The things drink makes us do…

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I was going into my flat yesterday just as my neighbour was coming out. He caught me by surprise. I’ve not heard a sound from next door recently so I actually thought he’d moved out. I didn’t make eye contact. We don’t these days – not since the night I tried to kick his door in.

Yes, that’s right – well brought up, polite, middle class me, tried to kick his door down a few months ago. I think it was in February. I was, you guessed it, drunkety drunk drunk drunk. He’d been playing his music too loud, again. All I could hear was the pounding bass, booming from a speaker I’m sure he deliberately pointed at my wall. 

During January and February I’d knocked on his door countless times to ask him to turn it down (nicely). He always would, begrudgingly, before eventually turning it back up again. Anyway, this one night I’d been drinking, home alone, and I just lost it. I went absolutely nuts. I banged on the wall that separates our two flats and yelled SHUT UP! To which he replied F**K OFF! So I marched myself round to his door and rather than knocking I started kicking it, again and again and again.

I can only imagine what I looked like, in my spotty dressing gown, pink pyjamas and slippers. When he finally opened the door we had a screaming match in the corridor which ended in me yelling “I HATE YOU, YOU’RE RUINING MY LIFE!”. So, just a tad over dramatic there. 

Maybe he was drunk too. Maybe he’s also ashamed of the way he behaved. But he doesn’t play his music loudly anymore. He doesn’t make eye contact with me either.

Although this particular outburst was very out of character for me, it’s fair to say drinking made me more angry, compulsive, reckless. I did lots of stupid things when drunk. Even when I was sober I was irritable and prone to rash decisions. I used to think I was just being ‘honest’ but actually I was just grumpy and negative. My Dad once said to me that he thought I took after his mother, because I always see the glass half empty. That hurt, particularly as he was right. 

I’m not saying that I’ve come over all zen like and calm since I stopped drinking. Not at all. But I am much better at controlling anger and stepping back. I still bash out angry emails to people when I’m annoyed. I just don’t send them. I wait until the next day, when I’ve calmed down. In general, I feel much more positive about life. Drinking made me feel so depressed the day after. Taking away those dark, hung over days has made a huge difference to my overall mood. Will I ever become a glass half full person? I hope so…

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4 thoughts on “The things drink makes us do…

  1. carrythemessage May 14, 2013 at 9:52 pm Reply

    Becoming a “half-full” person was always foreign to me. I was Mr. Negative. I cut people down, and couldn’t stand being near positive or happy folks. Of course that was because I was nowhere near happy. But having so many years of acting that way, thinking that way, talking that way…it becomes a habit, it becomes second nature. So even though I cut out the booze, I still had that nature. Of course booze amplified those negative feelings, but they were there to be amplified. Today, I tend to me a lot more positive because a) a lot of great things have happened to me since recovering through the 12-steps b) being negative got me nowhere, so why not try something new?? What’s to lose?

    Give it time. Won’t happen overnight. I am still on it, trying to see other people’s POV before jumping on them, etc. it can be tiring, but that too becomes a habit. I hope to get there one day as well.

    Awesome stuff 🙂


  2. Mrs D May 15, 2013 at 7:31 am Reply

    Oh gawd I wish I’d become more calm and zen like in my sobriety – far from it! I’m more grumpy now on occasion.. and sad.. and everything.. but then drinking for me kept me on an even keel…that neighbour does sound annoying though.. and hey it worked! No, shouldn’t say that… kicking down doors when drunk in dressing gown and slippers not good. Not good at all xxxx

  3. Belle May 15, 2013 at 5:27 pm Reply

    I was way more angry/crabby when i was drinking. Can’t tell you the number of nights i went to bed angry at my husband for some reason, real or imagined. I was also much more likely to cry after a few drinks, again for just about any reason. I think i felt overwhelmed a lot of the time, but in fact i was exhausted. Now that i’m sober, i go to bed relatively on time (no more late night facebook!), I sleep through the night, and i wake up without feeling terrible. Win-Win-Win. i was always half-full girl, but now my glass is probably more than half full … for the first time in my life 🙂

  4. Lilly May 16, 2013 at 9:03 am Reply

    I *definitely* feel more positive and happy in general when I’m not drinking. And, no, I am not naturally a ‘glass half full’ person either. I am naturally a worried, anxious person. Or so I thought. Now I realise a lot of that was booze. Not all of it, no, but a lot of it. I am way more irritable and mood swingy when I drink too. Alcohol really fucks with our central nervous system and these are some of the symptoms of that. Glad to read you’re still going strong!

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