‘Tis The Season To Be Jolly!

And that’s part of the problem, isn’t it?  That “requirement” to be having a great time.  And let’s face it, for many of us, having a really good time means having a drink or three or four or more… Not to mention all those jolly people getting into the festive spirit (or wine or beer…) and telling you, “Go on, just have one more.  It’s Christmas, after all!”

It all gets a bit much at times: the intense pressure from every quarter – TV and print media, the retail sector, the songs on the radio and in every restaurant and bar in town – to have a wonderful time, for this to be “the very best time of the year”.  That and the feeling that if you’re not having such a wonderful time, you’re a failure in some way…

Apart from anything else, there’s the cost – travel (and that’s a source of stress all by itself at this time of year), the ever-growing mound of presents that seem to be expected, and the food (and drink).  And there have been warnings in the UK press lately about loan sharks targeting families over the festive period, preying on people’s desire to give their families the best Christmas ever…

And then, talking of family, there’s the pressure that comes from pretty much having to spend time with – and have fun with! – people whom you don’t see for much of the rest of the year and with whom you have very little in common, other than being related by blood or marriage, and may not particularly like.

On yes, there’s a reason why depressions rates and even, tragically, suicide attempts, rise in the aftermath of the festive season, and a reason why for so many people, sadly, the whole holiday passes in an alcoholic haze, recriminations and rows about drinking…

It’s all enough to make anyone reach for the bottle…

Don’t get me wrong, Christmas can be a wonderful time of the year, but if you’re struggling to control your drinking, all of the above plus the fact that alcohol seems to be everywhere at this time of year doesn’t exactly lower your stress levels.

Which is where The Sinclair Method and Naltrexone or Nalmefene come in.

It’s very hard to avoid drinking completely at this time of year, even if you want to.  And let’s face it, most of us don’t want to.  We’d like to be able to have a nice wine with our Christmas dinner, or a couple of beers at the pub with our mates, or even some champagne on New Year’s Eve.

And with TSM, if that’s what you want, that’s what you can do.  Without falling into the bottle and not coming out until God knows when.  Without having to sneak off to have a swift swig from your secret stash of booze, without getting into arguments with your family or fights with strangers.  Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to remember the good time you had?  With TSM, you can.  And what’s more, so can your family and friends.

If you or a loved one are worried about coping at this time of year, or are seeing your drinking levels rise as the festivities progress, you might find Joanna’s experience of TSM and Christmas interesting.  Please also remember that while we’re not available 24/7, we will also be available to answer emails to Joanna@c3foundationeurope.org or questions on our forum.

Stick to the Golden Rule: take that naltrexone tablet 1 hour before you drink (for nalmefene, 2 hours prior) and then go and have a good time!  Remember to drink mindfully – to listen to the feedback from your brain telling you that you don’t actually want that extra pint or shot – and enjoy!  Enjoy the time off work.  Enjoy the time with friends and loved ones.  Enjoy eating far too much rich food!  And enjoy being able to remember it all.  To remember having enjoyed the most wonderful time of the year.

Happy TSM holidays, everyone!