I Quit Drinking

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 147 People

    But It's Still Not Over!

    I love drinking. That bit after about four pints when you feel you can rule the world is amazing. However, I have no STOP button. When I was younger (I'm 41) I'd get drunk with my mates, as you do. Nothing wrong there. It was the 80's, the pubs closed at 11 and it was all...
    oldbrokenlegs oldbrokenlegs
    Nov 21, 2010

    I Quit, You Can Too!

    On June 17 2008, I quit drinking cold turkey, on my own. I had been drinking for about  forty years in varying degrees, mostly acceptable, but I had become a regular binge drinker and was running the gauntlet of the law by driving while under the influence. I met an old friend...
    brucefj1s brucefj1s
    56-60, M
    1 Response Dec 21, 2010

    Necessary Change.

    I decided to quit drinking the day I got out of the hospital. I went to the hospital because I was having a breakdown. I had lost my cell phone, or someone picked it off me the day I ended up in the hospital. I lost it. I lost everything. To me I had nothing left. It all came...
    dawniew725 dawniew725
    36-40, F
    1 Response Feb 16, 2012

    I quit drinking alcohol several months ago I

    can not even believe myself how much harm it was doing to my body and my soul... Since I quit I have lost 32 pounds gone from a size 34 to a 31. I have started and remained in a healthy loving relationship with the man of my dreams. My family likes to be around me again. I...
    xsday84 xsday84
    31-35, M
    Jul 1, 2014

    The Bottle Is Empty

    I quit drinking on August 4, 2003. I spent a year before that trying to quit but always finding myself going back. I knew that I had been able to quit for short periods of time like during Lent (even though I'm not Catholic). To practice self discipline and maintain my focus on...
    chromaticone chromaticone
    36-40, M
    May 1, 2009

    I was always a casual drinker,

    until my 4th child was born. Shortly after I gave birth, my husband started going away for work, gone two weeks home one. I was so overwhelmed with doing it all myself. We had moved across the country from my family a few years earlier. This was a recipe for disaster. It started...
    villagemom villagemom
    2 Responses Nov 5, 2014

    A Year and a Half Ago Today

    I quit drinking a year and a half ago today. I had tried to stop drinking, or slow down my drinking, for years but it never stuck.  It was really difficult to get used to being around people without drinking...especially if they were drinking...but I finally was able...
    life101 life101
    41-45, M
    7 Responses Nov 1, 2007

    Quitting Drinking

    Hello to everyone on the board… I have not wrecked my car. I have not lost my job. I have not destroyed any relationships. A judge is not ordering me to do this, nor is this the function of some ultimatum. The last drink I had was a week ago, when I had one beer with...
    DoubleBreastedShoes DoubleBreastedShoes
    5 Responses Feb 5, 2011

    Need To Quit

    Hello. I have realized I need to quit drinking. I started about 5 years ago in order to fall asleep (I know that it doesn't help you get quality sleep). I have had trouble falling asleep since middle school. I have gotten to the point of drinking until I pass out. I start when I...
    tailsmom tailsmom
    36-40, F
    5 Responses Aug 7, 2013

    I quit drinking over 500 days ago.

    I don't go to AA. I went to 2 or 3 meetings at the start of my latest (not first) quest for sobriety. I guess I didn't go to a "good" meeting...that is I didn't connect with anyone there. It seems like no one had a job or a license; that they discussed the struggle for rides...
    sober79 sober79
    41-45, M
    4 Responses May 7, 2014
    1 Response Jan 12, 2015

    Embarking On A New Path

    well....recently my "social drinking" has turned this usually happy-go-lucky life-of-the-party girl into something quite ugly. i have started disrespecting my dear boyfriend by out of control flirting and general sloppyness. we have a very large very close knit group of friends...
    ferocioustigerlily ferocioustigerlily
    2 Responses Mar 15, 2011

    Why I Dont Get Drunk Anymore

    I always got drank to get drunk, thats the way I am and it all goes back to when i was 16 and had my first 40 of old english. First time I ever really regretted drinking was one cold night in february in my senior year of high school when i got so drunk off georgi vodka that I...
    baddescisionsman baddescisionsman
    1 Response Oct 30, 2011

    Devil In Me....4 Days And Counting ...

    see i've never been the kind of girl that can say no ... i have the limitations of a black bear who hasn't eaten in a couple days paired with an overly addictive personality..well...use your imagination to the length of destruction im capable of . sometimes i wish i was addicted...
    kikixox kikixox
    Jul 30, 2013

    I Had A Dream

    I had a dream last night that I drank and did foolish things during one of my typical blackouts to embarass myself and my wife terribly. But it was only a dream! It was a nightmare really! But still only just that. It was a great reminder to me why I quit drinking. Today I...
    sober79 sober79
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Dec 29, 2012


    That's a shame!that made me some one who i wasn't! Now hat i see,being drunk is the worst situation that i have ever been in! I have done my worst deeds and made my bitterest experience while i was drunk! I let the hands of the devil free to make me do what ever he wants,like a...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Feb 26, 2012


