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I Want to Stop Drinking Alcohol

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    Thinking about it today,

    I've been drinking for the past 10 years. Crazy! I have never thought of it in such away. So after last night and waking up this morning with this empty feeling inside of me and knowing my actions/behavior last night was unfair on my friends, family and girlfriend. I acted in...
    dwlittle dwlittle 22-25, M 3 Responses Jan 31

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    I'm the good time Charley type.

    Play in a Rock band weekends. I associate booze with fun. I upset my family when I'm drinking and don't see it, until now. I am an IDIOT. there, that feels better.
    Rocknjohn Rocknjohn 56-60, M 1 Response Apr 27

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    I want to stop drinking.

    I know I drink because I'm extremely depressed. I'm going through a separation which doesn't help. I need to stop.
    totalinertia totalinertia 41-45 3 Responses Mar 1

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    My Own Worst Enemy

    That would be me, of course. I really thought I could just hang out, have 1 or 2 glasses of wine like a normal person and stay on track. Nope, didn't happen. It's like an out of body experience. Next thing I know, the bottle's empty and I wake up the next day feeling like I...
    Jean9c Jean9c 41-45, F 3 Responses Sep 2, 2013

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    I'm not a social drinker.

    I just relax in my house and drink beer and wine. I feel as if I need a few beers to sleep. I find myself going through about 5 cases a week, give or take. I can afford it and I'm responsible about it, no drinking and driving, no drinking around my kids. But although I would...
    dom2182 dom2182 31-35, M 1 Response May 9

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    Alcohol - Why Am I Am Doing This to Myself?

    I am 46 years old feamle.  I did not drink alcohol until I could tolerate a certain beer around age 24  I had one now and again with a man I met.  He had tons of friends and he was a heavy beer drinker.  He went to rehab about one year we were together...
    Charcoal1900 Charcoal1900 41-45 3 Responses Jul 7, 2009

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    The Disease From Hell

    Ok so you don't believe in the supernatural. I wouldn't either unless I had experienced it first hand. Just because you can't see it doesn't mean it doesn't exist. No one ever sets out to become an alcoholic. It is a gradual progression you don't see until its too late. I started...
    thegodchick thegodchick 36-40, F 9 Responses Oct 11, 2013

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    Bubye...

    after smoking, drugs, and weed.. here come the time to say good bye to alcohol
    staticonveyor staticonveyor 22-25, M 6 Responses Jul 12, 2013

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    Poison

    There is a poison that slips into my body every once and a while. A poison / slip into my body. Alcohol. I've been drink for a long time. Every one in my family does it, and I guess it rubbed off. I never wanted to. But I do. I drink because... Being drunk... It is a wonderful...
    Shadow6 Shadow6 18-21 9 Responses Jul 14, 2008

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    Day 29 of pure sobriety,

    it is awesome!!! not saying it has been easy ...I would be lying if I did . Is it worth it?????????????????? YES every second of it!!! My life is different now..... it is clear....I enjoy it ....the battle is worth it .....no bottle is worth this AWESOME feeling . So if you are...
    liza2001 liza2001 46-50, F 4 Responses Dec 18, 2013

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    I Feel Like An Embarrassed Idiot

    I'm a 34 year old single female who has no idea when to know enough is enough when drinking. I pretty sure I made a complete fool of myself yet again on Sat night. I was really drunk (although at the time thought I was invincible). I had been at a BBQ and drank nearly 2 bottles...
    Lady1111 Lady1111 31-35 14 Responses Oct 1, 2012

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    Day three on my "Break".

    I don't know if anyone really reads this, but putting it in print helps me stick to the plan. No more drinking... Not for a long while.
    Crosby43 Crosby43 41-45, M 6 Responses Apr 3

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    This time I exceeded the limits.

    Not about crazy or bad stuff or too much alcohol but few boozes in few weeks.. it's time to stop. During these bad times I realize I don't do things I like, for example I don't listen to music.. I just don't care. I skip doing things I like, as sports, play music... As for...
    CrookedMat CrookedMat 26-30, M 1 Response Mar 29

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    I'm a 34 year old man.

