Originally Posted by yotasmob
First off, some people can gain control of drinking after realizing they have a problem. Many more cannot. Based on what you have provided here, it seems pretty clear you have a problem and you acknowledge it. People that don't have a problem, don't have to fight an urge to drink even when they don't want to.
Second, have you been honest with your doctor about your alcohol consumption? I lied straight up to my doctors for years. I have a heavy scientific background, so with the exception of my personal doctor who knows this, I was actually able to manipulate doctors into thinking I was suffering from other issues that weren't related to my excessive alcohol consumption, when they really were. Because I knew if I was honest, they would tell me I have to quit. Gout and excessive alcohol consumption are definitely correlated. Food for thought.
As for getting hungry when quitting, yes. You pointed it out yourself. Heavy drinkers obtain most of their daily caloric intake from alcohol. Instead of that extra 1200+ calories a day, there is suddenly a void. I was super hungry for weeks after quitting, but my diet/hunger has since normalized out. That is likely what causes the hunger spike.
I relapsed 4 times in the last 7 months, each time was only a handful of days before I straightened out again. However, prior to this, I was drinking anywhere from a pint to a fifth of rum every day (depending on if it was a worknight or a weekend) for probably a year straight.
By cutting alcohol, hopping on the keto diet (mostly eat meat and veggies), and doing ZERO exercise, I lost 52 lbs in six months. I am still overweight, but I can jog up flights of stairs that used to wind me just walking.
Lastly, you have to do this for yourself first. Anyone or anything else is secondary. I quit for someone else and that someone eventually decided I wasn't an alcoholic and I could drink. Because I was quitting for her, it was no trouble to go right back to it. And guess what, she became an alcoholic too in the process.
Trying to quit for someone else never works in my own experience, and that of others I know.
If you really want it, its all on you. And we in this thread are here to help with the process if that is what you really want. But you are taking the steps in the right direction.
I'll be honest, I've lied to my Dr. for a long time. I've always been more scared to be labeled as an alcoholic than anything. For the first year of having gout, I definitely downplayed the amount that I'd drink, and claimed I just wasn't eating well, exercising, or drinking water. Only in the past couple years have I been getting on a more honest path. Depression is something that a lot of people in my family suffer from, and I finally realized that I was using alcohol to medicate myself. I was one to just disappear by myself to the garage and drink myself into a stupor. Only to come in later that night and pass out of the couch. To the point that my wife couldn't even wake me up.
I do wish that I would have taken this to an appropriate Dr. rather than my general practitioner though. Now when ever I go in for a simple cold, or injury, I am treated as a junkie, and questioned like one too. They will not prescribe me any type of pain killers or even simple cough syrups. I do understand where they are coming from, but I've never abused anything in my life besides beer.
I appreciate that this thread exists and that there are all of these people in here willing to provide support. I peeked my head in once or twice, but have honestly avoided it for a long time. I hope that I can continue to hold myself responsible and check in from time to time. I'm going to have some very difficult trials in the months to come. One is traveling for work, and the other is a week at KOH with my friends that like to drink. They have gotten a lot better over the years out there with how serious the race program has progressed to, but the nights when no one is working will be difficult.
Originally Posted by BIG-O
If you read back, the Gout was the main reason I had to evaluate things. That shit hurts!
It is one of the worst pains I have experienced, and that even includes degloving my thumb in a 12" disc sander. I have been stubborn/stupid though, and have continued to drink beer even with the mulitiple extreme flare ups.