Do you ever drink to deal with stress?

@Serina (70)
United States
May 7, 2007 7:57pm CST
Right now I am supposed to be working online. The calls have dwindled in between but the residual stress of listening to dissatisfied customers have not. Geesh, I awoke this morning sick all over. Now,a once recovering alcoholic, I have found that drinking before taking online calls seems to make the calls go easier. I know, I know. This is not a good solution and only one that will lead to perpetual destruction. But for now it seems to help alleviate all the pain that my quicky aging and decripit body endures. Oh woe with me. Have you ever drank to deal with stress? What do you do to deal with stress when it becomes to much to handle?
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@derek_a (10902)
8 May 07
Years ago when I was a pro. musician I woke up one morning, thirsty and my first thought was to get a drink, but this was the start of a vicious circle that got me into all sort of problems as well damage my health. When I'd had my first drink of the day, everything I was worrying about seemed to disappear to be replaced by a warm glow. I was never ever drunk in those days - just anaesthetised to the everyday problems in life. I ended up getting the sack from the nightclub I worked at because my concentration was starting to suffer and I was hitting bum notes. Losing my job was fortunate in a way, because I wasn't exposed to drink any more in the club, and as my money reserves dwindled away to nothing, I could not afford a drink. Then came a day of clarity when I vowed to quit completely and was tee-total for two years. I started to realise, after getting rid of the "shakes" that life can be very enjoyable stone-cold sober. I can drink now, but only very little before I feel the effects, so I tend not to bother at all. I don't think I was ever an alcholic, but very near to it. I am now a therapist, and often help people with drink problems. The best "tool" I use is meditation. I do this myself and teach others.