Steak Knife Tuesday – Is it avoidable?
Steak Knife Tuesday…
If you immediately know what a Steak Knife Tuesday is, then this unsaid truth will resonate with you.
For those who don’t know… Steak Knife Tuesday is a colloquial phrase used to describe the lousy, unsettling feeling people usually experience after a weekend of serious partying, specifically if that partying has included the intake of MDMA or Ecstasy.
It’s called a Steak Knife Tuesday because that’s the day when life tends to close in on one; irritability, mild depression, uneasiness and a basic lack of wellbeing are the symptoms. The common reaction to this state is short temperedness and a generally negative disposition toward most things.
But it doesn’t last and usually by the end of the day, or at worst by the next day, life is a bunch of roses again.
But can Steak Knife Tuesday be avoided?
We spoke to Garth Van Zyl, owner of Medicare EMR, an Emergency Medical Response company which often provides medical services to outdoor events and festivals.
Garth offered us the following unbiased explanation and warnings but it must be said… he is in no way advocating the use of recreational drugs.
“Steak Knife Tuesday is a result of Serotonin levels being very low or depleted in the body due to the consumption of MDMA and other variants.
Serotonin is responsible for appetite, sleep, memory and mood… so one must understand that a lack of Serotonin will result in you being angry, moody, irritated, tired and quick to grab that steak knife.
So how do you avoid Steak Knife Tuesday?
Double drop a sleeping pill on a Monday night and sleep through Tuesday (just kidding)!!!
Don’t do drugs, it’s that simple!
But understanding that not everyone will adhere to that instruction I can only offer you advice based on the research that I have done over the years dealing with cases at festivals.
Don’t overdo it – moderation…taking MDMA results in the mass release of Serotonin and the body’s reaction is to break it down, which depletes your Serotonin levels resulting in your body taking a knock.
Taking drugs is already risky and by mixing it with other stimulants/intoxicants, you increase the risk.
Avoid drinking alcohol if you are going to consume MDMA. It dehydrates you and results in the body losing essential sugars and salts which has an effect on your heart and other bodily functions. Always stay hydrated; water on its own is usually not enough. A sports drink like Energade or Powerade helps to replace those salts and sugars. It’s always good to keep a few sachets of Rehydrate on hand if you are planning on indulging in these substances.
There are plenty resources out there to understand exactly what it is you are putting in your body, even get your hands on a test kit to make sure you are using what they say you are using… they are available, just do some research!
Here are some massively informative links:
Have a Buddy System
Make sure you have a Buddy System in place and that you are not partying alone. Look out for each other, show some love.
Remember if you have underlying medical conditions, be responsible and let your friends know, even better – go to the medics and inform them. They are not there to judge you in any way. It will just help them if they are informed and prepare them should you be in a situation where you are unable to communicate with them.
Overheating and over hydrating
Two very important medical things to watch out when using substances such as MDMA/Ecstasy is overheating and over hydrating.
Overheating – This is the main danger with MDMA/Ecstasy. It increases the body’s core temperature, like having a fever that won’t break. This can result in febrile seizures and organ failure. So take regular breaks from stomping to chill out. Sweating is a natural process that the body under goes to help with cooling down. Taking MDMA will result in excessive sweating and this is where you lose the balance of essential salts and sugars in the body. Remember in order to sweat you will need to be hydrated.
Over Hydrating – is the other danger; on average we should drink 8 glasses of water a day – that’s 2 litres (according to convention). At a party if you are ‘skitting your biscuit’ you should be careful not to drink more than a litre of water per hour and try to urinate more frequently to avoid excessive fluid build up in your body and cells.
If you see someone who is having a difficult time, let the medics know so that they can deal with it appropriately, whether it is in the medical tent or at Psycare. This all forms part of what one calls Harm Reduction.
Live Healthy, Respect your body
Get sufficient rest before you go to a festival. Eat healthy and remember by indulging in recreational drugs you are putting your body under strain, especially your heart, liver and kidneys. Furthermore if you are on prescription meds for other illnesses you increase the risks of harming yourself. Don’t take drugs if you are ill or have flu or have recently suffered from flu – that is just being plain idiotic and extremely dangerous.
A regular exercise routine will assist in the release of Serotonin naturally. Exercise in the morning, for instance a 20min cardio session or even a brisk walk will get the circulation going, the heart pumping and the brain working and ready for the day ahead in order to have a good day.
Things to eat which may assist
- Fresh Salmon (Sushi Mondays)”
These tips from Medicare EMR are worth noting.
So… can Steak Knife Tuesday be avoided?
The answer seems to be no. But it does appear that one can minimise the effects by heeding the above.
Recreational drugs are ubiquitous in society today and naturally they find their way to outdoor parties, clubs, festivals etc. If you do partake, be educated and understand the risks and listen to some of the advice offered and follow the links we’ve supplied above if you wish to educate yourself more.
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