Can drinking lead to suicidal tendencies?


  • Sep 19, 2011 3:13 AM GMT
    Now before I go on with this, I would like everybody who is reading this post to know that I am generally a happy person and have no wishes to end my life prematurely, however I do think I need serious help.

    I was in NYC over the weekend for my birthday. Saturday night my friend and I went out bar hopping and I got pretty drunk. I had 3 Long Island iced teas, in addition to a few other different drinks. But the iced teas nearly made me lose my mind. I blacked out a few times. We went from one bar, and the next thing I remember is I'm standing in this other club dancing on a stage with my friend. I have no idea how we got there. Then I blacked out again, this time I was sitting in a chair in front of a table with a broken glass in my hand, I was gently caressing the shard with my thumbs, When I realized what I was doing and I immediately put the glass down. I must have been thinking about cutting myself, thinking about suicide. I almost had a nervous breakdown in front of everyone at the club. I am really scared here and need advice on how to handle this. Yes I decided to stop drinking, but I feel that's not enough. I think I might have some kind of suppressed feelings.
  • waccamatt

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    Sep 19, 2011 3:32 AM GMT
    Alcohol is a depressant so it definitely could bring about negative thoughts. If you can't handle alcohol, don't use it and go see a professional counselor - pronto. Be thankful you recognized this event - now do something about it. The best thing about getting a little older, like me, is that you know from experience that nothing is ever as bad as it seems and things always have a way of working themselves out. Good luck.
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    Sep 19, 2011 3:33 AM GMT
    gridlockmaster88 saidNow before I go on with this, I would like everybody who is reading this post to know that I am generally a happy person and have no wishes to end my life prematurely, however I do think I need serious help.

    I was in NYC over the weekend for my birthday. Saturday night my friend and I went out bar hopping and I got pretty drunk. I had 3 Long Island iced teas, in addition to a few other different drinks. But the iced teas nearly made me lose my mind. I blacked out a few times. We went from one bar, and the next thing I remember is I'm standing in this other club dancing on a stage with my friend. I have no idea how we got there. Then I blacked out again, this time I was sitting in a chair in front of a table with a broken glass in my hand, I was gently caressing the shard with my thumbs, When I realized what I was doing and I immediately put the glass down. I must have been thinking about cutting myself, thinking about suicide. I almost had a nervous breakdown in front of everyone at the club. I am really scared here and need advice on how to handle this. Yes I decided to stop drinking, but I feel that's not enough. I think I might have some kind of suppressed feelings.

    Alcohol is known to induce depression. In some persons this may advance to self-destructive thoughts. It varies by the individual.
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    Sep 19, 2011 3:33 AM GMT
    Please call a counselor. The thoughts that you had are probably based on far more variables than can be adequately addressed by anyone via a forum. Your doing the right thing asking for advise though!

    Stay open to the world and all the best to you.
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    Sep 19, 2011 3:35 AM GMT
    "As alcohol is a depressant, it promotes depressive thoughts and feelings of hopelessness in some individuals. It also removes any inhibitions a person might usually have to harm themselves."

    You may want to seek professional help. Perhaps you do have some suppressed emotional baggage that is trying to surface
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    Sep 19, 2011 3:41 AM GMT
    Alcohol is a depressant, and it can lower your inhibitions. You may want to talk to a professional at least a little bit to see if you can determine if the alcohol caused your problem or if it just let something loose that was already there.
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    Sep 19, 2011 3:57 AM GMT
    I went to Europe last week and spent my birthday in London. I got drunk but I know how to handle my drinks. It's my birthday so I want to have a blast with some friends. I know what I'm doing but not crazy drunk. Enjoy your birthday but make sure watch you drink & what you do. Sometimes you loose control of yourself and get pretty drunk. Remember alcohol is depressant. icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 19, 2011 4:16 AM GMT
    so , like im totally in love with the guy above me... muchmorethanblahblah......
    anyway, alcohol is a total depressant. take it from someone who struggled with booze on and off for many years.... at your young age, got with the fact you 'cant really hold booze', and dont try to build up that resistance... it only leads to trouble....see someone about your issues.
    and i guess in this day and age, you have to watch your drink.... yikes..
    not like the old days... icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 19, 2011 4:32 PM GMT
    You need to stay away from alcohol as it may be bringing out submerged,depressive feelings.You should go seek professional help on this matter as the incident you describe sounds pretty serious(black outs,loss of memory).
    I went through a period from my late teens to late twenties when I struggled with over consumption of the stuff.It brought out my own sad feelings about things,life,etc.,and was really no good for me.I rarely consume it now.
    We seem to underestimate the dangers of alcohol somehow;maybe because it`s so available/acceptable in our society.
    Best wishes.
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    Sep 19, 2011 4:34 PM GMT
    Ravco saidPlease call a counselor. The thoughts that you had are probably based on far more variables than can be adequately addressed by anyone via a forum. Your doing the right thing asking for advise though!

    Stay open to the world and all the best to you.


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    Sep 19, 2011 4:49 PM GMT
    I know long island iced teas are strong, but that reaction shouldn't have happened.

    Are you on any medication? Alcohol mixed with other drugs will cause effects that shouldn't be felt with either alone.

    Also, are you totally sure your drink wasn't in someone else's hands at any point?

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    Sep 19, 2011 4:49 PM GMT
    Not everyone tolerates alcohol the same way. Maybe its just not for you. I have tried in earnest numerous times to develop a tolerance for it, but it always ends in depression, even by drinking just a small glass of wine per day.
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    Sep 19, 2011 4:54 PM GMT
    I'm gonna go against the advice here... We need some more information. How often do you drink and have you ever had an experience like this before?

    You should not freak out over holding the broken glass... It may have been poor judgment to play with it, but why do you think you were going to hurt yourself? You said yourself that you were blacked out... you don't know what was happening when you came to.

    It honestly doesn't sound like you drank a lot. You could be sensitive, but I am just as likely to suspect that someone saw a young guy having fun and slipped something in your drink. You may have been drugged.

  • Sep 19, 2011 10:47 PM GMT
    kandsk saidI'm gonna go against the advice here... We need some more information. How often do you drink and have you ever had an experience like this before?

    You should not freak out over holding the broken glass... It may have been poor judgment to play with it, but why do you think you were going to hurt yourself? You said yourself that you were blacked out... you don't know what was happening when you came to.

    It honestly doesn't sound like you drank a lot. You could be sensitive, but I am just as likely to suspect that someone saw a young guy having fun and slipped something in your drink. You may have been drugged.


    I was suspicious that I may have been drugged too, it is New York after all, but I'm not sure. And yes I'm sorry I forgot to mention this earlier, I am a social drinker, I almost never get drunk when I'm out because, aside from being a lightweight, I'm almost always the one who drives. And I have been drunk before, which is what baffles me because those other times I have been drunk I am normally happy and talkative. And that night I did have some things on my mind which I thought I had gotten over but I guess they came back with a double whammy.
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    Sep 20, 2011 8:29 AM GMT

    The story could be completely different if someone did have access to your drink. You could have gotten drugged, he tried to drag you home, you grabbed a bottle and smashed it over his head.

    Was there no one there to fill you in on what happened?