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flipper1966 flipper1966 56-60, M 14 Answers Dec 10, 2012 in Alcoholism

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I was drinking a lot for awhile and managed to stop for a month just to prove to myself that I could. I don't know if that counts, but I didn't need outside help. It was just a decision I made on my own.

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I Tried for years but now I realize that I cant do it alone. I not only have been clean and sober for the past 3 years - and, HAPPY! All through AA

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I think if you don't need help you really aren't an alcoholic.

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I drank a six-pack of beer every day for two years. I think I was an alcoholic. But I gave it up on my own.

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Many times

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Really?

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Funny, Ernie!

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I'll drink to that.

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I don't know that I was an alcoholic but I sure used to drink a lot. It just quit being fun so I stopped. Now it's just an occasional beer when it's hot or when we go out for dinner.

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no. I am a happy alcholic

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ba<x>sed upon extensive observation, I tend to think the ability to do it on one's own is the difference. Actual alcoholics can't overcome it without outside help.

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Yep

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My dad did. He was an abusive alcoholic, eventually he realized that he wanted to keep his family and so he really tried to stop. Had relapses every now and then but we didn't stop supporting him and eventually he gave up the alcohol that was hurting him and us. Now he drinks beer, a better alternative for all of us.

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I stopped drinking 31 years ago, on my own, without any help; but I probably wasn't an alcoholic. Just someone who drank too much.

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I drank a six-pack of beer every day for two years. I think I was an alcoholic. But I gave it up on my own.

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That's good. Was it difficult for you?

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No. By the time I quit I was ready to quit. You have to really want to quit.

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Yeah, me too. No problem. I didn't like me drunk, so I stopped being drunk.

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I developed a problem with severe insomnia and stomach pains. That really made me want to stop drinking. It was the feeling of getting a good night's sleep that motivated me not to drink.

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Any reason that gets us to quit is a good reason. In my case, I said something that hurt my 7 year old daughter's feelings, and scared her. In order to make it right, I promised her she would never see her mother drunk again. She is 38 now and I've never been drunk since that day.

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Good for you!

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:) I've never regretted it. She is also the one who got me to quit smoking.

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I guess she is my life saver.

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Sure did.

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I don't drink.

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