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Old 12-26-2019, 07:07 PM   #1526 (permalink)
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everyone has a setback, get back on that horse and do what you have to.

Congrats on day 5 of your sobriety
Thank you Joe.

Last night was the first night I slept well.

I feel so much freaking better.

Just for today, I won't have a drink.
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New Year's Eve, another challenge. Why am I not drinking again? I am all stocked up on sparkling water. Last new year's I drank a case of bubble water. Makes it easier to stay away from alcohol by having a non alcoholic drink in my hand.
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I was HAMMERED last New Years. I don't even remember watching the fireworks go off. I had a camera set up to take photos of them and everything. Drank a bunch of my beers because I thought it was going to be when I quit drinking, which I did for a while, but now it's just going to be lame not watching drunk people get drunk and hurt tomorrow because they drank too much the night before.


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I bought $250 of alcohol at Safeway for friends and family since it was 30 percent off plus another 10 percent for buying 6 bottles. Felt weird buying it since I don't drink. I'm an enabler.
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Just bought 2 bottles of apple cider at the store. Gonna watch a movie with my lady tonight and just relax. I'm actually excited to not feel like a bag of shit tomorrow.

Another big challenge for me will be next week when I leave for Cabo on a work trip for a week. At an all inclusive resort
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wish me luck--day 1 for me...........

im 37 years old and have been a drunk for 20 years. the last 3 years as gotten out of control with drinking 12-16 beers a night during the week and 2x that om saturday/sunday. my wife deserves better
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wish me luck--day 1 for me...........

im 37 years old and have been a drunk for 20 years. the last 3 years as gotten out of control with drinking 12-16 beers a night during the week and 2x that om saturday/sunday. my wife deserves better

Welcome...

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Just remember. If you go to bed sober you’ll wake up sober.


Good advice!

Congrats on 18 months, keep up the good work.
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Do what ever it takes.
Me I shocked people when I came back from Russia with bottles of Vodka.
I was laughing in Moscow at the grocery store, as I had 8 1 liter bottles of very fancy looking bottles in my shopping cart.
A woman behind me in the checkout lane said in pain English.
"That is too much alcohol for one person."
I replied chuckling"Thanks, but I don't drink alcohol."
She then said. "No no no, that is too much alcohol for one person."
I just laughed and said."Then I better give them away as Christmas presents."
There was no way she was going to believe that I do not drink alcohol.
It's a cool looking bottle.


I didn't stop drinking 30 plus years ago to start again now.
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Scuba interesting coin. 18 months seems so far away at this point and I think it's next November.
It all happened because I was able to take it one day at a time.

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but now it's just going to be lame not watching drunk people get drunk and hurt tomorrow because they drank too much the night before.
Naw man, life is plenty fun sober. I love watching and laughing at drunk people out at the restaurants and such.

A couple passages from the AA BB about us not being a glum lot.

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We have been speaking to you of serious, sometimes tragic things. We have been dealing with alcohol in its worst aspect. But we aren’t a glum lot. If newcomers could see no joy or fun in our existence, they wouldn’t want it. We absolutely insist on enjoying life. We try not to indulge in cynicism over the state of the nations, nor do we carry the world’s troubles on our shoulders. When we see a man sinking into the mire that is alco* holism, we give him first aid and place what we have at his disposal. For his sake, we do recount and almost relive the horrors of our past. But those of us who have tried to shoulder the entire burden and trouble of others find we are soon overcome by them.
So we think cheerfulness and laughter make for use* fulness. Outsiders are sometimes shocked when we burst into merriment over a seemingly tragic experi* ence out of the past. But why shouldn’t we laugh? We have recovered, and have been given the power to help others.
Everybody knows that those in bad health, and those who seldom play, do not laugh much. So let each family play together or separately, as much as their circumstances warrant. We are sure God wants us to be happy, joyous, and free. We cannot subscribe to the belief that this life is a vale of tears, though it once was just that for many of us. But it is clear that we made our own misery. God didn’t do it. Avoid then, the deliberate manufacture of misery, but if trouble comes, cheerfully capitalize it as an oppor* tunity to demonstrate His omnipotence.
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Yes, there is a substitute and it is vastly more than that. It is a fellowship in Alcoholics Anonymous. There you will find release from care, boredom and worry. Your imagination will be fired. Life will mean something at last. The most satisfactory years of your existence lie ahead. Thus we find the fellowship, and so will you.
“How is that to come about?” you ask. “Where am I to find these people?”
You are going to meet these new friends in your own community. Near you, alcoholics are dying helplessly like people in a sinking ship. If you live in a large place, there are hundreds. High and low, rich and poor, these are future fellows of Alcoholics Anony- mous. Among them you will make lifelong friends. You will be bound to them with new and wonderful ties, for you will escape disaster together and you will
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It may seem incredible that these men are to be- come happy, respected, and useful once more. How can they rise out of such misery, bad repute and hope- lessness? The practical answer is that since these things have happened among us, they can happen with you. Should you wish them above all else, and be willing to make use of our experience, we are sure they will come. The age of miracles is still with us. Our own recovery proves that!
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Gonna watch a movie with my lady tonight and just relax.
That's what I did for NYE. It was probably the best and most memorable New Years ever.

