I can't wait to have a drink.
Oh my God, I am so stressed I NEED a beer.
I can't wait for my Friday so I can have a drink!
... We've all been there, but when does your "Friday" start happening every day of the week? Are you finding yourself stopping at the gas station after every shift to pick up a six pack? To some of you that might sound ridiculous, but to others, it's a reality. One day of drinking leads to two, three, four.. before you know it you have someone hungover, or worse, drunk, at the dispatch console. Not only is it terrible for your health ( everything is okay in moderation) but it could be detrimental to your county you dispatch for, and your center as a whole if you show up unable to preform your job functions at 110%.
You can try to do it yourself, It might work! There are many, many resources across the internet to help you do so, such as Kevin O'Hara's book "Hang Loose Without Booze: 81 Simple Tools to Stress Less and Relax More Without Drinking Alcohol". Whether it's you, or maybe you get the book or a similar one for a friend, it helps. In O'Hara's book he really hits it home with his advice on how to handle your drinking problem. ** This book is not a substitute for a physician or medical advice **
Alcohol is a short term fix for a long term problem, we all like to have a drink every now and then, and that's perfectly fine! When you start having to hide it, or when it interferes with your normal day to day life.. that's when the issue arises, and believe it or not, alcohol is a depressant, so cheers to a better mood! Basically, its NOT going to solve and problems, refer back to my earlier blog http://dispatcherdown.weebly.com/home/finding-the-focal-point for tips on reducing stress in your life!
"I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail" - Kevin O'Hara