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Old 08-25-2017, 07:48 PM
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I'm thinking of giving the hooch up. For those who have quit drinking what do you have to say? I can make it all week with nothing but Friday or Saturday night it's on. Im tired of feeling like crap. It seems like once a week I have to "get it on". My biggest fear is it catching up to me and me leaving my wife alone, leaving her a widow.
Old 08-25-2017, 07:51 PM
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If you think you should, you probably should.
Old 08-25-2017, 08:09 PM
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I love booze as much as the next gentleman. But I can stop tomorrow and not miss a beat. I'm kinda on that schedule now. Few beers on the weekends. Try taking a break indefinitely.
Old 08-25-2017, 08:22 PM
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I've been sober 28 years now and I still take it on one day at a time. My life is infinitely better as a result as is the lives of the people around me

If you do decide to give it up and have any questions or thoughts about it? Please feel free to PM me .
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I quit several years ago but I am able to drink a beer or two & be done. In the past I wouldn't want to quit until I passed out. Reasons I quit:
- Causing problems with my family
- Hangovers had gotten just awful, I couldn't eat and constantly. felt like I had to puke. The headaches had gotten so bad the next day that I couldn't stand it anymore.
- I used to crave alcohol like I had to have it. My parents were both alcoholics along with 1 of my brothers. I didn't want to go down that road.
- I lost my taste for alcohol. I loved rum & coke but all of a sudden it no longer tasted good at all.

Other than that I don't have any explanation of how easy it was to quit. I am not a real religious man but I prayed one day in church for help to quit drinking. I thought it was going to be hard to quit but it wasn't. I would like to believe I got help from above but how would I confirm that?
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I like to have a good time every once in a while with buds (or hell... Just at home with a slate of Netflix on a Friday night with the wife), but if feeling like crap the next day is often enough to make you question it, then yes it's too much... In my opinion.
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I drink a beverage because I want to. If I drank a beverage because I thought I "had" to or "needed" to, I'd never touch the stuff.
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I'm going to quit in a couple of hours when I go to bed.
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I am German/Irish and I used to pound a "dirty thirty" (and then some) each weekend but quit back in 2014 for the same reasons as you (but I have 4 kids). What helped me stay the course when I did have that urge to drink, was to lurk on a forum dedicated to people trying to quit and that set me straight. Good luck and get ready to be extremely tired for two or three weeks but you will sleep like a baby (at least I did).

http://www.soberrecovery.com/forums/newcomers-recovery/
Old 08-26-2017, 03:51 AM
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I'll stop drinking, but I'll never quit.
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15 years best decision I ever made. One reason for quitting was father was achololic and smoked died young.
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Originally Posted by RussH View Post
I quit several years ago but I am able to drink a beer or two & be done. In the past I wouldn't want to quit until I passed out. Reasons I quit:
- Causing problems with my family
- Hangovers had gotten just awful, I couldn't eat and constantly. felt like I had to puke. The headaches had gotten so bad the next day that I couldn't stand it anymore.
- I used to crave alcohol like I had to have it. My parents were both alcoholics along with 1 of my brothers. I didn't want to go down that road.
- I lost my taste for alcohol. I loved run & coke but all of a sudden it no longer tasted good at all.

Other than that I don't have any explanation of how easy it was to quit. I am not a real religious man but I prayed one day in church for help to quit drinking. I thought it was going to be hard to quit but it wasn't. I would like to believe I got help from above but how would I confirm that?
Why would you want to confirm that? Be happy your prayer was answered.
Same thing for me, I had problem that I wouldn't or couldn't stop myself. After praying, all was taken away and I haven't looked back, but I look up and thank my Lord that He heard and answered my prayers.
In all things, give thanks.
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Woke up one day tired of being hungover on all my days off. (and pissed about being out $100-150 each time) 24yrs old.
Peer pressure (drinking friends will try to pull you back in) They mean well, but you cannot hang with them.
After a few months they will go away, and will fear you (your will power will scare them)
Moving on gave me plenty disposable $$ for toys! ATV's, Boats, etc.
8 years without alcohol was good for me. A purely voluntary move.
I do drink these days, 20 years later but week ends only, one night and out in the boat Sundays.
NEVER on week days. Moderation on those Friday nights is challenging. Easy to get on a roll!
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August 11 1991 , I quit for good . I was just like you , thought about quitting for years , tired of the hangovers and the stupid shit I'd said while drunk , the fights over a quarter on the pool table , ETC .
Life got so much better instantly , good luck what ever you decide .
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I usually just pound on the weekends so not a problem yet.
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In college and shortly after I would go out with buddies and drink beer for really only one purpose.

Then I turned 24, bought a house, and quickly realized that sleeping till even 10 on Saturday and feeling like balls a good portion of the weekend was not going to be a good strategy long term.

We all got older, married, careers, etc, so that pretty much put an end to any of that. Now I only drink for the enjoyment...very seldom do I drink cheap swill anymore. Going out will entail 1-2 good beers or cocktails. Friday night at home might be a glass of bourbon or 1 or 2 high end Belgians. I enjoy getting up at 6:30-7 on Saturdays and having some coffee on the screened porch.

But when the boys come to town I'm not above downing some Yuengling pitchers at Mitch's Tavern (if you've ever seen Bull Durham, it's where the bar fight scene was).

And when the weather is perfect for a football Saturday there's not much better than drinking some Sam Adams Octoberfest.

You gotta remember we are the only culture that has such a taboo on alcohol, but we are also the only culture that drinks to drink, and drinks cheap crap in high volume. Everyone is different, but if I wake up more than a few times a year feeling it, I'd be concerned.
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Tired of bad hangovers too.
A six pack of beer and a bottle of wine will ruin half of the next day, or 2 bottles of Pino Grigio, same result.
If I stick to just beer, 10 Coors Light or so, I am ok the next day, not great but ok.
Now on my 7th day without any alcohol, feel great every day, going to the gym and no craving.
Been considering giving it up for good, but too much fun, except the hangovers.
Why is it worse now than a few years ago?
Now 60 years, no job, retired at 58, doing the occasional boat charter, but nothing to slow down the drinking, got too much time on my hands I guess.
Again, tempting to quit for good, loose 30 lbs and feel great every day.
Not there yet, but thinking about it,
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Man even cutting back to just drinking for the enjoyment will help you immensely. I'm 30 and if I have more than 3 of anything I don't feel 100% the next day.

Therefore I only drink 1 or 2 of the good stuff, and most nights nothing at all. Got no problem dropping $10 on a bottle of high end microbrew for Friday night. It's kind of my treat.

Now, I do keep a supply of Coors and/or Yuengling or Rolling Rock on hand. After a man mows the yard and finished his chores he damn well ought to have an ice cold long neck or two sitting in the porch admiring his work.
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After I was off the booze for a couple of years I tried Coors Cutter , I was amazed at how good it tasted. I drink an occasional Non-Alcoholic beer. My favorites are Erdingers, Clausthaler and St. Paulie Girl NA. I'll drink one or two in a sitting , they taste amazing. If I drank real beer like I drink those, I'd still drink. But I know me, I won't. Sooner or later I'm going to get drunk as hell and I will be right back where I started from all those years ago.
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I quit drinking when I was 25 years old, I am now nearly 30 easily the best decision I have made in my life. I put my family and loved ones through a lot of turmoil before I finally put the plug in the jug. It is now a great joy to be surrounded and trusted by those that once before walked on eggshells around me. If you are considering it, it might be something worth looking into. Only you will know if it is something you should pursue. If you have any questions or need anything feel free to p/m me.

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