reply to post by ExCommando
As someone who drinks far, far too much and has done for a far too long time(I'm still young however), I can happily offer my own personal thoughts
on the subject.
Probably repeating what others have already said but here goes:
As the OP mentioned, alcohol is always there; through the good times and through the bad times. When you feel down your friends may suggest they take
you for a drink to cheer you up, when your in a good mood you feel like having a good to celebrate the day (a success at work maybe, pulling a girl,
sorting some aspect of your life out)
When your feeling positive and you drink then your creating a associated action of what to do when happy, vice versa when your feeling negative.
I'd say for most people who drink too much, it's simply become a learnt habit (through a variety of reasons) that becomes hard to shake, you don't
feel like you drink too much; it's just a normal part of your life.
Personally, I know I drink too much and also know the reasons why. I did have a good stab a few months back and was down to a few cans a night, cut
down on my smoking, started weight training again and my diet also improved massively.
However, recent circumstances including yet more family trouble, work stress and the death of my best friends mother can blown me back to my old
Without wanting to blow my own trumpet but I used to be extremely physically healthy through weight training, martial arts/Boxing and cardio - it's a
bit of a shame, in my own words, looking at how I am now in comparison to how I used to be then.
I'll improve and sort myself out eventually, anyone who drinks too much or abuses anything in life has the capacity to change their ways, you
obviously need a strong will and a want to change but more importantly (in my opinion anyway) a strong support network around you and positive
reinforcement for when your "being good"
Got plenty more to say on the subject, I haven't actually read this thread fully so will do tonight (probably after a few beers!) but if anyone wants
my advice on the matter (not bigging myself up here, simply think I could help) then U2U me.
I made a similar thread questioning addictions in general, any reading this thread may find it interesting;
I Want More: The Addiction Conspiracy
S+F from me.