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Old 01-01-2018, 06:00 AM   #876 (permalink)
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Congrats. After a few weeks each day was easier for me than the day before. Coming up on two years sober this month. I worried a lot about social situations, especially a few work related functions where an open bar was the norm. Turns out that it is just as much fun for me to watch people make fools of themselves instead of making a fool of myself.
I am probably going to lose some friends but I am ok with that. I have my wife and kids and I want to keep it that way.
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I have drank for damn near 20 years, drank hard for the last 10 or so. Decided I have had enough. Day 10 sober if I make it through today. Longest I have ever gone. I feel great physically, and I am optimistic on the days to come. Tough for me to type this because I HATE going back on my word and this is the only thing that could make me go back on it. Wish me luck.
You can do it man. It gets easier after a while.
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I am probably going to lose some friends but I am ok with that. I have my wife and kids and I want to keep it that way.
I'm betting Paragon and our gin-addled Canuck friend NERVEman will call you a big stinky face poopy-head, too.

Not that big of a deal.
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You can do it man. It gets easier after a while.
This.

It was tough, mentally, to NOT want to drink but after a while that urge begins to fade after a couple weeks.

I quit a while back but occasionally have a drink. I feel much better having control over it and not just drinking my lights out every day.

Plus the $$ you save.....
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I just hit my 6 month mark and it feels pretty good. There are some days were I want a beer, mainly due to some issues I am having with my son, but I am choosing to deal with it without alcohol. I've lost 20 pounds and sleep much better and don't wake up every morning feel like dog shit. Not to mention the money that I am saving by not buying beer.
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I've said it before and I'll say it again, congratulations and hang in there. Join a twelve step program if you feel the need, it's nothing to be ashamed of and the support of others going through the same thing can help you.
Here's to a healthy and prosperous 2018
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Tomorrow will be my one year. My advice for anyone else new in sobriety is that it does get easier with time. The hardest part for me has been retraining my brain to do things without having a drink.
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Tomorrow will be my one year. My advice for anyone else new in sobriety is that it does get easier with time. The hardest part for me has been retraining my brain to do things without having a drink.
That was hard for me as well. Congrats to you.
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Tomorrow will be my one year. My advice for anyone else new in sobriety is that it does get easier with time. The hardest part for me has been retraining my brain to do things without having a drink.
Nice work!
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Tomorrow will be my one year. My advice for anyone else new in sobriety is that it does get easier with time. The hardest part for me has been retraining my brain to do things without having a drink.
That is what will be tough for me, going to be weird working in the shop without drinking beer. Will probably get a lot more done though.
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That is what will be tough for me, going to be weird working in the shop without drinking beer. Will probably get a lot more done though.


It only weird for the first few weeks/ month or two. After that, it’s not routine.

It’s kind of like smoking. People have a hard time driving and not smoking. Many people light up when they start the drive. Once you break that habit it’s easy.


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That is what will be tough for me, going to be weird working in the shop without drinking beer. Will probably get a lot more done though.
Yep. The weekends all my buddies would come over and bullshit around in the garage working on whatever. Which usually meant more drinking than getting stuff done. I’m definitely more productive now though haha. It was really surprising how supportive my close friends were which is a big help. I’m not huge into the whole AA thing, I’ve gone to a few and I suggest that anyone considering sobriety go to at least a few speaker meetings. Just sit and listen to the person tell their story. The biggest and most difficult part is the self realization and acceptance that you do have an issue with drinking.
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Tomorrow will be my one year. My advice for anyone else new in sobriety is that it does get easier with time. The hardest part for me has been retraining my brain to do things without having a drink.
Yup, when you're drinking most people can't picture themselves doing stuff without a drink. After about 6 months I really figured out I could do anything I wanted to without a drink. For me it'll be 17 years tomorrow.
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I'm betting Paragon and our gin-addled Canuck friend NERVEman will call you a big stinky face poopy-head, too.

Not that big of a deal.
Interesting post.
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I'm betting Paragon and our gin-addled Canuck friend NERVEman will call you a big stinky face poopy-head, too.

Not that big of a deal.
i re read my four posts in this thread and see no connection to your commentary.
oh wait, you are still butthurt from another thread where you spouted judgemntal nonsense.
ha.

anyways, congrats to all in his thread battling for sobriety, i too entered a new program i created for myself. i quit for 7 weeks, had a few drink nights over christmas and back on the no booze train until next long weekend arrives.
i will attempt to only ever have drinks on long weekends, not get drunk and
feel healthy in mornings after.
feb long, easter, may long, canada day long, aug long, labor day long, thanksgiving long and christmas/ new years long. roughly 9 weekends a year.
if i fail, i quit for ‘ever’.
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i re read my four posts in this thread and see no connection to your commentary.
oh wait, you are still butthurt from another thread where you spouted judgemntal nonsense.
ha.

anyways, congrats to all in his thread battling for sobriety, i too entered a new program i created for myself. i quit for 7 weeks, had a few drink nights over christmas and back on the no booze train until next long weekend arrives.
i will attempt to only ever have drinks on long weekends, not get drunk and
feel healthy in mornings after.
feb long, easter, may long, canada day long, aug long, labor day long, thanksgiving long and christmas/ new years long. roughly 9 weekends a year.
if i fail, i quit for ‘ever’.

