Not Such Great Reasons to Drink Alcohol

Filed in Stress & Anxiety by on August 13, 2015 2 Comments

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Those of you who have read my book (and for those of you who haven’t, shame on you!) know that I’ve had a long and eventful past with alcohol, and that’s being charitable. Whether it’s my Irish heritage or just lack of common sense, I never had much luck managing my alcohol intake.

My hope is that you can learn from my mistakes, and some good can actually come from all of my mishaps and needless suffering.

There were a lot of bad reasons why I drank, and usually drank to excess, but the top three are:

  • Emotional/mental problems – I have chronic anxiety, and as is the case with many people who have emotional problems, I often chose to soothe my mental pain by bathing it in alcohol. Of course, this is only a short-term fix, and just leaves you much worse off the morning after, what with the awful headache and inevitable self-loathing. Much better alternatives for emotional/mental issues are therapy, attitude and behavior modification, a healthy lifestyle, and, in some cases, medication.
  • Hate your job/job is very stressful – I held some pretty challenging positions during the course of my career, and I didn’t always like them very much. So I really looked forward to the weekend, when I could go on a good bender and forget all about it. Just as it is a poor way to escape emotional/mental issues, alcohol is an ineffective way to escape a stressful job. In fact, abusing alcohol actually causes you to have almost no chance of ever gaining much satisfaction at work, because when you are at work you are mentally craving alcohol and your weekend histrionics, and aren’t actually “at” work. You would be much better off investing yourself in your current job more, not less, or finding a new job that you actually enjoy.
  • Escape from boredom – I didn’t fall into this alcohol trap until I retired. At this point, rather than using alcohol to escape stress, I instead began using it to escape my newfound boredom! (I know, I’m a mess.) Anyway, alcohol is not a good antidote for boredom, either. Wouldn’t it make more sense to use pent up energy to search for some interesting hobbies? Or, let’s say I am at a boring party. Rather than drink two bottles of wine in a vain attempt to turn inherently boring people into smart, interesting, and well-traveled acquaintances, why not choose to just leave the party early? That makes more sense.

Conversely, are there any really good reasons to drink alcohol? For people who can control their alcohol use, the answer is yes. When used in moderation, it can be useful in relaxing, socializing, and celebrating.

So if you desire to drink, use alcohol in this fashion. Don’t use it to “fix” problems in your life, because there are far better methods to improve a disordered life.


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TIM MCINTYRE retired in 2004 from his position as president of Applied Systems after facilitating a successful sale of the company. At only forty-six years old, he made the unusual decision to fully retire to pursue other interests and simply enjoy free time. As a hard-driving Type A personality, this turned out to be a significant challenge for the Notre Dame and University of Chicago-educated MBA, CPA, and Certified Cash Manager.

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  1. Bernard Mcloughlin says:

    You are delivering a very powerful message

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