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Old 07-12-2018, 05:25 AM
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Doing a dry month once a year is a good thing to do, even for those of us who don't drink a lot. Reset the body and mind.

Same thing goes for fasting (black coffee and water only) for 24hrs once a month or so.
Old 07-12-2018, 05:40 AM
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One day at a time....
Old 07-12-2018, 07:19 AM
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NOT JUDGING here but just a reminder, our kids imitate the things we do, had to learn that the hard way. Watching your parent passed out drunk is a hard thing for a child no matter the age. Experienced the power of alcohol for far too long. Praying for those who desire to quit.
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Set a limit of beers and the number of nights a week and stick to it. Like 4 beers on thursday and 6 on Saturday. If you can't self limit you need to quit, as in forever.
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Agreed and it is pretty much legal even in states where it is technically not. I would be more worried about failing a work-related drug test than the legal ramifications of smoking pot. They are pretty much non existent unless you get caught doing something stupid and the cops want to tack on a charge.
Go to CO everybody is high and happy.
Old 07-12-2018, 07:54 AM
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I have had to reflect on my alcohol usage some years ago, it is easy to get lulled into drinking too often or too much, takes a while to get used to not drinking in social situations, as least it did for me.
The amount of replies shows this is a issue that many of us have faced. Good luck to everyone who goes through this, sounds cliche but it definitely gets easier with time as with most things that seem difficult in the beginning.
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The wife and I haven't stopped, but, we agreed we were enjoying drinks a little too much. Its only been a few weeks. Don't get me wrong, we are still having a cocktail or glass of wine, but, only on weekends, and only a couple per day. It has not (ok, sometimes it is) been hard, but, I know it is better for us. We have also agreed to eat cleaner and exercise more. Lost just shy of 10lbs. Wife has lost a couple as well. I very much needed to lose a few.
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Once you finally decide to stop, stick to your decision. It'll be hard but will be worth it in the long run.
I was quite a bit worse than you. In one of my rare sober moments, I gave my hobby some clear thought.

I had just lost my cousin and thought about how I didn't want my gf (now wife) to have to identify a loved ones body a second time.

Been sober for 11 years and can honestly say that I don't miss it 1 iota. Even hanging around others who drink like fish, doesnt phase me. To the point that I don't like the smell of alcohol nor even the taste of wine on my wifes lips.

You are more than welcome to send me a PM if you need support.
Old 07-12-2018, 01:58 PM
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ive said before i stop for 3 months every year. new years eve is the last night until end of march. keeps me in check. this time of year i enjoy my cocktails. never during the week but can be over served on the weekends
Old 07-12-2018, 02:19 PM
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As an ER nurse for 20 years, alcohol is an overwhelming cause of many ER visits...car wrecks, spousal/family abuse, fights/assaults, liver disease, bleeding out, etoh poisoning/resp failure...on and on...if you have a problem, don't "cut back"...QUIT...stay away from the parties/friends where you would be encouraged to drink again....I've seen countless time where alcohol destroys lives, families, relationships.....my 2 cents
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I think I am opposit most people. I just turned 62. Most of my life since 18 I drank 3 or 4 beers on the weekend at dinner. That's it. And I got a buzz and was happy.Never did a drug in my life. Not even pot.

12 years ago a buddy got me drinking Vodka in the Keys on a fishing trip. 4 ounces turned to 24 ounces for the same buzz over time. I drink 24 ounces vodka on the rocks every night and you would never know i drank a drop.

So there is no issue on my behavior, on the other hand it can't be good for my body.

I am diabetic, and on insulin. Doc keeps telling me my lab numbers are great. However, I know it will catch up to me.
I knew a guy who used to be like you. He was diabetic and on insulin, but could tolerate large amounts of alcohol with no effect at all on his behavior. Did that for years, just like the other menfolk in his family.

His liver failed. He couldn’t get on the transplant list because the doctors didn’t think he could cut alcohol out of his life. He was given at most 2 to 3 years to live, and started making plans for a long RV trip with his wife and young son. Six months later, he was told he’d be lucky to live another year.

A couple weeks after that prognosis, Dave crashed. Within a few days, he died.