Looks like I need to sell my stock in Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation since you're cutting your intake of Screech.
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haha. oddly enough i have never tried it.
now knob creek bourbon stocks...
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haha. oddly enough i have never tried it.
now knob creek bourbon stocks...
I suggest you take a pass. That stuff will mess you up.
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I suggest you take a pass. That stuff will mess you up.
duly noted.
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i re read my four posts in this thread and see no connection to your commentary.
oh wait, you are still butthurt from another thread where you spouted judgemntal nonsense.
ha.

anyways, congrats to all in his thread battling for sobriety, i too entered a new program i created for myself. i quit for 7 weeks, had a few drink nights over christmas and back on the no booze train until next long weekend arrives.
i will attempt to only ever have drinks on long weekends, not get drunk and
feel healthy in mornings after.
feb long, easter, may long, canada day long, aug long, labor day long, thanksgiving long and christmas/ new years long. roughly 9 weekends a year.
if i fail, i quit for ‘ever’.
My reply to AllGoNoShow's quote was not directed at you in any sense, whatsoever. AllGoNoShow was lamenting the possible loss of "so-called" friends due to his change of heart regarding consuming alcohol. With friends like that you most certainly don't need any enemies. Try reading it again, this time sober...

Glad to see I've got a place I can live rent-free (points at your forehead).

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I'm betting Paragon and our gin-addled Canuck friend NERVEman will call you a big stinky face poopy-head, too.

Not that big of a deal.
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My reply to AllGoNoShow's quote was not directed at you in any sense, whatsoever. AllGoNoShow was lamenting the possible loss of "so-called" friends due to his change of heart regarding consuming alcohol. With friends like that you most certainly don't need any enemies. Try reading it again, this time sober...

Glad to see I've got a place I can live rent-free (points at your forehead).

Welcome to the party!
Firstly, you obviously do not understand the whole rent free idea as all i did was continue to follow this thread and saw you made a comment that was incoherent. i was puzzled and made a reply. Only once do i remember a discussion with you in some other thread and you got all butthurt. the end.

Rent free is more of people that continually regurgitate a person in threads all over related or not. they also 'follow' the person around in threads regurgitating material from other related or not related threads.

Replying once to you referencing me is no rental unit.

As for your reply, it still remains incoherent and perfect for the quitting drinking thread.

Now move on as you are a 'nothing' and this thread is more important than you or me discussing your in coherency.
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Firstly, you obviously do not understand the whole rent free idea as all i did was continue to follow this thread and saw you made a comment that was incoherent. i was puzzled and made a reply. Only once do i remember a discussion with you in some other thread and you got all butthurt. the end.

Rent free is more of people that continually regurgitate a person in threads all over related or not. they also 'follow' the person around in threads regurgitating material from other related or not related threads.

Replying once to you referencing me is no rental unit.

As for your reply, it still remains incoherent and perfect for the quitting drinking thread.

Now move on as you are a 'nothing' and this thread is more important than you or me discussing your in coherency.
Definitely rent-free, with utilities included I see...
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Definitely rent-free, with utilities included I see...
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Point on the doll to where the mean old chiropractor hurt you.
He didn't hurt anybody. I don't think that was ever his intent in any thread. I don't find him unintelligent, either. However, I just find it ironic and hilarious that, amongst other things, he posts up in a I QUIT DRINKING thread rationalizing that he is only now drinking for 20% of the weekends. Do I drink? Nope. Am I self-righteous about that? You bet, and properly so. Do I think he has a drinking problem? Probably, in my humble opinion. He has explicitly stated that he has mathematically calculated how much he can drink AND THEN DRIVE. That's big red flag right there. The real answer to that equation is DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE. There is absolutely no reason for doing so, whatsoever. Again, I'm not the one with the problem. Just ask those in this thread who aren't rationalizing the destructive nature of drinking and have expressed a sincere desire to quit drinking. For those who feel that they need alcohol to be happy, I pity them.

The real "butt-hurt" being expressed in these threads are the people who drink AND then rationalize it.
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I have followed this thread from the start and I'm finally taking action... I quit drinking for 3+ years, from 2007-2010 and felt great. Decided one evening to just have one drink with my wife (who never did stop), well we all know how that goes. 7 years later and I realize I'm going down the wrong path in life. We drunks are stubborn, but it's finally gotten to a point I have to do something.

I have had at least 6-8 drinks every night for the past 5+ years, not a single night off. Last night I had 3 drinks over the course of 4 hours, a significant reduction. Like the poster above me, I was drinking too much to stop cold turkey, as I know that can be very dangerous. My goal tonight is "only" 2 drinks and see how I feel and sleep. If all goes well, my end goal is to not have anything to drink by the end of the week.

I've been down this road before, I know to take one day at a time, days become weeks, weeks become months, months become years...

I posted this to have another place to be held accountable. I really do appreciate all the support the fine "assholes" of this site provide!!!
Yes, I am quoting myself... I posted the above post on 1/10/2017, even in that post I mentioned how stubborn "us" drunks can be! Well, a little over a year later, I finally said enough is enough. I had my last drink on 1/15/2018, I quit cold turkey as I knew that was the only way I could do it. I tried to cut back for over a year, and it didn't work.

Today is day 11 without a single drop of alcohol. I won't lie, as most know, those first 2-3 nights were hell. I wake up each morning feeling better and better and look at each day as a new beginning. As I stated in my quote above, I take each day as it comes, knowing I will be stronger the next morning. Soon it will be 2 weeks, soon after, a month, then multiple months, and so on.

I know I'm at an extreme risk of falling back into my old ways, I've been down this road before and it's a life long battle, but one I am determined to be in charge of, instead of it being in charge of me.

I'll report back in around 2/15 when I hit the one month mark. Thanks again for any and all support, you really are all the best bunch of internet "assholes" a guy could lean on for support!

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