Trevis's blog - holiday toddies and MS

Be it a seasonal pint with mates, a hot whiskey by the fire or a Dickensian bowl of Christmas punch, ‘tis the season of spirits around the world.  While we all know that drinking and driving is unacceptable any time of the year, when you live with multiple sclerosis, simply drinking and walking can increase the degree of difficulty to Olympic proportions.

Reaction times for people living with MS can already be compromised. Many of us are told (and most of us already know) that we look intoxicated when we walk having not seen a drop.  I know that I wouldn't pass the field sobriety tests  - which mirror many of my neurologist’s exams – after my morning coffee, let alone after a holiday session.

Couple alcohol with any of the fistfuls of medication that we may or may not take for our MS symptoms, and we may not remember what we’ve forgotten.

For many of us this inability to enjoy even the simplest of social pleasures makes MS seem even worse during the traditional season of a drink or two. Not that we needed/wanted yet another reminder that we’re not like we used to be. It can also be yet another time/place that we have to explain our condition to people; something which can grow stale at the best of times.

I know that I can no longer hold the drink as I could prior to multiple sclerosis (and that’s not just an age thing…).  I also know that I am not alone.

I’ve recently written a blog on this topic at Everyday Health and asked if our readers there have any thoughts about drinking and MS. Being that it’s ‘The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year’ and all, I thought I’d ask the same of our UK cousins.

If I don’t get a chance to make another post before the holidays, I wish you all the Happiest of Christmases an may we all have a peaceful and healthful New Year.

Cheers

Trevis

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