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Giving up alcohol for good- anyone on ATS managed it ?

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posted on Mar, 16 2012 @ 04:30 AM
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Just out of curiosity really. I have been looking up the benefits from stopping drinking altogether as I am not one of those people that does things in moderation although I have got better in recent years. Still, if I go out for one I am likely to be that person who convinces you to stay for five.

I know that people say everything is ok in moderation, but what benefits do you get from completely removing it from your life. And have any of you succesfully stopped drinking and why ?

Also here are some links I have been reading about
personal benefits


and some about health benefits

Also I would usually research this hungover but as I am not it might actually be that It is something I do want to stick to.




posted on Mar, 16 2012 @ 04:35 AM
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Haha.. Seriously, at least you would stop spending money on a lawful drug.



posted on Mar, 16 2012 @ 04:38 AM
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Sorry, I'm not giving it up.

I only drink maybe once a month.
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posted on Mar, 16 2012 @ 04:39 AM
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you don't have to.

I am sure by this evening this idea will be out the window.



posted on Mar, 16 2012 @ 04:41 AM
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I gave up last March having been a big drinker for a few years, seriously it's the best thing I've ever done.



posted on Mar, 16 2012 @ 04:42 AM
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I hope you do not mind me saying this, since I have been unsuccessful.

I jsut wanted to say that if you drink like I did and do about a 12 er about 4 days a week and about 6 on other days. I did not drink today though.

Last time I tried to quit(ran out of money made it an easy choice) I got very very sick!

I could have died. It started with depression and shaking hands and anxiety. This turned into no sleep for 4 days and sweating constantly. My heart rate and blood pressure went really high. I started hallucinating actually hearing voices seeing things.

I missed class for a week and I am still catching up on my grades.

Point is either get a doctor to help you through this or SLOWLY ween yourself. Especially with the heart rate thing, I thought I was going to have a heart attack. Your body releases extra stimulants if you drink a lot, and when you quit those chemicals don't quit right away, so a doctor usualy prescribe some benzo(xanax) type drugs to slow you down a bit and lower your anxiety...

Please do not do what I did.
Thanks for reading.

~Dusty



posted on Mar, 16 2012 @ 04:43 AM
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hello Jack

So when you say big drinker do you mean daily? Also how did your health improve?



posted on Mar, 16 2012 @ 04:46 AM
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Originally posted by Dustytoad
reply to post by eyesdown
 


I hope you do not mind me saying this, since I have been unsuccessful.

I jsut wanted to say that if you drink like I did and do about a 12 er about 4 days a week and about 6 on other days. I did not drink today though.

Last time I tried to quit(ran out of money made it an easy choice) I got very very sick!

I could have died. It started with depression and shaking hands and anxiety. This turned into no sleep for 4 days and sweating constantly. My heart rate and blood pressure went really high. I started hallucinating actually hearing voices seeing things.

I missed class for a week and I am still catching up on my grades.

Point is either get a doctor to help you through this or SLOWLY ween yourself. Especially with the heart rate thing, I thought I was going to have a heart attack. Your body releases extra stimulants if you drink a lot, and when you quit those chemicals don't quit right away, so a doctor usualy prescribe some benzo(xanax) type drugs to slow you down a bit and lower your anxiety...

Please do not do what I did.
Thanks for reading.



~Dusty


Hi Dusty

I do not drink daily and can go a week or so without drinking, i do not really crave it I just drink it out of social habit i suppose. But thanks for the word of caution sorry to hear you went through all that. I get anxiety from time to time but its always worse on a hang over. Do you still drink now or did your doc help u off it ?



posted on Mar, 16 2012 @ 04:48 AM
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I know people who have given it up for more than 10 years. I also have a few friends from HS that have quit a few years back also. We graduated in 2004. If you want to quit, the best idea is finding a support system. I would try church or AA. I have only drank 7 times the last two years. I'm trying to make a long stretch without it now, hopefully never again. I have about 40 days right now. Private message me if you need a sober buddy! P.S another tip is replacing your old habit with healthy/positive new ones. Try exercising more.
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posted on Mar, 16 2012 @ 04:50 AM
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I pretty much drink religiously, sorry to say it although its true. I have gone almost a month without a drink although I've never quit completely. Green tea will help and if you're a smoker cigarettes will too. Good luck to you, I haven't been very lucky in the quitting department, my body is a big fan, so is my mind.



posted on Mar, 16 2012 @ 04:52 AM
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I never had a doctor.
I never have had insurance.
I am poor and in the USA. hahahahaha.



