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‘Am I drinking too much?’


Can you advise this student nurse?

“I tend to have a glass of wine to wind down at the end of a shift after I get home and never really thought anything of it. But yesterday my housemate described it as ’an unhealthy coping mechanism’ which really took me by surprise.

“I realised it’s not the first time she’s made comments like that and normally I laugh it off but I’ve just started thinking that actually, how much alcohol should I be drinking? I don’t mean recommended daily limits, I mean what’s actually normal for a 21-year-old student nurse?

“To be totally honest I do drink most days, I’m either drinking because it’s my day off or to unwind after a shift. But that makes it sound like I’ve got a drinking problem, which I absolutely don’t, I’ll drink probably one glass of wine if I’m not going out.

“Does my housemate have a point?”

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Readers' comments (5)

  • Health professionals recommend at least two days off in the week to give your liver a rest from daily alcohol. So in short, yes you are developing an unhealthy habit. Try distraction e.g. Going to do an activity with a friend.

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  • Try the one or two nights abstaining.if you find it too difficult-that's a strong indicator that it will be even harder if you go from one drink to two and before you know it it could be a bottle then two.Not scaremongering but it can and does happen.

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  • Your flat mate needs to chill out. Have a couple of days off but don't worry

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  • I enjoy having a glass of wine (175 ml) and a bottle of beer (330 ml) after a long day shift. However, if I am on duty the following day, I have no alcohol. It works well for me.
    Simply avoid alcohol on your designated 'school nights'.

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  • you are training to become a professional- hard work physically and emotionally, difficult shifts(wait to you qualify and get your duties fortnightly or worse),abysmal pay for the work-load and responsibility. Just care for your self and if you do find yourself drinking two glasses three glasses , ask yourself why?Alcohol misuse is a insidious condition.You do not appear to have developed it as a coping measure yet but you did feel the need to post.Just keep a eye on it.Im not for prohibition or scaremongering .just take it day by day.

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