This post deals with alcohol consumption and might be triggering for some readers.
Lying wide awake at 3am on a Tuesday night, I thought to myself: I can’t be the only person who sleeps horribly after drinking.
I'd only had a few wines, but in that moment, it had been enough to jerk me awake with anxiety, long before my alarm was due to wake me. I tossed and turned, and my mind raced. I wondered if I'd been drinking a little too much lately.
I searched "how many drinks should I have in one week?" and was immediately shocked by what I had read — 10 standard drinks for adults, and no more than four in one day.
Side note: Here are just some of the effects of being alcohol-free for one year. Post continues after video.
I did a quick calculation of how many standard drinks I'd had over the past week.
Doing the math in my head, I was clearly drinking well above the recommended guidelines... and I didn't even realise it. I couldn't believe the lack of mindfulness with my drinking. Needless to say, I couldn't get back to sleep that night.
The next day, I skipped my gym session and dragged myself to work, exhausted, with bloodshot eyes.
I started to realise that I had been feeling more and more tired — I was skipping the gym, which had once been a top priority.
My face was puffy and my skin didn't glow like it used to. My anxiety had really ramped up and, more often than not, stuck around until I had a drink.
I had felt less confident at work and avoided looking at myself in the mirror.
It suddenly became crystal clear: all of this was likely the result of my drinking and if I didn't do something about it, it would keep affecting me more and more.