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Embarrassing problem - Bed wetting after alcohol

  • 11-08-2022 2:46am
    Registered Users Posts: 36 Kennek1

    So I work, I play sports I am a genuinely smart guy. Social and love a pint. I have a problem. If I drink more then 6 pints and decide to go to bed, I could piss the bed.

    I really am finally looking for help as I tried to dip and die this situation for to long but when it comes to stags, weddings and being with girls I try to stay up all night just to keep going to the toilet and not be my own bed or some beautiful ladies bed (rare🤣).

    It's such a nuisance. My mother is my greatest hero as she has cleaned up after me so many times after big games when we would go on the beer and say nothing. She is the only person I eventually told after being confronted. The regret!

    Apart from not drinking to much, has anybody got any suggestions on how to stop the bladder?

    Post edited by Big Bag of Chips on



  • Registered Users Posts: 36 Kennek1

    Ps. I'd try to stay awake among as I can so I can pee as much as i can.

  • Registered Users Posts: 77,776 ✭✭✭✭Atlantic Dawn

    What kind of fluid output do you have during the time you are drinking those 6 pints? Also are you drinking a lot of other fluids like water before you go on the beer, if so how much? Is your BMI high or low?

  • Registered Users Posts: 78,011 ✭✭✭✭Victor

    There are products like sanitary pads (that you wear in your pants): Incontinence sheets for the bed and then various types of mattress protector, some of which are fully water proof.

    However, all of the above are reacting to the situation, perhaps have a chat with your GP about the underlying issue.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,766 ✭✭✭rolling boh

    Definitely see your doctor if you layed off the beer do you still go to the loo as much if you were drinking something else during the day like coffee etc .

  • Registered Users Posts: 483 ✭✭fran38

    Man, I feel your pain. You're not the only one with this type of issue. I'd go easy in the beer while you figure this out. I've no concrete answers bar the above. Let us know how you get on ya?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,539 ✭✭✭notAMember

    Have you talked to a doctor or googled this?

    If it helps, it's called nocturnal enuresis

    It's a fairly common problem, affects some more than others. Alcohol can irritate muscles in the bladder. Plus, alcohol is a diuretic, which means it causes you to produce more urine. It does this by inhibiting the production of a hormone called vasopressin.

    Are you a coffee or tea drinker too? Caffeine can make it worse again.

    It's a bit like the guy who walks into a doctor and says, it hurts when I do this. And the doctor says, stop doing that. Have you considered drinking less alcohol?

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,233 ✭✭✭thefallingman

    Could be a bladder or prostate issue op I’d get an X-ray done in that area, could even be a trapped kidney stone, is your pee stop start on normal days with no booze ?

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,662 ✭✭✭Furze99

    If I drank six pints, I'd be scuttered!!

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 51,674 Mod ✭✭✭✭Stheno

    Moved from work problems

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,571 ✭✭✭theteal

    OP, I think it's actually quite common. I know of at least 3 blokes that are/were prone to a sleepwalk pi$$ after a skinfull - granted, I've never heard of them actually doing it in the bed but I don't think anybody would admit to that. In saying that, 6 pints would be a quiet night back then, I'd hear stories of this after the pub - nightclub - after session kind of night. I think the solution for 1 was to lay off the whiskey - that was the trigger.

    The only solution I can think of is the one you don't want, I'm afraid.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,613 ✭✭✭El Tarangu

    Don't drink more than 6 pints, would be the solution that jumps out at me.

  • Registered Users Posts: 939 ✭✭✭bitofabind

    Don't drink more than 6 pints then? Good for your liver as well as your bladder.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,046 ✭✭✭wildwillow

    I can't believe a mother would still change a bed for an adult. Four year olds can strip a bed and bring laundry to the laundry room.

    The solution is to drink fewer than six pints, but do get a check up in case it has an underlying cause.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 20,576 CMod ✭✭✭✭amdublin

    I think you need to have a chat with your doctor

    I also think that hearing about your mother cleaning up for you instead of telling you to stop drinking so much is the most Irish thing I've ever heard in my whole life

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,486 ✭✭✭standardg60

    As suggested above, caffeine may be the culprit here. If the OP indulges in coffee, tea or particular fizzy drinks that is most likely their issue

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,463 ✭✭✭Wheety

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,936 ✭✭✭skallywag

    Maybe try upping your intake gradually, your body should adapt.

    OP, this is a lot more common that one would think, I've had bouts of this when I was younger, went on for a few years. The first time it happened I actually thought that water had leaked down somehow from the attic and into my bed, I got up and told my dad, he came into the room and could see instantly what had happened, I was in complete denail. Also have friends who had similar experiences, though you will find that most folk wont bring this up so easily in open conversation.

    I would even partially wake up sometimes and think that I was in the jacks and go for a piddle in the corner of my room etc. One pal even once went into his parents bedroom and piddled all over them in the bed, you can imagine their reaction to that ...

    This phase lasted for 2-3 years for me, and then for some reason just stopped. I cannot think of any reason why.

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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 20,576 CMod ✭✭✭✭amdublin

    Or drink less so you are not passed out comatose. Two instead of six etc

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,681 ✭✭✭zoobizoo

    As my gran said to me years ago after I told her I'd have 6/8 pints a night:

    "Would you ever sit and drink 6 pints of tea?'

    Eh no, that would be ridiculous. Forgetting about the alcohol, 6 pints of any liquid in a sitting is a lot.

    I don't give my 4 year old more than a few sips of water before bed as he'll pee him self.

    Deal with the shame or deal with the volume you're consuming.

  • You are a grown man wetting the bed after drinking alcohol and you don't know what to do about it? The answer is obvious - either drink less, or quit drinking. Alcohol doesn't suit you.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,905 ✭✭✭YellowLead

    Just see your gp! It could be something easily fixable and you’ll wonder why you haven’t done it sooner.

    My ex had the same issue - would always piss the bed after a nights drinking no matter how long he stayed up trying to make sure he’d gone to the toilet enough. He had an operation to have something expanded (can’t remember what) and problem solved - he regretted he waited until late 30s to get it seen to.

  • Registered Users Posts: 449 ✭✭Sonic the Shaghog

    Jesus Christ I can't get over it. Grown men who'll happily piss the bed and let their mothers or girlfriends see it happening and still won't give up the beer. The absolute state of it. Not to mention the women that put up with it. If it was happening from all liquid if feel sorry but no sympathy here

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,507 ✭✭✭✭Calahonda52

    Adult pull-ups, pelvic floor exercises, ( don't over do them as you will weaken the pelvic floor before it gets stronger) , rubber mattress cover.

    Been there, not with drink but after cancer surgery.

    “I can’t pay my staff or mortgage with instagram likes”.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,822 ✭✭✭✭cj maxx

    Apart from obviously seeing your doctor, I'll give you a tip ,from experience. Make sure your last pee before bed is a sit down one. It empites the bladder SO much more than standing , why do you think while drinking equally with a girl / woman they need to go MUCH less

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,330 ✭✭✭TheW1zard

    7 pints is too much

  • Registered Users Posts: 8 Bipass

    you should stop drinking and then see your gp to check for underlying issues. good luck

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,169 ✭✭✭apache

    Knock the pints on the head....