    I have a beautiful wife and a wonderful son. Recently iv been thinking about my drinking. I went to a wedding at the weekend and drank to much. I also drink a bit at home 2-3 times a week. After the wedding I felt terrible. I didn't do anything embarrassing but I just genuinely...
    prouddad1 prouddad1 31-35, M 1 Response Apr 21

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    It is official 2 weeks

    or 14 days without drinking. Wow I am really proud of myself. I reviewed my journal I write in. The last time I was sober for a somewhat long time was 2/5/13. So almost a year and it was only 11 days before I broke. So this is the longest I have ever gone not drinking in...
    mysticdragonlady mysticdragonlady 36-40, F Dec 29, 2013

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    Turning Red Wine Into Water

    Today is my fourth day not drinking alcohol. It's not easy but red wine has been replaced with drinking water. I want to become healthier.
    zeeva70 zeeva70 41-45, F 8 Responses Nov 4, 2012

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    I have stopped drinking

    and it's fantastic to be free of the poison!!
    onajourney55 onajourney55 41-45, F 4 Responses Feb 11

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    The Substance That Owned Me

    I could never have imagined as a young girl the horror that was to become my life. How alcohol would own me, consume my life and destroy me. The lengths i would go to to conseal my sickness and obtain my poison showed no mercy. You don't even see it intil its too late. What...
    thegodchick thegodchick 36-40, F 3 Responses Feb 2, 2013

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    Today... I had a horrible craving.

    My worst cravings are from someone who is now my old boss that treats me bad. He was unfair,mean, yelled at me. Prevented me from moving forward. I got a new boss now and he is awesome. Only because I called HR on the old boss and he did get talked too. But here he had his last...
    mysticdragonlady mysticdragonlady 36-40, F Jan 29

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    It's been 8 days sober.

    I won't be drinking anymore. But it feels different this time. Withdraw from drinking took a little longer. I would wake up several times throughout the night. Soaked in sweat. My hair damp. I would have crazy dreams. That seemed real but then didn't make sense. The dreams...
    mysticdragonlady mysticdragonlady 36-40, F 1 Response Feb 5

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    Hoping to Hope

    I want to stop drinking alcohol. I've been a heavy...very heavy...drinker for more than 30 years. I know it's killing me. Recent medical tests say so. My own body says so. But I haven't found a treatment program that does anything but make me want to drink more. For me, AA is...
    Caughtinthetwister Caughtinthetwister 36-40, F 15 Responses Aug 1, 2007

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    Allen Carr's Easy Way To Control Alcohol

    For the last year and a half I have been drinking alcohol nearly every evening, at least half a bottle of wine or two pints of beer a night, and it is gradually increasing.  The trouble began after a very stressful disciplinary and unfair dismissal at my last job following 18...
    Tibicina Tibicina 41-45, F 30 Responses Feb 6, 2011

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    It's the morning after the night before

    and I think it's about time for a reality check. For the last few years I've had trouble controlling my alcohol intake. I don't drink during the week but by the time weekend comes I'll drink n drink n drink. I've felt like its a good way to blow off steam but I'm starting to...
    Jenny4567 Jenny4567 26-30, F 5 Responses Dec 28, 2013

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    I want to live my life just like this week-end:

    free. Free from my mind, away from the bar, far away from that world that tells me that I have to meet girls in a bar drinking something, free from all those bullshits. First thing I did this morning was running, although my backache, but I feel better now, I am concentrated...
    CrookedMat CrookedMat 26-30, M 1 Response Apr 7

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    today is one of those days.

    .. I've been drinking all day yesterday, party, friends, girls... but today.. oh my God I feel like ****. I left my car near my house because I was too drunk to drive, and I went to meet a friend of mine downtown. We drinked voldka lemon (and I never drink those drinks).. I came...
    CrookedMat CrookedMat 26-30, M 2 Responses Mar 23

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    I'm not saying I have a problem,

    just last night I embarrassed myself to say the least. It's worse because I remember it. I am so ashamed and being 21 I think it's time I grow up, no one else got the way i did. I annoyed a fair few people who I'm close too. I want to change. I'm going away next week so...
    missunderstood18 missunderstood18 18-21 1 Response May 9

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    ok... I quit. I decided,

    I quit drinking. This year has begun in such a bad way. Maybe is the reason because I'm drinking that much, but the problem is that I don't know. I don't drink everyday, but before I start doing crazy stuff, I quit. I have to change my life. I don't want to spend money on...
    CrookedMat CrookedMat 26-30, M 3 Responses Mar 28

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    It Would Probably Be For the Best.