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Congrats on 18 months, keep up the good work.
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^THIS!
I did whatever it took to drink and stay loaded. I manipulated people places and things for my own gain. I lied, a lot.
If I want to stay sober I have to put the same effort in to my recovery that I did in to my drinking.






I know anonymity is supposed to be a given but if anyone here needs any guidance, resources, or advice on how to stay sober, feel free to PM me if you would like. I was freely given the gift of sobriety and recovery and I will freely give it to you.
Happy New Years to everyone!
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3 years for me today.

Anyone just starting, or well into their sobriety, it gets easier. The first week, month, they are the hardest. You have to retrain your brain to do the things you’ve done with a drink, without it.

I drank Arizona tea like I was getting paid my first 6 months. I had to have a can in my hand, it was a huge help tricking myself. Then after seeing my health start to improve made it much easier.

If you want to do it, you can, you have to want it though.

One day at a time.
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2JZ Cutting back, or knowing how it's going to feel is just as much of an accomplishment in my book as quitting. Just going a night without drinking or going to a social function where everyone ELSE is drinking and not feeling left out is an accomplishment. Just watch people react to you not drinking on New Year's Eve.

Scuba interesting coin. 18 months seems so far away at this point and I think it's next November.

Everyone in my office is PRETTY MUCH out for the rest of the week. Those who come in won't be getting much done. I can't help but think of how many drank extra on Tuesday night knowing they'd have today to be productive at home.
You get a day by waking up and living life and the shit it throws at you.
Do not drink alcohol, then you have one day free and clear.
Rinse and repete.

You have to practice more at trying to enjoy life more.
Get involved in something or someone else.
Keep yourself BUSY. When you ask yourself WHY ME??? Ask yourself WHY NOT ME? afterwards.
Are you some how going to be insulated from the tragedies of life?
Fuck NO!
You just have to deal with the shit for real.

You have to practice habits in order to sew them into something more.

Understand this,

I am fully done with Alcohol,
I have NO problems with ANYONE else drinking.
The problems in my life were cause by MY drinking.
I do not hang out in bars, they offer nothing for me.

If you do not take any tests, you will not fail any tests.

I spent allot of years totally away from alcohol.
When I buy it for others it means nothing to me.
I see a beer as the same as finger nail polish remover in my mind.
Of course I also see a table saw as like a Homicidal maniac.
I still have 8 fingers.
2 thumbs

I am getting tons of shit done.
Past 2 summers put in two curtain drains all by hand.
Right now finishing half the basement.

I am 59 and lost 48 pounds this past summer.
Almost down to my fighting weight.
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2JZ Cutting back, or knowing how it's going to feel is just as much of an accomplishment in my book as quitting. Just going a night without drinking or going to a social function where everyone ELSE is drinking and not feeling left out is an accomplishment. Just watch people react to you not drinking on New Year's Eve.

Scuba interesting coin. 18 months seems so far away at this point and I think it's next November.

Everyone in my office is PRETTY MUCH out for the rest of the week. Those who come in won't be getting much done. I can't help but think of how many drank extra on Tuesday night knowing they'd have today to be productive at home.
Heard that many times over the past 30 years,
Sounds just as dumb now as it did back then.

