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‘Do I rely too much on alcohol?’


Can you advise this student nurse?

“Let me start by saying, I have never gone to placement drunk and I never would. But when I get home, the first thing I do is reach for a glass of wine.

“It used to just be to help me unwind after placement or a stressful day at uni but somehow I’ve ended up drinking every night and, if I’m being totally honest, some afternoons as well.

“I’m hoping that this is just my way of coping with the demands of the course and as soon as I qualify next year I won’t find myself relying on alcohol so much.

“Am I being realistic? I’m starting to scare myself.”

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Readers' comments (2)

  • Please stop now. I was in a similar situation as a student and it spiralled out of control after I qualified. The stress increased and the need to unwind increased. The alcohol consumption increased. I never went to work drunk as I was drinking mostly after work and on my days off. I was drinking so much that I was arrested 4x for drink driving the morning after. It took the NMC threatening to strike me off for me to seek help. Please stop whilst you can. Go for a run, sit in the park but pls do not drink alcohol.

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  • I agree with the above. Please, please stop now. I started drinking when I was a student, initially when I went on big nights out at the weekend. I felt as I worked hard I deserved to party hard. However, my heavy drinking bouts became more frequent and once I qualified it really did get out of hand. I lost my career because of my dependency upon alcohol and I also came very close to losing everything I held dear. Luckily, I was given the opportunity to enter a residential rehabilitation unit and I spent 12 months there working on my issues. I'm very happy to say I have been alcohol free for 15 years. I still experience the usual stresses and difficulties that we all go through in life but I know the answer is never in the bottom of a bottle. Seek help and look to other ways to relieve your stress. You can do this and I wish you well.

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