National Eating Disorders Association

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alcohol and coping

Hi! So I've been on a wait list for professional help for over 6 months and have been trying to find ways to cope in by he meantime. I know alcohol is a stupid resource but it's a short reprieve giving me some breathing time. My question ismall which is worse (and I dont drink this much often) but is it ok to throw up after a heavy night, even though you know you'll feel better despite the fact it triggerIng. Ideally I never want to throw up again but after accidentally drinking toour much I guess in asking permission?? Sorry, I'm doing the beat with what I have :(


I would recommend not making yourself purge.
I would hydrate and rest and work through it. I know it could seem like purging is the answer, but I would advise not to, as it could be triggering. Also, I would recommend calling the NEDA helpline at 1-800-931-2237. They are available 9 am - 9 pm and from friday 9 am-5 pm.
This could really help with maybe finding information for other resources that you could find some more support through. I don't think its great to sit and wait for help.
And I TOTALLY know what you are going through with the drinking to cope. I used to put myself in the same situation. I actually didn't even know I was doing it. I encourage you to talk to someone you trust or even posting on these forums for means as healthy ways to cope. We don't want you to end one bad habit to start up another.

Stay strong!

Hey! I don't know who you are

Hey! I don't know who you are or really truly what your problem is but i am literally in the same boat as you. Some nights i think oh well i've just drank too much like everyone else so its okay, don't wanna be hung over in the morning. in the morning though i feel bad....start keeping track VISUALLY on the days you have marking a calendar red every time you do it that way you can see how many times you slip up. its helped me so much because i can visually see that i disappointed myself and whom ever cares about me and it makes me want to try harder and keep that one day my calendar won't have any red marks on it....
Your not alone in this, there are others here wishing the best for you even if you don't know it
much love

We're all different

I think it is important to remember that what works for one person, like a calendar, may not be as helpful to another. It can be really difficult not being able to access the professional help you need immediately but maybe there is a support group available in your area where you can meet people that are also focused on recovery. The volunteers on the NEDA hotline are also available Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm EST Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST at 1-800-931-2237. The hotline volunteers are really great if you just need someone to talk with and they can also help you locate resources (like local support groups).

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