    There are a large number of alcoholics in my family. Just about every relative i have drinks to some extent. I see nothing wrong with having a drink here and there... its only when you start using it to fix issues in life is it a problem.  My life is soaked in liquor. My...
    Tacit Tacit 22-25, F 11 Responses Oct 5, 2008

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    Day 4... This is my daily self-affirmation,

    my promise to myself. I WILL feel better. I WILL get healthier. It's not too late.
    karlene53 karlene53 56-60, F 2 Responses Jan 17

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    Wake Up

    you don't wear the look of alcohol in your early 20's but rest assured you will. your face and body start to bloat. your face turns red. capillaries break like spider veins around your nose. your feet swell and your toenails get soft and the skin on your feet peels off. then you...
    thegodchick thegodchick 36-40, F 5 Responses May 18, 2013

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    Breaking The Cycle

    I first tried alcohol when I was 17 (I'm 26). Ever since I started it has not brought anything good in my life. All the wrong decisions I have ever made, and all the hurtful things I have said are because of alcohol. I got a DUI and that didn't even seem to stop me. I used to get...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Oct 6, 2013

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    I Still Can't Believe That I'm Doing This.

    I'm an all or nothing sort of girl. My drinking is either fine or out of hand. At the moment, I'm hung over and I don't want to feel this way EVER again. Sadly, this isn't the first time I've been hung over and it isn't even the worst. I've almost convinced myself that ...
    MissesMiaWallace MissesMiaWallace 26-30 3 Responses Aug 26, 2009

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    So basically I've come to the realization

    that I look to the bottle to aid my thoughts and feelings far to often. Have taken the steps in realizing I need to cut alcohol from my life and look for new ways to get through my thoughts and feelings. Hopefully by jotting my thoughts and past experiences with alcohol down...
    dwlittle dwlittle 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 31

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    I'm fed up with alcohol.

    ..I find I pour a glass of wine out of boredom..it makes house cleaning and chores and cooking more tolerable... I hide drinking from everyone..I've been taking more risks lately after drinking ,like going for bike ride,,,it's to stop drinking but I'm already drunk out on the...
    reace reace 41-45, F 2 Responses Jun 17

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    Seems strange to want to quit something I'm

    so good at.... But I'm back into the drinking, more than I should be. I own a small business and have a stressful life.... Beer is not the answer. Day two for me. Last time I felt this way I made it 14 months without.... It really helps to talk to others...but I need to do it...
    Crosby43 Crosby43 41-45, M 1 Response Apr 2

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    I Called Aa This Morning

    I called AA for the first time this morning....Actually- I called 3 different numbers. All of the offices appear to be closed on Sundays- so I didn't actually get to talk to anyone. I will call again tomorrow morning and find a meeting for Tuesday morning. I haven't followed...
    metis metis 36-40, F 2 Responses Feb 15, 2009

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    I've been sober for 82 days,

    now. The funny thing is - I'm actually lying to my colleagues how I'm still drinking on a regular basis. Alcohol has basically been a tool for all of us, at one point or another. You can hardly bond with a stranger and get the information you need, over a cup of cocoa. A nice...
    DeannaJo DeannaJo 26-30, F 6 Responses Jun 2

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    As the topic says, I would really like to quit

    drinking. I am only 24 and I am having issues. Alcoholism runs in my family but I am suffering from it because I turn into a serious monster very quickly. The medications I am on cause me to black out very quickly and I do and say a lot of stuff I shouldn't. I know it's as easy...
    dontfloatthemainstream dontfloatthemainstream 22-25, F 4 Responses Jun 5

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    I need to stop drinking

    so much I get kind of violent when I have alcohol in my system not good
    Lalola34 Lalola34 18-21, F 2 Responses May 19

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    Get a Grip.

