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#1 Iron John

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Posted April 24 2013 - 01:21 AM

I haven't had an alcoholic drink for 3 weeks.I like to avoid the word "alcoholic" because I think it has unnecessary connotations,but I have definitely been drinking too much for too long,and I just got to the point where I'd had enough of it.I was drinking in the daytime,which was getting very depressing.I was looking and feeling rough.Plus alcohol is expensive and I need to economise.I want to spend my money on other things.Now I drink 2 litres of water a day and 1 litre of orange juice.I feel so much better.I intend to quit alcohol for life.Sometimes I get a flash of "God I need a drink",But I just try and and sit with myself and let the feeling pass.So this thread is for anyone who feels they have issues with alcohol,for anyone who has quit,who wants to quit or just moderate.Thanx for reading.

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Posted April 24 2013 - 05:39 AM

Good for you Fairlight. I quit drinking in February 1984. I never looked back and rarely think of it now.
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Posted April 24 2013 - 08:41 AM

I drank alot when I was young. I was of the mindset that you have to be somehow intoxicated to feel good and to have a good time. Also, I think I used it to help with some social anxiety. I gave it up when I got tired of the hangovers.

I may have an alcohol beverage once or twice a year now.

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Posted May 01 2013 - 11:39 PM

Good and nice to hear that pal.

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Posted May 01 2013 - 11:45 PM

Been sober from all drugs since april 16th now. Only two weeks. meh

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Posted May 02 2013 - 12:16 AM

Two weeks is a great start, ROllin.

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Posted May 02 2013 - 03:08 AM

One whole month alcohol free as of yesterday.The nightly pains in my heart have gone,which I though was from smoking cigarettes,but must have been from the alcohol.Next move is to quit cigarettes,but quitting both smoking and alcohol at once would drive me out of my nut...

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Posted May 07 2013 - 12:51 AM

It's better for to stop also drinking if you don't want somebody calls you an alcoholic.

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Posted May 08 2013 - 01:23 AM

It's better for to stop also drinking if you don't want somebody calls you an alcoholic.


I agree dude. If you don't want somebody calling you alcoholic quit drinking.

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Posted May 13 2013 - 11:27 AM

It'll be 6 weeks 2moro alcohol free for me.I really fancied a bottle of red 2nite.I have £5 in my wallet,just enough,and it's been the the most hard time resisting I've had so far.Not because I want to drown my sorrows but because I want to intensify my warm peace feeling.But I know that caving in would be a real let down,so,damn it,must be strong.

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Posted May 13 2013 - 11:43 AM

8 weeks here. I was tempted a couple times over something which I was expecting. I shut the thought off immediately. My personality is too extreme to use alcohol, because I always end up over doing it.

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Posted May 13 2013 - 11:45 AM

It has been 3 weeks for me. Well done Fair, I remember almost a year ago you saying you wanted to cut down/quit and its a great achievement being 6 weeks into it :)

I never drank frequently but I used alcohol for the entirely wrong reasons, to drown my sorrows and block out reality, it made me very depressed also.


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Posted May 13 2013 - 11:46 AM

I just can't risk losing control anymore.I'm fine on 1 bottle of red,but occasionally I'll drink more than that and start to lose it with people.Not violently but the shitty side of my personality/self comes out and I just hate the remorse.

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Posted May 13 2013 - 12:08 PM

Oh so good for you Fairlight!! Keep up the good work!! I have been alcohol and drug free for over a year since March 1st 2012! It's been the best year of my life for so long now I can't say! Just take it one day at a time!! If you stick with it, it just keeps getting better and better!!

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Posted May 15 2013 - 03:59 PM

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Posted August 18 2013 - 09:27 AM

I'm just writing this to help myself as much as anything.I don't want to bring people down,but here goes.I started drinking again.When I posted a song called "Sacrifice,Let There be Peace",that was about resisting alcohol.The truth is that there is so much emotional pain and anguish in my life that sometimes the only thing that will help release the pressure is alcohol.I have also flirted with heroin before,but not doing that for a while and luckily haven't got hooked on it.But heroin is just so lovely when you are suffering mentally and emotionally.It's a good job I've been sensible with it and have moved away from friends who I would do it with.Alcohol though is so readily available.I'm not a chronic alcoholic,I don't really get "Drunk" as such very often because I have a strong constitution,I just drink to the point where I feel warm and alive.Any drinkers out there will know what I'm talking about.But I have been drinking everyday,and way above the recommend daily units.Drinking is also expensive.I will try not to have one today.I know none of you should really care and everyone has problems.I just wanted to be honest and express myself on this subject.