    I am making a video on alcohol consumption and the dangers of the River Aire in Leeds. The purpose of this video is to give the public an idea of the dangers of drinking and why they should quit. Link to the video coming soon...
    Jan 16, 2013

    I quit drinking five days ago,

    every day has been a struggle. I never used to drink soda but I find myself craving a nice cold Pepsi like every day! I think my body is trying to replace the sugars I would normally consume in a bottle of wine. I believe I was in the middle stages of alcoholism. It was starting...
    deleted deleted
    Jun 18, 2015

    I Think I Am Good

    I love my wife so much. She has been very supportive to get me out of my alcohol addiction . She is calm composed and confident that I will be out of addiction. Though I am addicted my creativity is as good as new and I have proved that in time. I don't drink more than 10% of my...
    sbeebuu sbeebuu
    41-45, M
    Oct 25, 2012

    Sober Is Great

    I didn't start drinking until I was 38.  I then got drunk once, for nine years.  I've now been sober for two years.  Everyone of us that have chosen sobriety have the right to be very proud!  My hats off to each and everyone of you.
    Carolinaman Carolinaman
    46-50, M
    3 Responses Oct 10, 2009

    My Thoughts (for What Its Worth)

    I am a non smoker. I find smoking to be a disgusting habit. My mother has been a smoker all her life. I tried as a kid like most do. Thankfully it never caught on with me, I was lucky. I had whooping cough when I was 14 which turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Coming very...
    Digitaldreamer Digitaldreamer
    31-35, M
    Feb 13, 2012

    My Official Quit Day

    I'm starting my quit today, December 18, 2009. I know it's going to be tough around the Holidays but I have to do this. I'm more of a binge drinker than anything else. I will have a bottle of wine about 3 times a week, and to make matters worse, I smoke when I drink. SO...
    sobermama sobermama
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Dec 18, 2009

    Trying A New Way

    I for 35 years. l've been drinking heavy for over 35 years. I need a change. My husband gets frustrated with me so I'm giving sobriety a chance.  I'm lucky to have a great husband. nice home, education and job.  I got a clean bill of health which is a total miricle. I've...
    kelsiedog kelsiedog
    51-55, F
    6 Responses Mar 19, 2011

    I had a problem and I knew it.

    It was tough, but I asked my doctor for help and willingly went to rehab for a month. It really sucked being confined to a small hospital ward for that long... Despite the isolation and quirks of the other patients, I had practically zero responsibilities and I loved every...
    G603 G603
    31-35, M
    Jan 18, 2014

    I have been 3 years sober

    and clean and all my friends know it and when they know I'm going to be in town that's when they message me and push and push for me to go to the bar and party. And if I say no they get mad at me. I just know that I can't just go out and have one drink or just a couple and...
    QueenB14 QueenB14
    22-25, F
    1 Response Mar 29

    Easy At First, Getting Tougher Now...

    60 days without a drink now.... Quit cold turkey. I knew I had to quit because I was using alcohol to "escape" from my life's problems, which have seemed to multiply so much over the last few years. So escaping from these problems didn't mean I drank that awful much 5 or 10...
    4longyears 4longyears
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Jun 24, 2012


    January 1st came and went without me following through on a commitment to slow down or quit drinking. It was getting worse as my husband's illness got worse. Not long after the kids came home, I "checked out" with a six pack or half a bottle of Pinot. I managed to...
    skywardbound skywardbound
    41-45, F
    1 Response Jan 17, 2009

    One Shore Sobering Fact

    Alcohol has taken me to hell and back, today I decided to join this forum and for once in my life be man enough to stand up and admitt I have a problem. I have wasted to many years looking for life inside the end of a bottle, my mother used to say you create your own hell on...
    Saved75 Saved75
    1 Response Feb 17, 2013

    I Am Having An Incredible Urge To Drink Right Now!

    I am not going to ruin the 4 months of sobriety I have under my belt. All the stress and problems I feel building up will still be there AND I will be a drunk who gave into his urges and I am not going to be that guy. Drinking solves nothing, in fact, it creates many more...
    sober79 sober79
    41-45, M
    Apr 12, 2013

    My Last Drink

    I started my last drink at 12.00 mid day (GMT) on Saturday, October 4th. 2008. It was a 440ml can of John Smith's Original Bitter, the last of a 4-pack I started last night. It's mainly a financial decision, but I can foresee health benefits as well. Plus, I've come to see...
    cyberkitty cyberkitty
    6 Responses Oct 4, 2008

    Not By Choice

    I had to quit drinking, but not by choice.  The only thing I ever enjoyed drinking was beer.  In fact, from the early age of 16 until last fall, I was good for nearly a 12 pack a week.  Sometimes much more.  Sometimes much less.Then at age 39 I had my first gout attack.  Not...
    deleted deleted
    Sep 9, 2011

    Quitting Drinking

    I started drinking when I was about 17. It was the late 90s, Kurt Cobain was dead and it just felt like the right thing to do. My thing was I would always get smashed at live music events. I just loved the music so much that the only way I could really enjoy it was through...
    harlandgreen harlandgreen
    Feb 4, 2013

    A Few Days Ago!!!