    I'm 27 years old and have been a drinker since my late teens. I've always been shy when it comes to people, and have always wanted to be one of those relaxed confident people in company, and a few drinks has been my way to do that. At the moment I'm changing career by going...
    Johnny81 Johnny81 26-30, M 7 Responses Jun 17, 2009

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    Its A New Day

    Ok so I have just missed a day and half from work because of the drinking. I've actually had enough. My belly is jiggling in a way it never has, I have dull grey skin and just have generally no oomph about me. Enough is enough. I was once a very pretty, slim vivacious girl. Now...
    Loubear466 Loubear466 26-30, F 4 Responses Nov 13, 2013

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    In April 2014, I put in the work to ramp up my

    fitness routines, and I wanted to improve my health as well. I decided it was time to drastically reduce my alcohol consumption. Some things went badly the first week and I ended up having drinks a couple of nights. Later in the month, I had two "cheat days." I am not trying...
    byronbuckles byronbuckles 36-40, M 1 Response May 3

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    Week one of project no drinking.

    I really embarrassed myself again last week. I am weirdly social and want. To. Talk. To . Everyone. When I am drunk. Whether they want to or not. My husband is not drinking with me. He is super supportive. I am an atheist so AA has no appeal. I never drank enough to be...
    apricot1119 apricot1119 31-35, F 4 Responses May 31

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    Six weeks and 3 days.

    Another mile stone for me. Lots of strange emotions super super highs where I love the world and lows being super tired. But it's been good. Establishing new healthy hobbies and habits. Vein patient. Amazing that good things happen all the time. Instead of bad things always...
    mysticdragonlady mysticdragonlady 36-40, F 1 Response Jun 7

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    My fight against drinking is going fine,

    I've been in 5 bars during the week-end without drinking a drop of beer. I know I will taste it again, because I am not addicted to it, and this could make you think a lot but I think it is a mental condition and mine is not critical, anyway I had to quit a little because I care...
    CrookedMat CrookedMat 26-30, M 1 Response Apr 1

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    Going on 33 days sober.

    For people trying to quit. Please read this. This shows what changed my mind went through just being sober for a month. Maybe not everyone will have this reaction at first. But I'm happy I feel this way. I was reading all my old posts when I was reaching out for help and going...
    mysticdragonlady mysticdragonlady 36-40, F 1 Response Mar 2

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    Drinking Has Caused My So Much Shame!

    I am a 30 yr old female. Recently I got drunk at a work event and acted completely ridiculous!! I am so ashamed and sad because of my behavior. I am scared to go to work wondering what people think, if I'm going to get fired, just overall shame! I need to stop drinking because...
    Lost1228 Lost1228 26-30 3 Responses Aug 22, 2012

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    My entire life, tragic things have happened

    because of me being too drunk. I know it's hurting me mentally and physically but I can't imagine a weekend not drinking with friends and going out.
    boxingcactus boxingcactus 22-25, M 2 Responses Jul 15

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    I Want to Stop

    I want to stop drinking.  It  causes me so much distress in my life, like I didn't have enough already.  I'm naturally up and down all the time, have suffered with depression and anxiety most of my life, drinking has been a way of dealing with things, I'm not...
    PiscesForever PiscesForever 26-30, F 15 Responses Dec 5, 2007

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    I am a 38 year old married mother of 2.

    I have been drinking alcohol since I was about 14. Drinking started early for me and many of my friends, it's always been very acceptable to "binge drink" on the weekends or whenever the party started. Looking back there have been a lot Of bad things that alcohol has been a part...
    jenfromtheblock jenfromtheblock 36-40, F 6 Responses Feb 12

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    Vigilant6007 Vigilant6007 26-30, M Mar 28

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    It Started At 33...

    Well here goes. Guess there is a first time for everything... This is my first public post. Not an easy task for a person such as myself - I don't like to share my thoughts too much, but I'm guessing it may help me along the way. :-) I didn't start drinking until the age of...
    Nedpetts Nedpetts 41-45, M 3 Responses Aug 31, 2013

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    No Hangover - But Self-confidence Needs A Boost

    I survived the weekend without booze. It was tough but I did it. Friday night was the worst - I was not on "home territory" and knew hardly anyone at the two social events I attended. But no-one reacted to my not drinking alcohol. Saturday night was a bit easier - I was with good...
    artdeco artdeco 36-40 3 Responses Jun 13, 2011

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