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Posted August 18 2013 - 09:34 AM

I like your honesty and also care a little bit :P :)

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Posted August 18 2013 - 10:30 AM

hi fairlight.. there are many slips on the journey to getting sober.. good luck to you..

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Posted August 18 2013 - 10:41 AM

I'm just writing this to help myself as much as anything.I don't want to bring people down,but here goes.I started drinking again.When I posted a song called "Sacrifice,Let There be Peace",that was about resisting alcohol.The truth is that there is so much emotional pain and anguish in my life that sometimes the only thing that will help release the pressure is alcohol.I have also flirted with heroin before,but not doing that for a while and luckily haven't got hooked on it.But heroin is just so lovely when you are suffering mentally and emotionally.It's a good job I've been sensible with it and have moved away from friends who I would do it with.Alcohol though is so readily available.I'm not a chronic alcoholic,I don't really get "Drunk" as such very often because I have a strong constitution,I just drink to the point where I feel warm and alive.Any drinkers out there will know what I'm talking about.But I have been drinking everyday,and way above the recommend daily units.Drinking is also expensive.I will try not to have one today.I know none of you should really care and everyone has problems.I just wanted to be honest and express myself on this subject.


Sorry to read this, but understand if you quit again right now, it will be easier, because you aren't as far down the rabbit hole as you were the first time.

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Posted August 19 2013 - 02:12 AM

Thanks for your support guys...I'm going to try again.I went out and bought a bottle of coke and a lemon yesterday and a new tumbler glass as I only had a wine glass lol.

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Posted August 19 2013 - 02:33 AM

as Death said, it's easier the sooner you can do it.. as time goes by you'll think less & less about alcohol, other things fill up your life.. I had to chuckle when I heard a man saying he now loved listening to the birds, & for more than 20 yrs he didn't know they were there!

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Posted October 29 2013 - 11:47 PM

Tomorrow will be day 14 without drinking, a record for me!
I'm feeling exited about it, just have to get through tomorrow and then I can pat myself on the back.
Then my next milestone will be one month.
That will really be something to celebrate!
Will just have to watch for the dialogue that goes, oh I have been so good not drinking all this time so I will have a drink to celebrate.

I got sick of feeling like shit the day after drinking, and I couldn't usually control how much I drank, so I drank a lot most of the time, which is not good for the health or the figure.
And I didn't really enjoy drinking that much anyway, a lot of it was to self medicate or through boredom.

Looking forward to having money saved now instead of being broke by the next payday, and being able to buy some nice things instead of blowing all my money on alcohol.

The last few drinking years have been pretty much wasted years.

They say it takes 53 days to form a new habit, but I find already I'm getting out of the habit of heading down to the bottleshop if I'm anxious or bored or can think of nothing better to do.
It got so my legs would walk me down there without any conscious thinking about should I go there or not.

Alcohol is indeed a bad drug.

It's been helpful reading other peoples experiences thought.

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Posted March 02 2016 - 03:01 AM

Hi all, I just want to say a big thankyou for this post, finding it has been very helpful. I've been a 'bad' drinker since I can remember ie not very good at it. I drink every day which is fine but my problem is like yours was, SheWhoListensToTheWind, ie if I am in a situation where this a lot of free booze going like a family party or something, I have no off switch. I keep telling myself I'll cut down and just have a bottle of wine on a Friday and a Saturday but I never seem to get around to it. You guys have given me the motivation so from next Monday there will be no drinking on work nights.

 

Anyhow, just wanted to get this off my chest and I hope you are all well and doing fine  :) .


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Posted March 02 2016 - 03:46 AM

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