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On The Wagon... then in 'ere!

Discussion in 'La Cuisine' started by Cosimo, 23 Apr 2013.

  1. nocash168

    Gangster

    Joined: 22 Nov 2017

    Posts: 234

    Location: Hampshire

    Finally come to the realisation that alcohol and my brain do not get along.

    Time to cut it out of my life. Not one positive comes from me consuming alcohol.

    **** you alcohol, I'm out!
     
  2. TonyLewis

    Gangster

    Joined: 10 Sep 2021

    Posts: 118

    Location: UK

    Thanks man, I agree totally and have also set myself guidelines, it does not mean I will not drink again. For example I have made the decision to only drink alcohol when I am out of the house and not consume any at home. As individuals we need to do what works best for us.

    Sorry to hear about the separation, I hope it is not to long before the dark clouds lift and you can move on with your life.
     
    Last edited: 14 Sep 2021
  3. haaammit

    Mobster

    Joined: 22 Aug 2010

    Posts: 3,331

    Location: On the Wagon-East Angular

    Well done to all those who are moderating their intake in the way they want to, and for those who are finding it hard going and have slipped - try again :)

    I've dipped in and out of this thread over the years. For me the wagon has always had a non stick surface, however, I'm able to say that I'm now 16 weeks off the booze, the longest time in over 20 years. One of the main driving forces behind this current period of sobriety is my best mate/drinking buddy has had to go dry, so I'm kind of doing the same, if he has to go without a drink, then so do I, if that makes sense? It's not the only reason, but it has certainly helped this time. I've been through a few stressful situations whereby I was certain I would cave and grab a drink, but it turned out I just don't want to drink any more. What little fun that there was left in drinking for me has gone. 24th November will be 6 months off the pop - I'm aiming for that next.
     
  4. TonyLewis

    Gangster

    Joined: 10 Sep 2021

    Posts: 118

    Location: UK

    Well done mate, 6 months is certainly an achievement. I am only 2 weeks in but already feeling the benefits of being off the booze, hope I can also make it to 6 months!
     
  5. Tefal

    Capo Crimine

    Joined: 30 Jun 2007

    Posts: 68,539

    Location: Wales

    Old speckled hen low alcohol tastes like burned sugar/candy floss in water.

    Bit gutted by that
     
  6. mid_gen

    Capodecina

    Joined: 20 Dec 2004

    Posts: 12,202

    Currently dealing with the death of my father-in-law...finally succumbed to complications from destroying his liver.

    Awful watching it all play out. He wasn't a problem drinker as such, just got into the habit of having some cans most days. Managed to kick the booze after barely surviving getting down to ~3% liver function....and lasted another couple of years but the damage to his other organs was already done.

    I used to be a terrible binge drinker, huge sessions at least 3 times a week. Changed my lifestyle several years back when this started to play out. Still drink alcohol but very, very rarely more than a couple of beers.

    My advice is not to just try and stop drinking. Same as weight loss, don't just try and eat less or whatever. Take up a physical activity that you enjoy.....then instead of 'giving up' something, all you're doing is stopping doing things that get in the way of the stuff you enjoy.

    After spending every weekend of my 20s and 30s hungover, I wouldn't dream of it any more, got too much stuff to get out and do in the mornings!
     
  7. Luckystrike123

    Hitman

    Joined: 11 Aug 2011

    Posts: 648

    Well I've come to the realisation that I have developed a habit of problem drinking.

    I need a drink when I'm unhappy, tired, stressed, unwell, in a good mood or for any possible reason of celebration.

    I've managed to cut down from 6-8 cans 3/4 times a week to probably 2-4 cans 3/4 times per week.

    I've also realised that alchohol has taken the place of a binge eating habit that I used to have.

    So, recently I've taken up the Wim Hoff method (cold showers & breathing exercises) as a method of coping (developing resilience to stress) which has shown some promising results. I'd like to get into exercising more but I'm a high risk of injury as I haven't truely recovered from back surgery (lots of pulled muscles/spasms but fortunately no more nerve pain). I'm still working on improving my injury resilence but its a very tedious and frustrating process.

    Anyway, I've not had a drink yesterday or today and I'm determined to commit to abstenence from alcohol for a prolonged period of time. I'm also going to eat only at perscibed times to stop binge eating. I've been kidding myself that I can just go back to going to the pub once per week but atm this is a fanciful idea.
     
  8. Psycho Sonny

    Caporegime

    Joined: 21 Jun 2006

    Posts: 38,366

    Not had a drink in 13 months. Don't plan to for at least another 6 months. I might see how it goes if I hit the 2 year mark. Been at home throughout covid and only close friends and families houses helped. I'm not a house drinker.
     
  9. PapaLazaru

    Capodecina

    Joined: 23 Dec 2009

    Posts: 17,997

    Location: RG8

    Good luck, how are you getting on?
     
  10. Dyson

    Soldato

    Joined: 18 Jan 2007

    Posts: 5,502

    Location: Dorset

    Three months ago I had to stop drinking due to a new medication I was prescribed. I was drinking around a litre of gin a week, plus 4-8 bottles of cider - I knew it was probably too much, but I don't do well when forced to moderate, so had not cut down.

