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Thanks for the inspiration.
Once youve stopped drinking for a full month your outlook on alcohol changes.

It is no longer something you NEED. It then becomes something that is there.

After about 6 months I was going out to eat with friends and drinks didnt even cross my mind.

You can do it. The only person stopping you from doing it is yourself.

Find something to do this weekend to keep you occupied without involving alcohol and it will make it much easier to go without.
 

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It is the not sleeping at night that really bothers me.

I have been taking OTC sleeping pills and some nights they work and others they do not.
 

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I'll be 6 weeks tomorrow. Had to stop because of gout in my big toe. Cut out red meat also. Not sure if I will stop together or not. I pop right out of bed and full of piss and vinegar. Feels good. Fridays and Saturdays are tough. Try to plan an outing in the afternoon to get past happy hour.
 

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It has been a long time coming for me to step back from the bottle. Reading through this thread again, for the hundredth time two weeks ago showed me that it could be done. Its only been a week, but I plan on having a healthy break from drinking. Its been over ten years since I went more than a day without having a drink, and most times a drink turned into a bunch.

The part that worried more than anything was going to dinner with my wife. She has never seen me go out to eat and have something other than an alcoholic drink. We went out last weekend and it felt good to have glass of water and drive home without looking over my shoulder. It sure bummed out our favorite local watering hole though, they already had the drink poured waiting on us to sit down. I guess that also shows that I needed a break.
Well, today is 150 days since I had anything to drink. I am loosing some weight, feel a lot better, and I think I am probably generally less of an asshole. I always thought that I got a lot of work done around the house and in the shop when I was drinking beer all of the time. But looking what I have accomplished since January shows that to be a fallacy.

The one thing I hadn't realized is that I never left the house on Fridays or Saturday night driving because I was scared of getting arrested and jeopardizing my employment. The last few weekends I have been trying to get my 55 Chevy dialed in. It is a blast to leave the house at 9:30 or 10 pm and head towards town without worry of the law, at least for DUI.
 

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Way to go I just got to the three and a half year mark myself. Life keeps getting better!!

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Bumping this to say today is day 30 without a drink for me.
Went to an AA meeting last night. Will go again next week.
First few weeks i had trouble sleeping. As others have stated, im feeling way better, especially in the morning.
 

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Hi y'all!

I've avoided this thread since it was created. Slowly read it since lunch time yesterday.

Monday will be 6 months without for my wife and I.

We were co-dependant and co-enabling... now we support eachother in not drinking.

I don't crave it... and never really did... until it hit my lips.

I know if I have one drink, I want two drinks, and when I have two drinks.... I want all the drinks... and then timed it to still buy more before the last store closed. Was a long 20 years.

I know there are a lot of differing opinions on AA. Even if you don't feel the 12 steps are helpful to you, the month chips help keep goals set and you get a tangible trinket. And read the big book. The stories may be worse than yours. .. or less bad. .. but there is a ton to relate to no matter what.
Rule number three is good to me.... "The only requirement to be a member is the desire to quit drinking. "

The first meeting I went to was straight up depressing (I don't go at that time/night anymore) But I've been to some great ones. Hearing people talk and offering each other support is a great reminder (much like this thread... honestly. .. great meetings are exactly like this thread and last for an hour. .. it's people talking and sharing what had worked, and what hasn't).

If you have the desire to quit drinking, former drinkers are a great resource.
 

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Outstanding!

I can't speak for anyone else, but I'm sure many others will agree:

Thanks for posting this.
Thank you.

Had I read this thread from it's inception I likely would have blown it off anyway. It's up to the person to decide when they are ready. Wish I had decided sooner.

It really is a great thread. I hope it inspires some more folks that need some inspiration.
 

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It's up to the person to decide when they are ready. Wish I had decided sooner.

It really is a great thread. I hope it inspires some more folks that need some inspiration.
I agree completely with the statements above. Congratulations on the 6 month mark. November 4th was 300 days for me and things keep getting better. I thought the summer months would be the hardest, but they weren't at all. I just keep telling myself I have better shit to do than to sit around drunk.
 

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Congrat's!!
Thanks Curtis. How are you doing?

I just read back through all 14 pages. Hope everyone is staying strong.
One thing i can relate to that was mentioned a few times is how many people tried moderation after stopping, only to fall back into old habits.

I wondered here and there over the last few weeks if i could ever go back to just enjoying a beer every now and then. Hurts to type this but it seems like the answer is no. Only time will tell. One day at a time. 31 days.
 

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Hey, Is the is Christmas Beer exchange thread?

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J/K Almost 4 years sober here. The last time I drank was at King of the Hammers a few years ago. I took 5 gallons of apple pie down and didn't come back with very much. Spent the whole week too wasted to drive. (I was just riding bitch in a friends buggy) Decided I didn't want that for my life and haven't toughed a drop since.

Keep it up guys!!!!
 

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Thanks Curtis. How are you doing?
Honestly, I'm drinking.

Never less then 2 per day, usually 3 or 4, never more than 5. Always in the late afternoon/early evening.

Been at that level for about a year now. (Basically was sober for a year, and then at this level for a year.)

I suppose I'm playing with fire, but I'm honestly pretty happy with where I'm at.

Thanks for asking; I'm trying to always be honest with myself in this thread.
 

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Thanks Curtis. How are you doing?

I just read back through all 14 pages. Hope everyone is staying strong.
One thing i can relate to that was mentioned a few times is how many people tried moderation after stopping, only to fall back into old habits.

I wondered here and there over the last few weeks if i could ever go back to just enjoying a beer every now and then. Hurts to type this but it seems like the answer is no. Only time will tell. One day at a time. 31 days.
It really depends on the person.

Even when I was a "problem drinker" there were several days a week I just flat out didn't want to drink. Of course, this didn't make me better than anyone- what's worse? 6-10 beers every day after work or not drinking 5 days a week but getting hammered the other 2?

It wasn't hard for me to chill out and become a moderate drinker, but others just can't do it. Everyone is programmed different. Some people can be problem drinkers and "see the light" while others can't. This is my only problem with AA... the program assumes everyone has the same problem and will react accordingly.
 

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Mind if I join in?

Never thought I'd have to quit but it's getting bad and becoming a daily thing. My insides hurt and I feel like crap in the morning yet I'm right back to sipping my beloved vodka every night.

I don't remember when I started but I think it was back in 2006 when I did something stupid and gradually became a daily thing.

I see alot of you guys that quit and doing alot better so hopefully I can do the same.
 
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