    I decided to quit drinking a few days ago, because it is destroying me! I get so depressed when I drink and get very suicidal. I love life too much to be like this. Alcohol brings out the worst in me. I have hurt and scared two important people in my life a few days ago. I cant...
    picgirl picgirl
    31-35, F
    7 Responses Nov 2, 2007

    Why I Stopped Drinking

    I stopped drinking 3 weeks ago to look honestly at the role alcohol has played in my life. It hit me the other day that I've just wondered one too many times whether or not I 'have a problem'. I've told myself that we are 'normal drinkers' who just happen to drink every day...
    whydry whydry
    41-45, F
    1 Response Oct 19, 2012

    I Quit Drinking

    I'm a petite person. It doesn't take much to get me drunk...I'm a cheap drunk! lol  When I'm drunk, I tend to get too careless.  Which made my situations very unsafe.  I'm also trying to become a healthier person, and live a healthier life. Alcohol tastes bad...
    NikilovesMarcel NikilovesMarcel
    3 Responses Feb 4, 2008

    I Just Didn't Feel Like It Anymore.....

    I quite drinking some time ago..... I was married for ten years and seven years of this I didn't drink.  Then with new partner I started again and a number of things happened - I had an allergic reaction to red wine one night and after that I just found I couldn't drink...
    hatcreek hatcreek
    36-40, F
    1 Response Apr 20, 2009

    I Left The Bottle, My Tweaker Friend, And I'M Starting A New Life.

    I stopped drinking alcohol. I am four days sobber. I had to give up drinking cause I became a monster under the influence... I am a street performer. I play guitar and sing. I write my own music and play covers as well. I live in Las Vegas, Nevada, the entertainment capital of...
    HeartOnSleeveXXX HeartOnSleeveXXX
    1 Response Apr 13, 2013

    Blech, Yes

    The last time I drank alcohol was a couple of months ago. I drank champagne and vodka together and blacked out...woke up and puked my guts out over and over. It was extremely unpleasant and it was no fun at all. Alcohol is not appealing to me at all now.
    BlackRose321 BlackRose321
    31-35, F
    1 Response Jun 8, 2012

    226 Days Sober

    I quit drinking 226 days ago, and this is going to sound strange but I am not counting. I just had to look at a calendar and get out a calculator to arrive at this number. I am of course very much looking forward to my one year anniversary without a single sip, taste, or even...
    sober79 sober79
    41-45, M
    3 Responses Jul 29, 2013

    I have been sober for one year,

    seven months, and 27 days. One wouldn't think that I would still struggle not to drink but sometimes I do. Most sober people I meet, or recovering alcoholics I should say, seem to be completely used to the fact that they don't drink. But I still think about it, sometimes...
    sober79 sober79
    41-45, M
    Aug 11, 2014

    I Had To Stop

    I am 35 years years old and two years ago I began to drink heavily. I saw a picture of myself in my mind's eye, in the future, and it scared me. I feel so much better, and am no longer moody. My children and husband need me well.
    manika11 manika11
    Aug 28, 2011

    Be Your Own Doctor & Stop Alcohol <3 The Advice That Changed My Life :)

    My name's Aymen Ennazih, I'm 30 years old, 10 years ago, I was a member of a basketball team in high school, I loved hanging out and partying with my friends. I drank alcohol, because it was all around me, Everyone was doing it, At every party everywhere I went, it was the norm...
    AmineIglesias AmineIglesias
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Oct 20, 2012


    I want to stay healthy so I quit drinking, but sometimes I really want to have a good time and let loose
    alyssaO alyssaO
    18-21, F
    Nov 11, 2013

    June 13th I quit, here I am doing a lot better

    and enjoying things in life a little more. Not gonna lie, I still think about a cold beer every few hours.
    AgainstRobots AgainstRobots
    26-30, M
    Jun 26, 2015

    I Was Drinking to Self-medicate

    My beverage of choice was dry red wines, such as shiraz, and right before I quit I was drinking 3/4 of a bottle of wine all by myself every evening.  I'm a petite girl and am lucky I didn't kill myself.  Alcohol was never kind to me.  Under the influence I...
    GretaSamsa GretaSamsa
    26-30, F
    6 Responses Jul 15, 2007

    I've Always Thought Of Drink As The Catalyst To Fun!!

    Hi Everyone!!   Not to sure how to start this. I've been thinking for a long long time  that I need to take some sort of step towards dealing with my drinking.  I have drank for as long as I can remember and since starting at about 14 years old I can say...
    DrGoodGreen DrGoodGreen
    26-30, M
    2 Responses May 6, 2010
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