I'm a college freshman and I consume alcohol regularly on the weekends.
This past weekend, I drank more than I usually do. Friday night, I drank half a handle of vodka, tequila shots, and beer. I induced vomiting at the end of the night to make myself feel better. The next morning, my stomach wasn't feeling so great, but I ended up drinking again Saturday night. On Saturday, I didn't have as much to drink as I did on Friday, but I got EXTREMELY sick. I was vomiting profusely for the better part of four hours. Obviously, Sunday morning I wasn't feeling well. Extreme nausea, headache, lightheaded, couldn't concentrate, felt weak, muscles hurt: the normal hangover symptoms.
Today I'm feeling just as bad as I did yesterday, but now I'm having some pretty bad anxiety that something more could be wrong with me. I've never had a hangover for more than a day. Today my vision is a bit blurry and almost darkened and it takes more energy to do normal things than it should. I'm shaking and my muscles just don't seem to be as controlled as they should. I fear that I may have had (or still have) alcohol poisoning or had been subjected to rufilin.
I have a pretty strong history of anxiety and depression.
Should I seek medical help, or just pass these symptoms off as anxiety?
Alcohol is poison at worst, and a serious depressant at least. It is also cardio-toxic and causes damage to the throat and stomach lining especially when you are doing shots or swallowing anything in its straight-up form. Vomiting makes that worse because now as the alcohol passes the throat again it is mixed with powerful acids from the stomach. Not good on many levels as you can see. Tying-on a good one several days in a row will cause 'the shakes' as your body tries to normalize itself. At this point, my guess is that you are seriously dehydrated. You certainly might have poisoned yourself, but the vomiting and the passage of time probably saved you a trip to the emergency room, perhaps even ICU and a ventilator. Simply put, you dodged a bullet. Even if you were a 300 lb linebacker, you could not have tolerated that kind of alcohol ingestion. Drink lots of water, in small sips if your stomach is still heaving. If you seriously think somebody passed you a Rufie, you are drinking with some dangerous, clueless people. If you remain sick all day, or cannot re-hydrate yourself, suck it up and ask somebody to drive you to the hospital. Your 'anxiety' is probably intense worry. Well-placed, I might add. Good luck to you.
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