Effective self care can involve learning both the recommendations from research and others’ experiences and learning to recognize internal signals from the body – queasy stomach, wobbly walk, slurred speech, — give the keys to the bartender or close friend and sleep it off.
Excess alcohol may also cause a depressed mood or a more aggressive mood so recognize that violence or self injury in oneself or a friend may be more of a risk when under the influence of alcohol. Sleeping it off is the safest strategy because coffee or other methods suggested for rapid sobering up have not been found to be truly effective. Roughly, it takes the body about one hour to process an ounce equivalent of hard liquor (5-6 ounce wine, 12 ounce beer) so if it was a twelve pack, then plan ahead and call in absent from the next day’s work, and then maybe turn off the phone to prevent making any other unfortunate calls.
Effective self care can serve as a safety warning when someone recognizes that what they are feeling is similar to what they felt in their body during a previous experience that had negative consequences. An example would be the medications Xanax or Valium, or other benzodiazepines, which may be prescribed as an anti-anxiety medication, however they affect the brain and body very similarly to alcohol and taking a benzodiazepine medication when also drinking alcohol can make the “drunk” symptoms much worse.
- More information on benzodiazepine addiction: webmd.com
One of the topics reviewed by the U.S. Effective Health Care Program is on alcohol use disorder and medications that have been used in research trials for treating adults with the condition: Pharmacotherapy for Adults With Alcohol Use Disorder in Outpatient Settings, effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov