posted on May, 30 2013 @ 07:00 AM
Originally posted by llmacgregor
Hey guys, this isn't something I am particularly proud of, so hold back your insults and unconstructive criticisim please.
I believe I have become an alcoholic. It has effected my job, love life, social life, health, and mental health, among other things.
I have an alcoholism history in my family and I'm afraid I have inherited it..... unfortunately. in the past year it has gotten worse than ever, my
cravings are getting stronger, and the amount I drink is increasing. I will go a week or so without drinking, but then I find a trigger and I binge
for four or five days drinking no less than a 12 pack every day. then I catch myself and quit for another week or so, in that time I commonly attend
AA meetings. but I always seem to find myself drinking again after being triggered by almost anything really, mostly stress I have to say. it has
become an addiction I am sorry to say. I thought I was stronger than this but I guess I'm not.
So I have come here to ask any of you how you cope with this, because I know I'm not alone. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I have the
desire to quit, but I didn't think it would be this difficult.
I've scanned the whole thread in order try not to repeat a bunch of what's been said already.
First, give yourself some credit. You know you have a problem. The fact that you aren't in denial shows you can still make some changes.
Back when I played clubs on the weekend, the owners always gave the band free drinks because it helps sales when you mingle with the crowd at break.
There came a point where I realized that I had become an alcohol abuser. If you can go from 12 a day to 0 without getting physically sick, you are
still in the abuse stage. Now is the time to start working on the problem before it gets worse.
Do you just drink beer? A friend of mine had court ordered rehab and one of the "counselors" there claimed that nobody
actually likes the
taste of beer. That's why they chug the first one after work, to get past the taste. To that I say, "Total BS!". I've always enjoyed a cold
The majority of the low/no alcohol beers are crap, but you might want to see if they have O'Doul's Amber in your area. I can't stand the original
O'Doul's but the Amber actually has the hops taste of a fine light beer. One strategy that might help would be a six pack of each one night. Try
alternating (or pouring one of each in a cold stein).
Another strategy is the stressors you mention. It might take a while to start working for you, but try reminding yourself that any time you catch
yourself thinking "I need a beer", that's almost always the time when a beer is the last
thing you need.
Natural supplements are fine by me, but I would make prescriptions for anything my very last resort.
It takes about 30 days for the body to stabilize. If you can make it past that, the physical side of the equation can be put on the back burner while
you work on whatever other issues there are that might be adding to the problem.
As a former abuser who can now keep beer in the fridge without burning through it in one night, I am cheering you on. Good Luck. I hope things are
better for you soon.