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Posted on 2007.09.07 at 23:01
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For the past two weeks, I've been feeling overly tired and mentally exhausted despite the fact that I've been getting 8-hours of sleep every single night.

One could say that I've just been over doing it since moving in exactly two weeks ago today. What with all the moving and unpacking, getting the kids in school, and the change in my hours from rolling in around eleven o'clock to awaking every morning at zero six-thirty.

Still, I handle my various stresses fairly well - and only react to them short-term. Normally, that is. There's been nothing normal about how exhausted I've been lately. Even with the full nights of sleep, and frankly, nothing else has changed.

galinda822 noticed, however, and began to question me about this. "Are you depressed? Are you waking up in the middle of the night? Is there something on your mind? Have you been to doctor for a check-up?" Of course I came up with bupkiss. I'm fine, really.

Then, as I was leaving work today, it dawned on me. The only thing different in the last two weeks has been my newfound love for Monster Energy Drinks. I have a row of all five flavors, stacked two high on my desk, replete with a monstrous (pardon the pun) 24-oz can of Assult that drax0r had brought me today. I've been drinking them daily, sometimes two a day. They're absolutely loaded with L-carnitine, caffeine, guarana, taurine, ginsing, and lots and lots of sugar. BAM!

When I divulged my findings to galinda822 later that day, she knew that was it. "You've become addicted and you're going through withdrawals." Well, that sounded fishy to me, until I remembered I was jonesing for one last weekend. Since I only drink them at work, I don't have access to them at the house. I remember craving them last weekend. Wanting one. Needing one. Thinking of reasons to go to the store to get one...Her theory was becoming more and more plausible as I thought about it. When we took my son to the emergency room last weekend, we'd stopped at CVS Pharmacy to get his prescription filled and I bought one then. I remember it well, as it was my first can of KHAOS and it immediately calmed me.

Hello. My name is Eric, and I have a problem. I'm addicted to Monster-brand energy drinks after only a two-week period. Sorry drax0r, but that 24-ounce can of Assault was my last. I need to regain control of my life, and start resting when I sleep.


galinda822 at 2007-09-08 05:15 (UTC) (Link)

No more "Monsters"

I'm so happy I was able to help you come to terms with your addiction! I'm there for you if you need me. :)

ehowton at 2007-09-08 05:18 (UTC) (Link)

Re: No more "Monsters"

Thank you. I'm going to have to take it one day at a time.
photogoot at 2007-09-08 05:17 (UTC) (Link)
That is evil shit. For many situations moderation is wise advice. I have thought long and hard after reading this tonight. I am not sure you do anything in moderation. "on" or "off" is what you said earlier.

Very glad to hear Monster Energy Drink = OFF
ehowton at 2007-09-08 05:19 (UTC) (Link)
Moderwhat? I don't know what language you're speaking, but I can certainly recommend Monster brand drinks for a quick pick-me-up!
photogoot at 2007-09-08 05:20 (UTC) (Link)
Will you be progressing through the 12 steps? I think you must owe me an apology for something!
ehowton at 2007-09-08 05:23 (UTC) (Link)
Just the first step, actually. Admit I have a problem, and keep doing what I'm doing. Did you really expect anything less?
codekitten at 2007-09-08 11:58 (UTC) (Link)
i have to go off caffeine (and wine) when i get pregnant (obviously). i swear the caffeine is harder.

i've had two non-decaf coffee's in that time and i felt like my heart was going to explode. weird how addicted you can get...

good luck!
ehowton at 2007-09-08 14:14 (UTC) (Link)
My wife and I give up caffeine annually and move to herb tea for between three and six months. Its tough at first, but going back to coffee always makes us happier people. BAM!
prog_guy69 at 2007-09-08 12:53 (UTC) (Link)
I've heard that "guarana" is bad stuff. It was listed as one of the ingredients in one of the pills Cyndi was going to take for her diet, but she returned the bottle unopened when we found out it had "guarana" in it.

Good luck!
ehowton at 2007-09-08 14:17 (UTC) (Link)
I'd go so far as to say that nothing</> in that can is "good for you." At least not in the quantities in which I was consuming it. I did a little research last night and turned up this article entitled Ally or Enemy?

I don't think you're supposed to drink as many as I was drinking.
drax0r at 2007-09-08 13:27 (UTC) (Link)
I am saddened by this news. Here's hoping you're well asleep after that tall boy Assault you had yesterday.

You understand, of course, that in the coming weeks I'll be an enabler and I'll try to tempt you with Monster drinks. Why? Cause you'll be a crabby mofo and nobody will want to deal with you until you... amp up.
ehowton at 2007-09-08 14:19 (UTC) (Link)
Your avatar is fitting, jackass. I have to stop all intake of Monster brand drinks, else I may very well DIE!

I'm not making this up, and you suffering because I'll be a miserable bitch is a small price for me to pay.
irulan_amy at 2007-09-08 18:16 (UTC) (Link)
Monster is the only energy drink that works for me. But I only use it when I need to stay awake to finish a paper I've put off or something. Addiction is bad! :)
ehowton at 2007-09-08 19:04 (UTC) (Link)
I bet its quite good for that. Probably best to think of it as medicine to use when needed rather than going through them like water in a two-week period.
This Is Me, Ten Sticks
lehah at 2007-09-08 18:31 (UTC) (Link)
Ill play devil's advocate and ask which one you liked the best
ehowton at 2007-09-08 19:07 (UTC) (Link)
The Original flavor. Followed by Assult, M-80 "Low-Carb" (which is a diet version of the Original) then KHAOS.

If you're gonna play with fire, go Original.
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