I still Drink quite regularly... Day before yesterday had 11 or so.. sometimes I would drink as much as 18-20 beers..
I average about 8 now, but sometimes, jeez I drink way too much
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posted on Mar, 16 2012 @ 04:53 AM
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Yeah, it only last month, then you'll go back.
Can't drink this weekend because I have to get up 7 in the morning. Bah, hopefully next weekend it is. I can probably drink on Saturday. I have nothing to do.



posted on Mar, 16 2012 @ 04:53 AM
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I was more a complete alcoholic than big drinker. Yes it was every day, I just couldn't see anything beyond the stuff. Health wise I lost 4 stone (I was 19 stone) and now have a life.
About 2 weeks after I quit I took up cycling. The first 2 rides I thought I was gonna have a heart attack but I stuck to it and am still getting better.



posted on Mar, 16 2012 @ 04:54 AM
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i drink a lot of green tea n deffinately prefer it to the taste of wine. But yeah I know It is no easy thing to do. Especially when it is part of your culture well it is deffinately part of mine. Even just socialising with friends is rarely done without some booze involved.



posted on Mar, 16 2012 @ 04:59 AM
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It will be tough, but you can do it. Try asking God for help. You will be tempted to drink, just turn it down. If your friends don't respect your decision, I suggest getting new friends.



posted on Mar, 16 2012 @ 05:02 AM
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Just out of curiosity....As someone who very rarely drinks, I thought I might turn this question around and ask what benefits are there to drinking at all? I mean, other than the taste (I myself enjoy some good wine on occasion....and I won't turn down a really nice dark beer, if someone buys one for me). Do some people get a euphoria from it? It always just enhanced whatever mood I was in a tiny bit (which made it horrible if I was in a crappy mood) I did drink regularly for a year or two when I first went off to college....and from that experience I never really found it to be that enjoyable of a thing. I've never found it useful in social situations....It might loosen me up a bit.....But it also made me act stupid....And on the rare occasion something really great happened, while I was drunk....I couldn't really remember much of the night anyway.


I can totally understand drinking a tiny bit, if you're in a good mood, and out with a loved one, or some good friends...Or if your a bit stressed out, and are taking a drink to calm your nerves a bit at the end of a very stressed out day....But I never really understood why people would drink daily....Or why would someone regularly drink to excess. Honestly....what possible good comes from that?

EDIT: Thought I'd add, I'm not being judgmental.....Nor am I suggesting I'm somehow better anyone here that does drink (trust...I'm far from perfect!) It's just an honest question...I didn't want it to come off wrong, so I figured I'd add this.


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posted on Mar, 16 2012 @ 05:04 AM
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I only drink so I can drown out the noise.


What???

What's that you say???

I can't hear you!!!!!!!





posted on Mar, 16 2012 @ 05:05 AM
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I don't even understand how one can drink daily. Tried it once to drink the next day after drinking the evening before and got a very sick feeling.
I won't stop drinking, why should i? I want to live and enjoy every second of it. If i stop doing anything that is considered "unhealthy", i would always have the feeling that miss out on a lot. I tried it once to go a month without drinking, it gave me nothing, did nothing and it wasn't that i felt 'ultra fit and healthy'.



posted on Mar, 16 2012 @ 05:08 AM
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I only drink when I go to parties. But then again I have a year until I turn 21.

Why give it up if you only drink socially? What is the issue?



posted on Mar, 16 2012 @ 05:09 AM
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Originally posted by bhornbuckle75
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Just out of curiosity....As someone who very rarely drinks, I thought I might turn this question around and ask what benefits are there to drinking at all? I mean, other than the taste (I myself enjoy some good wine on occasion....and I won't turn down a really nice dark beer, if someone buys one for me). Do some people get a euphoria from it? It always just enhanced whatever mood I was in a tiny bit (which made it horrible if I was in a crappy mood) I did drink regularly for a year or two when I first went off to college....and from that experience I never really found it to be that enjoyable of a thing. I've never found it useful in social situations....It might loosen me up a bit.....But it also made me act stupid....And on the rare occasion something really great happened, while I was drunk....I couldn't really remember much of the night anyway.


I can totally understand drinking a tiny bit, if you're in a good mood, and out with a loved one, or some good friends...Or if your a bit stressed out, and are taking a drink to calm your nerves a bit at the end of a very stressed out day....But I never really understood why people would drink daily....Or why would someone regularly drink to excess. Honestly....what possible good comes from that?



Hey no problem. I don't drink daily so I am afraid can't answer that for you. I only drink when out with friends but that is atleast once a week and usually feel hungover the next day. The 'benefits' of drinking I suppose you answered yourself ' you're in a good mood, and out with a loved one, or some good friends...Or if your a bit stressed out, and are taking a drink to calm your nerves a bit at the end of a very stressed out day' there are no benefits from drinking daily and it people on this thread who do so seem to be the ones that most wish to give it up. So I suppose they would also agree that no good comes from drinking daily or excessively.



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