I drink too much.

It’s true. The words are out. I – the writer of this blog – drink too much. Way, way, way too much. Dangerously much, so I learned yesterday.
Water. That is.
I drink too much water.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not trying to make light of alcohol abuse. At all.
(I myself am, after all, a person with a profound lack of self-discipline and bad impulse control. So that could also definitely become a problem – although I have officially not imbibed any alcoholic substances since the 1st of November and plan to do so until (at least) the end of the year).
But todays blog is about my increasingly (too) high intake of water. Because, as it turns out – I suck at moderation. Of any kind whatsoever. Be it fast food, sleep, time spent gaming or other (un)healthy habits. Danger, danger!

Yesterday, as I found myself refilling my 1.5 liter coca cola bottle for the fifth time that day, I realized that I might be overdoing things (as per fucking usual). Because I wasn’t using them to water the plants-I-don’t-have (although, the three that I do have COULD use some water, come to think of it). Anyway!

We all know that drinking enough water is vital for our well-being. We get Döpper bottles thrown at us at every work occasion, all of the sports routines and diets preach drinking at least 1.5 to 2 liters a day and every doctor will tell you that hydration is key to a healthy life. Water is supposed to be good for you.

But with an onset of a hefty headache (and no booze to blame for it) and a distinct need to visit the ladies room every 30 minutes or so disrupting my poor nights rest – it became obvious that drinking over 7 liters a day might be a tad overboard. And then I made the mistake of Googling how much is too much, only to discover that anything over 8 liters can cause serious issues for your kidneys. WHOOPS.

So I’m back to drinking single glasses, instead of filling that bottle for laziness purposes. You see, my brain is a little bit weird. I have to empty containers that are given to me. ASAP. If you give me a glass of whatever, I’ll drink it. If you put a plate of food in front of me, I’ll clean it. If I grab a bag of chips, I’m emptying it and if I start a cake, it’s going down. I just can’t leave something ‘halfway‘. I can’t. I have to finish what I start, even if it’s 1.5 liter cola bottles full of water.

So in an effort to become a more moderate person – I am capping my intakes from now on. Putting chips in a bowl (and stopping after finishing them) – drinking glasses instead of bottles and just not bringing anything that it’s going to cause a lack of control into the house (like family sized bags of M&M’s. Or bottles of wine. Or ‘party’ bags of Cheese Onion Lays). If I can’t act like a normal person around these things – I just won’t get to have them.

‘This is why I can’t have ‘nice’ things’

35 thoughts on “I drink too much.

  1. Is It an emotional crutch? The beauty about this scenario is that you acknowledge the problem. And that’s means your way ahead of the game, The truth of the matter is, we are in a traumatic event in history with this pandemic. Don’t beat yourself up too much about this. My suggestion is start reserving those internalized fears and issues if you have any. As it will be the best way and how to overcome your issue. You got this.

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  2. Well, as I have a very severe form of irritable bowel disease, I have to be cautious with pretty much everything that I eat and drink/ Moderation is certainly mandatory for me. It’s tough though, as I love eating and at times I forget…and usually pay the price.
    Fun opening by the way: you really had me with that one! 😂

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    1. Oh damn…
      I am soooo glad I have ‘een ijzeren gestel’ because with the way I treat my body I’d have been doomed with any ailment or illness…
      Sucks that you have to deal with that tho!
      (And thanks 🤭🥳)

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  3. Mulgar the Uber-fluffy Star Toy trudged his weary fluffy legs back towards his spacecraft.

    “That was quick,” said his little robot co-pilot, waiting at the hatch. “Did you see Zoe, then?”

    “Change of plan,” sighed Mulgar.

    “But… but you adore her blog so much! You glow magic cosmic rainbows for an hour, every time you read it! You crossed five galaxies to meet her! What the — ?”

    “Apparently, she can’t have nice things,” replied Mulgar. “Besides, I met one of her plants when I was almost at her door. Y’know it had actually grown legs? Just so it could pack up a little bag of soil and leave… go somewhere it might get a chance of being watered for once!”

    “Harsh,” sighed the robot (in a very un-roboty sigh voice)

    ——————— in a surreal mood… I think I need hydration 🛸🛸🛸

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  4. I find it easy to drink plenty of water but tend to drink at the wrong times of the day, usually late in the evening and I’m like you getting up in the night to visit the loo. Sometimes we need to find out “off” switch. Ian

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  5. I had heard from friend that drinking too much water could cause alcohol like symptoms. I don’t know if this is true, but I was quite fascinated by the idea. Have you or any of your followers ever heard this? Is just some weird urban legend that I picked up?

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  6. Many years ago someone died from water intoxication – she had been participating in a water drinking comp on a radio show. She consumed gallons of course, but yes, too much H2O is no good in rapid intake.

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  7. I hear you. There are a lot of us about. I have to buy multi packs of small chocolate buys (if any can come in the house at all) and individual icecreams, else the tub never makes it’s way back to the freezer. I’m fine until I’ve opened it – the packet, box, jar, tub, bottle – and then it has to go! I have wonderful dialogue with myself about it as I see the compulsive behaviour too! Some of us just seem to be wired that way. Do whatever works to keep it in check – most importantly, stay honestly aware of the habits creeping in… it’s so easy for me to just swap one habit (even good ones) for another, when the one has got out of hand. Awareness and acknowledgement is key and asking – why am I doing this? What would happen if I didn’t do this? that’s interesting!

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  8. Tipping some of that water into the plants would slightly improve the balance, bit would still be a lot above limits.
    Beware of reusing the cola bottles for too long though, they don’t remain food grade too long.

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  9. Wow, more than 7 liters? I battle to get 1 liter into my body…
    I grew up hearing ‘alles met ‘te’ (too) vooraan, is sleg vir jou’, in other words, never overdo anything, whether it is meant to be good for you, or not. Moderation in everything. Too much eating, too much drinking, too little sleeping, too many pills, etc. (BTW, I am Afrikaans speaking, in case anybody wondered…)
    Sounds to me you are an ‘all or nothing’ kind of girl, so I applaud your honesty to yourself and your effort to change that! 🙂

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