Please don’t be like my friend Dave.
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If you can focus on an activity like fishing ( for me surfing as well ) that requires an early start..pump yourself up on it and go to bed early the night before avoiding the urge to party. I often reflect on how well I feel on those types of mornings..
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Originally Posted by Fatherof4 View Post
The wife and I haven't stopped, but, we agreed we were enjoying drinks a little too much. Its only been a few weeks. Don't get me wrong, we are still having a cocktail or glass of wine, but, only on weekends, and only a couple per day. It has not (ok, sometimes it is) been hard, but, I know it is better for us. We have also agreed to eat cleaner and exercise more. Lost just shy of 10lbs. Wife has lost a couple as well. I very much needed to lose a few.

You know what you have to do............
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There is a lot of science out there that explains that, the brain doesn’t revert back to “one or two,here or there” once it’s made the switch. Sounds like the switch has been flipped so take the opportunity to stop. It’s a life or death decision.
20 months ago I felt like I was jumping off a cliff when I stopped. What would my friends, family, employees say? Would my life be over? Nope actually it’s the beginning, and it’s awesome. Had a couple of friends give me shit, but vast majority were amazed and supportive and quite frankly curious if they should look at their own drinking a bit.
Life’s not fair, some folks can have a beer and move on. If you’re diabetic you shouldn’t eat cupcakes, if your Brain is predisposed to alcohol addiction, whether genetically or habitual, you probably can’t drink.

There are many paths to recovery but talking to a doctor and quitting under medical supervision is a must. Cancel the fishing trip if you have to. It sucks but it won’t matter a bit compared to your life and your son and job and wife. One day you can go and be the sober captain and have an awesome time. I will not drink with you today!
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Originally Posted by ono loco View Post
If you can focus on an activity like fishing ( for me surfing as well ) that requires an early start..pump yourself up on it and go to bed early the night before avoiding the urge to party. I often reflect on how well I feel on those types of mornings..
I have always done this when going blue water spear fishing. I don’t drink the night before or the day of until the trip is over. Too much could go wrong. If I lived closer to regular surf, I would be surfing every swell that popped up. Totally miss surfing!
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Less is better than more. Even better yet, none to very little is better than less.
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You're an alcoholic! You can now close this thread.
Old 07-13-2018, 06:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Saltydawg15 View Post
You're an alcoholic! You can now close this thread.
yep, just one of us, after all. Lol
Old 07-13-2018, 06:22 AM
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Originally Posted by AC View Post
I think I am opposit most people. I just turned 62. Most of my life since 18 I drank 3 or 4 beers on the weekend at dinner. That's it. And I got a buzz and was happy.Never did a drug in my life. Not even pot.

12 years ago a buddy got me drinking Vodka in the Keys on a fishing trip. 4 ounces turned to 24 ounces for the same buzz over time. I drink 24 ounces vodka on the rocks every night and you would never know i drank a drop.

So there is no issue on my behavior, on the other hand it can't be good for my body.

I am diabetic, and on insulin. Doc keeps telling me my lab numbers are great. However, I know it will catch up to me.

get rid of the vodka and there is a real good chance of getting off the insulin! ETOH = sugar
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Thought I saw this thread . Today is 1 year for me . I'm 49 and have had a life of heavy drinking and it cost me . I had tried and failed to quit and I really didn't want to . Last year I was diagnosed with an incurable lung condition that could take 5 or 20 yrs to kill me . I got mad and depressed and was worried a bender might last too long and really didn't want to drink any longer . It was about 6 wks when a friend ask where's all the beer bottles that I realized I had gone that long . About 3 months I felt good and about 7 months it seemed like my brain got 10 years younger - it is an interesting feeling when your mind starts to function better . Best I can put it is on a scale of 1 to 10 where I used to think of a problem to 5 it was now 7 with no more effort . Got a little less mad at people . I never told myself this is my last drink cause thinking like that freaks me out . I stopped drinking rather than quit . I think the lung problem was bigger then the drinking problem which then didn't seem like such a problem - drinking became more like BS I didn't want to deal with . Bigger problems in your life make the old big problems seem smaller . I like being sober . Mostly I like feeling the same all the time and waking up with the same head as I went to sleep with . With it will come some regret and guilt but **** it , your drivin' the boat - keep it moving . maybe the wrong thing to say to an alcoholic but you have to be Selfish about sobriety , it's yours and those that want to take it want to hurt you .

My 2 cents , Good Luck

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