Half gallon of vodka per day

So, since 2015, I've been drinking a half of a gallon of vodka per day. Well, it escalated to that in 2015 but didn't just start that high. Shouldn't I be in really bad health? I'm completely fine! Is that highly unusual or are the negative effects of alcohol rarely outside of the effects on lifestyle? I always heard about liver disease and all this but I recently had everything checked out and was told I was extremely healthy. I have been drinking a half of a gallon of vodka daily for nearly 4 fucking years! I just don't get it.

On another note, it doesn't much affect my personality or relationships either. 4 years ago, 6 shots would have had me acting a little funny, not wasted, but noticeably drinking. This is how I take it now: I don't just drink whatever. I fill up a small cup that holds 6 shots and take it like a single shot. I barely even feel that now. Like I could forget if I'd had 6 fucking shots. Anyway, I start my day with two of MY shots (so 12). Then I just have one (6) more whenever I start to lose my very slight buzz and continue to do this throughout the day. It's actually improved my life. My social anxiety and depression are gone and I'm way happier doing my job and do a better job at that. Still, I'm worried I'm not going to be able to do this forever, even if I do feel like a million bucks and am in perfect health right now. Should I just say fuck the norm and keep doing my thing? They say don't fix something that isn't broken.

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  • You don't say how old you are.

    Maybe nothing is broken at the moment, but it will be if you continue as you are. The current scientific opinion is that no level of alcohol consumption is safe. It always causes damage, and although it can take some time for symptoms to appear, the damage is cumulative and often irreversible. It's not really surprising that after only four years of heavy alcohol consumption there are no obvious signs of problems, since a healthy young person's body is capable of absorbing a lot of damage before it becomes permanent.

    You can be sure if you keep up your current levels of drinking, you will eventually suffer problems with your liver, pancreas, immune system and cardiovascular system. You'll also be more likely to have problems with your digestive tract and more likely to get various forms of cancer.

    You seem to believe that you aren't alcohol-dependent, but I have to wonder if you've ever tried going without booze for a weekend. If you can't manage that, then you clearly do have a problem, even if you don't want to admit it.

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    • Well, it depends on what you mean by dependent. I'm incredibly fortunate in that I appear to have no physical addiction whatsoever. I suppose that's a genetic thing. If I were even moderately inclined toward alcoholism physically I would have been in bad shape when I didn't drink for a week a few months ago as an experiment.

      Mentally? Yes and no. I'm not in the sense that one might think of. It wasn't a week of misery or feeling like I might reach for the bottle or anything like that. It wasn't very hard, but the thing was, it was technically slightly harder than my normal life. In other words, I learned I could quit, but I also learned I wasn't sure I really wanted to. I lived my life. I went through the motions. It was like it was before increasing drinking. I could always manage, but the alcohol makes me a little more energetic and social, more happy, more hardworking, and as I've said I'm totally functional, more so than I was in early 20s. I'm 30 now. A stranger would never even guess I'd had a drop. I don't actually feel or appear drunk, just lightly medicated.

      So you could say I'm mentally dependent but not like someone desperately trying to escape reality so much as like someone in control and taking a medicine in a highly regulated way at regular intervals to treat mild depression and social anxiety. There's no passing out, driving, making mistakes, etc. Honestly I'm sure I could drive with ease but I won't break the law. I've previously been on such medications but this is just working much better. Despite how it sounds on the surface, this really is a choice. It's just that if my health is badly affected I'll have to stop. I will too. It will just be unfortunate because it's really helped me improve my life in every area.

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  • Abnormal to be SUPER healthy but definitely not unheard of to be a functioning alcoholic.

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  • Would you say youre an addict?
    If theres anything you want, but cant afford.
    Have you considered how much the total you spend on everything with any alchohol is per week,month, etc?
    If you wanted to, could you stop drinking for a month?
    Prove it.
    I made it like 10 days.
    cause I like to drink.

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    • Well, it depends on what you mean by dependent. I'm incredibly fortunate in that I appear to have no physical addiction whatsoever. I suppose that's a genetic thing. If I were even moderately inclined toward alcoholism physically I would have been in bad shape when I didn't drink for a week a few months ago as an experiment.

      Mentally? Yes and no. I'm not in the sense that one might think of. It wasn't a week of misery or feeling like I might reach for the bottle or anything like that. It wasn't very hard, but the thing was, it was technically slightly harder than my normal life. In other words, I learned I could quit, but I also learned I wasn't sure I really wanted to. I lived my life. I went through the motions. It was like it was before increasing drinking. I could always manage, but the alcohol makes me a little more energetic and social, more happy, more hardworking, and as I've said I'm totally functional, more so than I was in early 20s. I'm 30 now. A stranger would never even guess I'd had a drop. I don't actually feel or appear drunk, just lightly medicated.

      So you could say I'm mentally dependent but not like someone desperately trying to escape reality so much as like someone in control and taking a medicine in a highly regulated way at regular intervals to treat mild depression and social anxiety. There's no passing out, driving, making mistakes, etc. Honestly I'm sure I could drive with ease but I won't break the law. I've previously been on such medications but this is just working much better. Despite how it sounds on the surface, this really is a choice. It's just that if my health is badly affected I'll have to stop. I will too. It will just be unfortunate because it's really helped me improve my life in every area.

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      • Welcome to the club.
        Its sometimes known as functional alchoholic.
        You process things and live normally in a state that for some is just a mess.
        I get it.
        Theres only a few issues to consider.
        You are capable, but if any smallest thing happens.
        Legally you will be found as drunk, and blamed.
        You function just fine, but from a cost analicise,
        ( fuck you spell checkers, I know its wrong)
        do you need to spend that much to feel normal?
        From a logical view, you know its unhealthy.

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  • People like you are the reason I'm not an organ donor. Just kidding I'm never going to donate my organs.

    Seriously though, you are destroying your liver!

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    • That's harsh. I'm active in my community, donate frequently, etc. I've never cheated on anyone in my life. I follow the law. I'm not a bad person in my opinion. I just drink very heavily.

      I would tend to agree with that (about the liver) so that's why I was shocked to hear I have above average liver health. I just don't see a problem at all anymore. It sounds crazy but if my health is great, there have been nothing but positive consequences of my drinking. In fact, it's the effect it had on my anxiety that allowed me to start helping out more.

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  • I drink beer not everyday depends on money I have. I drink to escape my depression. Plus it's relaxing untill I make a fool of myself on Facebook. If your drinking is under control be careful driving.

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  • This might help convince you to stop slowly killing yourself.
    https://youtu.be/RJ0q6-fY6y0

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  • i hopes yall aint an airline pilot or a nuclear plant operator

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    • I'm not actually drunk when I fly though and if I'm tired I use cocaine.








      Kidding. Not a pilot.

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      • good joke denzel

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        • I'm afraid this went over my head. Does Denzel Washington play a character that pilots drunk? I swear I hadn't seen it if that's the case!

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          • flight

            its maybe 5-7 years old (?)

            he plays an airline pilot whos a drunk & a cokehead who has the plane go batshit but saves it from a catastrophic crash with a combinationa skills and experience and alcohol & coke fueled confidence

            the movie then goes onto the investigation and his life & redemption from the demon rum

            its a good movie

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