Sober we would never stick out fingers into a wall outlet a second time.
After a few drinks we are pissing on the circuit breaker box.

There is one really beautiful thing about alcohol.
It gets better and better at hurting you.
Causing more and more pain.
Pain is an EXCELLENT behavior modifier.
When you are hurting bad enough it will change.

So don't worry about quitting drinking, you will one day.
I promise you will.

One way or another we all quit one day.
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Heard that many times over the past 30 years,
Sounds just as dumb now as it did back then.

Sober we would never stick out fingers into a wall outlet a second time.
After a few drinks we are pissing on the circuit breaker box.

There is one really beautiful thing about alcohol.
It gets better and better at hurting you.
Causing more and more pain.
Pain is an EXCELLENT behavior modifier.
When you are hurting bad enough it will change.

So don't worry about quitting drinking, you will one day.
I promise you will.

One way or another we all quit one day.
Not everyone needs to quit drinking. Plenty of people cut back and maintain a happy lifestyle drinking less than others. They don't get pain, they don't ask "why me", and they don't stick their fingers in the outlet twice or even once. Sounds pretty dumb to think everyone needs to quit drinking or cutting back isn't good enough. Congratulations on completing the projects and losing the weight.
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Congrats man! Stick with it and let it ride!
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Not everyone needs to quit drinking. Plenty of people cut back and maintain a happy lifestyle drinking less than others. They don't get pain, they don't ask "why me", and they don't stick their fingers in the outlet twice or even once. Sounds pretty dumb to think everyone needs to quit drinking or cutting back isn't good enough. Congratulations on completing the projects and losing the weight.
This is true, but nobody quits drinking because they're having a great day.
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I would love to just slow down drinking.

It doesn't seem to work for me.

I've been trying to slow down for 5+ years.

I can slow down for a while, month - couple months, but then I find myself drinking just as much as I used to.

For me it seems like it is an all or nothing kinda thing. YMMV
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I would love to just slow down drinking.

It doesn't seem to work for me.

I've been trying to slow down for 5+ years.

I can slow down for a while, month - couple months, but then I find myself drinking just as much as I used to.

For me it seems like it is an all or nothing kinda thing. YMMV
I have two neighbors, both in their 60's, who are reformed alcoholics. They will both tell you that the only way to stop drinking ----- is to STOP drinking.
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This is true, but nobody quits drinking because they're having a great day.
I'd like to think I was having a pretty good day when I quit drinking. I just woke up and decided I was done with it. Occasionally I want to go back and get hammered and feel that "I shouldn't have done this" hangover. Most of the time the streak is more important to me than getting drunk. Plus it seems like I have less and less time these days and spending any of that time getting drunk just doesn't seem possible.
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For me it seems like it is an all or nothing kinda thing.
I treat my sobriety like I treated my drinking. I don't fuck around and go half assed at it because I learned that doesn't work for me. I'm balls deep in sobriety and like others I can buy drinks and hang out with people drinking no problem.
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my doctor told me "no one who pounds icehouses could be a happy person".....
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my doctor told me "no one who pounds icehouses could be a happy person".....
Get a different doctor.
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I am trudging along.

Feeling normal again but also feeling bored again.

I am staying busy, I work in my shop most days or run errands.

Also being the rainy season and cold there is not much I can do outside which are my favorite activities.

I have been working to get my new business started which has been keeping me a bit busy as well.

I'd love to have a couple cold beers, just a couple. Would be great.

I am not going to.

I have lost a few lbs since I stopped drinking, which is great.

I finally got on the scale the other day, I gained back 45 lbs of the almost 100 I lost. That is also some big motivation for me.

I was very happy with how I was looking and that is what I want back very much.

Just for today I won't have a drink.
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I'd like to think I was having a pretty good day when I quit drinking. I just woke up and decided I was done with it. Occasionally I want to go back and get hammered and feel that "I shouldn't have done this" hangover. Most of the time the streak is more important to me than getting drunk. Plus it seems like I have less and less time these days and spending any of that time getting drunk just doesn't seem possible.
You quit drinking because you were having a great day, but you miss the hangovers? That’s unusual.
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