all addictions. it just becomes a bad habit, an obsession, something we can’t stop doing.


Hangovers and black outs, a way of life for alcoholics, but we couldn’t stop drinking until we truly wanted to change our lives.

Desire is the key. Really wanting change. Really seeing ourselves in the light of day. Really taking the risk of change takes real courage. Asking for help takes courage. Coming to our first AA meeting takes real courage. Honesty takes real courage. Awakening to ourselves and our thoughts takes courage.

Being honest with ourselves is our first step.

Then we get honest with others and that is an even deeper level of courage.

A hangover describes the sum of unpleasant physiological effects following heavy consumption of alcoholic beverages. The most commonly reported characteristics of a hangover include headache, nausea, sensitivity to light and noise, lethargy, dysphoria, diarrhea and thirst, typically after the intoxicating effects of the alcohol begin to wear off. While a hangover can be experienced at any time, generally speaking a hangover is experienced the morning after a night of heavy drinking. In addition to the physical symptoms, a hangover may also induce psychological symptoms including heightened feelings of depression and anxiety.

Hypoglycemia, dehydration, acetaldehyde intoxication, glutamine rebound, and vitamin B12 deficiency are all theorized causes of hangover symptoms.

Addiction/Obsession. It is always fascinating how we can’t give something up, even when it is obviously a hopeless situation. How we are compelled to do the same thing over and over expecting different results. How our habits control us. How we can’t stop doing the very thing that sets us back, that cages us, that controls us, that eventually kills us. When it stops working, it’s not much of a party anymore. The pay offs are hangovers and wreckage.

If you can’t stop …

What You Need for a HANG-OVER is:

  • A bed
  • Peace and quiet
  • A shower
  • Water
  • Juice
  • Gatorade or Powerade
  • Pickle juice
  • Bloody Mary (Ya, this one works right?)

My Obsession

Rolling Stones

Between the Buttons

One Comment on “Hang-over”

  1. Di says:

    I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day. — Dean Martin

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