Hmmm, I am bipolar as many of you know. and my physc said that 4 beers every sundau were okay. He said if it works dont break it. Problem is my husband stills says it is all alcohol related. I am flabergasted....what do i do?
everyone I have talked to told me not to drink, but I do anyway. every Sat I have a few and sometimes more. not sure if it does more harm then good but at the time it sure feels alright - lol! hope someone can give you some legit advice. Good luck!
I don't know if it is ok to drink or not. I don't think so because all of my bottles of meds say not to. I use to drink to the extreme and then went through detox and haven't had a drop since. I will have to say I feel a lot better now than I did although I did have to raise my dosage of meds because since I wasn't drunk I had to deal with all the bipolar feelings.
there are a few reasons they tell you not to drink
1- the liver processes meds and alcohol, so it can cause major liver damage
2- the way the alcohol and meds mix can make you physically ill, and can also just cause unexpected emotional outburts
3- its a depressant, and can send you into a major depressive episode
i pretty much just dont drink anymore. ill occasionally have a glass of wine if we are out to dinner, but my meds make me super sensitive to it, so after a glass of wine im basically half in the bag. hard liquor jus tmakes me cry, but i can drink like the bottled "girly" stuff . but i dont really.....
basically my theory is anything in moderation.......
I used to self-medicate with alcohol and substances and it took ages to overcome it. After a period of abstinence I thought I could just 'have a couple of drinks' and it would be ok but, I tended to have too many and, especially being on meds, emotional outbursts and depressive outcomes came to be the par. Now I just don't drink- instead I enjoy other refreshing beverages that one can concoct like sparkling minderal water with orange juice (my fave). You get used to enjoying having a consistently clear mind never being dulled by alcohol.
Drinking while taking any physco meds is dangerous. Between the reaction of the med and alcohol, you don't know whether you're coming or going. In my research of BP (and it runs in my family), I have found that the family members that had to most problems were the ones who ignored the BP diagnoses and tried to make it go away with alcohol and drugs. Me...I try my best to stay away from it all. I've been real good and been on meds for almost 10 years, but I don't have any now due to insurance. But in a month or two I'l have insurance again and can go back to the doctor.
The question we have to ask oursleves is...do we drink because we truly like it, or because it lessens the pain we feel from our BP?
Good question Jean. I might have to answer - both! I think I would feel better if I didn't drink at all, but it is so tempting and I enjoy it so I make it better by saying what's one day a week. Interesting topic. Lori