    I came off the new meds about 6 weeks ago, and haven't gone back to drinking - the only things I drink now are tea and water, with the occasional alcohol free pear cider at the weekend.
     
  11. Luckystrike123

    Hitman

    Joined: 11 Aug 2011

    Posts: 648

    I suppose it's going okay but not as well as I'd hoped, although I do feel happier than 1 month ago.

    I've realised that my issue is mainly binge eating related and that alcohol is a facilitator for the overeating.

    In terms of going cold turkey on the booze I've failed spectacularly, but I've halved my alcohol consumption again so I suppose that is a plus.

    I'm "exercising" (heavy backpack walk, flexibility and mobility) every other day which helps filling my free time with a productive activity. I'm hoping to be able to get back into weightlifting early 2022.

    My main goal is to not be tired as this is the "feeling" that torpedoes my intentions quicker than anything else. This is hard to achieve with a young family but if I keep trying at some point I'll succeed.

    I no longer beat myself up when I fail either which is better for my outlook too.
     
  12. Luckystrike123

    Hitman

    Joined: 11 Aug 2011

    Posts: 648

    Well done on sticking with it. Did you find it challenging or did you take to it easily?
     
  13. Dyson

    Soldato

    Joined: 18 Jan 2007

    Posts: 5,502

    Location: Dorset

    It was made easier by having to do it, if I'm honest. Before that, I'd known I probably should stop ( or at least reduce the amount), but never did.
     
  14. alexakasloth

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 13 Aug 2004

    Posts: 7,951

    Location: Newhaven, Sussex.

    It has been 2 months of not drinking after having a mental breakdown/ episode. I have had difficulty with sleeping for around a year and whilst it is not the only factor not drinking alcohol has certainly helped.
     
  15. haaammit

    Mobster

    Joined: 22 Aug 2010

    Posts: 3,331

    Location: On the Wagon-East Angular

    26 weeks and 2 days for me now off the pop. Just over half a year. Exactly 6 calendar months since my last drink, which was 23rd May this year. My consumption when I stopped was a minimum of 25 units a day, every day, 7 days a week. I went cold turkey, but did have someone with me who knows what warning signs to look for when alcoholics just stop drinking.

    I certainly feel better for it and I've lost some weight (about 38kg, or 6 stone or 152 blocks of butter plus at least 6" round the waist) but it's still hard! Onwards with the next 6 months, taking each day as it comes! My beverage of choice at the moment is Tesco Xero Cherry - 0 calories, so I can drink as much as I want (at least 2 litres a day, come at me bro :p ) which is a bargain at 50p per 2 litre bottle. I was spending at least £15 a day on booze before.

    Good luck to all the others moderating their intake :)
     
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  16. Lokai

    Capodecina

    Joined: 26 Jun 2008

    Posts: 17,119

    Location: Wakefield

    Awesome work on the 6 months. Out of interest, how long had you been drinking 25 units a day? Did you try moderating before tee total? My boozing is starting to push 7 days a week , prob averaging around 12 units a day, it's really creeper up on me. Certainly starting to feel some negative affects.
     
  17. haaammit

    Mobster

    Joined: 22 Aug 2010

    Posts: 3,331

    Location: On the Wagon-East Angular

    Thank you! I've been a heavy drinker for at least 25 years. The amount crept up over the years, but it's been at that higher end for at least the last 10 years I'd say. I've tried stopping before but always fell off the wagon. Never really been able to do the moderation thing, so it's all or nothing for me, but what works for one doesn't for another, so give cutting down a try if you're not happy with the amount you are drinking.

    Good luck :)
     
  18. Tax Evader

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 9 Feb 2004

    Posts: 1,607

    Location: The Planet Houston

    Are you me? When I read what you've posted I thought it was...

    Awesome job you've done with the break :)
     
  19. Freakbro

    Capodecina

    Joined: 29 Jul 2010

    Posts: 20,443

    Location: Lincs

    I've set myself to have a dry January, made easier as we have no social events this month like gigs or meals out with friends.

    Red wine is my tipple and I do like to have it with an evening meal, it's only 4 days in but it's fine so far, not even missed it yet! Whereas at other times I've tried to do a dry month I'd usually fail quite quickly - think I've only managed it for a full month once before while trying.
     
  20. NickK

    Capodecina

    Joined: 13 Jan 2003

    Posts: 19,779

    The festive period was quite well moderated. Previous years have seen umpteen bottles of red, champagne and beer (75cl 8%+) also previously we'd stock up for the summer BBQ (97 bottles of beer at one point+kegs). This year with the unfortunate covid related death of the father-in-law over a year ago, the festive intake seemed to have returned to a more moderate level. French only drink for an appetiser and during the meal, so this year I think a grand total of 4x330ml bottles of beer, one 750ml of beer on the large xmas day meal and a two glasses of wine (also the French drink smaller glasses). No hangover, and only a small buzz of alcohol.
    I did come back with only 5 bottles of red, a pack of 9% Leffe and four bottles of a Tripple - all pushed to the darkest spot under the stairs. Also limiting my intake until the end of January - the mrs was supposed todo the same with sweets/sugar and we're both to go veggie for jan. Came back with a load of sweets and (mainly red) meat to tide us over quarantine etc. Now to 'enforce' the previously planned reductions along with some exercise once quarantine is done.