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Posted By : curlytoot - 8/24/2017 7:03 PM
A teacher, friend and I split two bottles of wine, and teacher and I each had one and a half shots of Anisette(?) (friend had a 4 hr drive, so he didn't partake in shots). Drank sparkling water the whole time as opposed to regular ice water, which I didn't realize until AFTER the fact that carbonated water doesn't help out w/ alcohol like regular does. Not much of a big drinker, maybe a beer or two a week. I'm a 24 y/o male, never drank in high school, only one or two drinks in undergrad, drank more in grad school but still for the most part prob not as much as my friends.

Generally I drink water with my alcohol so I can counteract some of the effects/not get hungover, but I forgot/didn't realize that 1. Wine has much higher alcohol content than beer 2. The carbonated water wasn't helping out at all. I am a musician, a brass player to be more exact, so anything weird going on with my lip(s) kind of freaks me out, naturally. Good news is that it wasn't like w/ Novocain; I had sensation in my lip and could move it around like normal. Woke up next morning and lip still felt a little "off" (and maybe a little dry/chapped), but I can play my instrument okay, and a couple other friends said that when they drink heavily, they experience numbness/weird stuff w/ their lips, as well. Just trying to figure out what's going on, I guess. It's been a few days and the feeling comes and goes; basically had a panic attack the other night over this, worrying that it would be stuck feeling this way forever. Then again, for all I know at this point I may be hallucinating a problem that doesn't exist, just by virtue of worrying so much.

Naturally, when I looked online for answers I found people freaking out that this sort of thing is a neurological disorder/nerve damage, so I seriously hope that's not the case...

Posted By : Alcie - 8/29/2017 3:47 PM
Of course it's a nerve problem! You numbed your lip nerves, by contact, not an injected anesthetic. If you drink enough you can get a numb lip, and a whole bottle of wine plus more is an awful lot! If it hasn't gone away by now you need to see a doctor! Even plain water isn't going to keep you from being drunk enough to fail a breath test or blood test if you get caught driving. I wouldn't like being around you driving.

You don't want to lose your job, so better cut down the drinking. If you are a music teacher, you know how few of those jobs are available, and a DUI could get you blacklisted.

I wouldn't sweat the chapped lips. Alcohol is dehydrating. But if you need your lips, that's another reason to cut down on the booze.

Another reason you can view is the threads you can read on the hepatitis forum. There are very few livers available for transplant.

Sorry for being harsh, but I care about you. Please take care of yourself.
Love, Alcie

Posted By : curlytoot - 9/2/2017 11:42 AM
"I wouldn't like being around you driving."

Okay, thanks... But I wasn't driving... And I'm not a music teacher; I'm a freelance musician in NYC who relies on the subway to get virtually everywhere. I don't drink often at all. And I've never drank enough before to get numb, whatsoever. There is no need to be so harsh; I didn't endanger anyone and I have no chances of losing a job just from drinking at dinner with my old private lessons teacher and a friend of mine/fellow student of his.

Posted By : Alcie - 9/7/2017 6:45 AM
Sorry about seeming harsh. I'm glad you don't drink often, and especially don't drive after drinking. It's common though for people to be picked up for being drunk just walking home, so continue to be careful. I'm glad you feel better now.

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