I don't know when it started but I've found myself drinking more and more recently, to the point where I'm basically drinking every night and can't really relax unless I've had a couple of cans when I get home in the evening. I don't really know how to stop. Should I be worried?
Thanks for your post Gr801. It can be really tough to talk to people when things aren't going right, but I'm super glad you decided to reach out .
I'm Justin, a member of the OutLife support team. I can relate to what you're going through: I've had problems with drinking too much in the past. There have been some pretty difficult times for me when I've been drinking daily, and trying to hide the fact I'm drinking from my friends and loved ones. It really sucks, especially when you're not sure how to stop and the whole things sort of creeps up on you.
But please don't be frightened, there are lots of places out there where you can get support. Also, you're far from alone: problems with alcohol are relatively common in the LGBTQ+ community and that means there are a lot of other people who are, or have struggled with this.
I'm going to link out to a few resources that you might find helpful. Reading them might help you decide how you want to move forward:
I used to drink every night for about ten+ years ... These days (past few months) I'm down to two times a week ... But it's not perfect. I have no advice other than to state the obvious: if you need to drink alone every night, you're heading to alcoholism. And when there it's not easy to stop.