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Ashley-Health Educator Jun 15, 2018 (02:35 PM)  

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Hi Flowergail,


Thank you for writing out all your thoughts. It sounds like you use alcohol to cope with stress but it seems that it actually increases your stress in the long run. What do you think are other ways of coping with stress? What has worked for you in the past or what do you think you might want to try now? Finding alternative ways to cope with stress sounds like a big part of your quit or moderation plan. What do you think?


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flowergail Jun 10, 2018 (01:55 PM)  

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Hi Ashley,
Thanks for responding. The first thing I know about myself is that I have a fairly addictive personality. Typically what makes me able to NOT drink for an evening or two is basically getting SO fed up with myself, feeling horrible for the "nth day in a row. And....feeling like I'm gaining weight is a big kicker. I'm 62 years old, struggled through an INTENSE eating disorder through my 20s-30s. All those thoughts are still there regarding my body, but somehow I've been able to not give in to the behaviors any more. That took a LONG time. 

I raised 5 kids, then got divorced and remarried, and added a step son. They are all 6 grown now, some with kids (my 6 grandkids), some no children yet. I tell people often that I never would have guessed being a parent to adult children would be MORE stressful than having 5 small children at my feet all those years. When they are going through some kind of pain, I go through it myself.  And it's not that they have any huge issues. All are really doing well in their lives. It's just the normal family stuff that pops up here and there; infertility struggles, relationship struggles, difficult health issues with one of my grandchildren, just the normal things of life. 

All that to say, I think the drinking is how I deal with all the STRESS. My husband and I both have successful small businesses, and work very hard. I have an aging widowed mother that lives half time with me, half with my sister. It's like that ALL swirls around in my head constantly, on top of what I know is an irrational fear of gaining weight. And at night, it's a relief to just turn off my brain for a while. And once that little buzz starts, I want to feed it.
 
I could make a pros and cons list regarding drinking. The PRO side to NOT drinking is MUCH longer than the pro side to drinking. Yet, at that moment in the day, when it's time to turn off, somehow all those pros have less effect on my decision. So, I kind of live in this vicious cycle. Drink and relax, stop thinking at night. Feel bad, angry at myself, in the mornings, excited about NOT doing it anymore to feel so much better. Evening comes, and it's all out the window.
 
Sorry, so long. But there you have it...
Thanks again.

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Hi Flowergail,


This is so very common for many people. Many people associate alcohol with the end of the work day and "good times". It sounds like you feel your alcohol use isn't totally out of your control but it does impact how you feel day to day and there may be some long term health concerns. The fact that some days you can control it is interesting. On the days you drink less or avoid drinking; how are you able to do it then? What makes you successful during those times?


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Welcome to the forums flowergail. We in AA call it obsession of the mind. And losing control after we take that first drink-craving (that is physical). So obsession and Craving. I can totally relate to all you said. I switched from hard liquor to beer back in 1990s and after marriage was forced to Friday only beer. I would obsess for booze and wait for Friday evening. But later my daughter came along and my wifes attention shifted to the baby, I was again off to the races. Friday became +Saturday and the + Sunday and slowly slowly started drinking during the week days. Always restless irritable and discontented when not drinking. Later on coming into rooms of AA and reading the book alcoholics anonymous I came to the conclusion I was medicating my spiritual malady using booze. But because i am bodily impacted I cannot control the amount of alcohol I take once I consume a little. Moderation is out of the equation. Then I had to take the mind. The mind place a major role in the problem drinker. It always comes up with a reason to drink. Its the peculiar twist we go through each time we stop and restart. This is how I am going to handle it. Drink only low carb Micalob lite beer. Crap, then go back to the store to get some hinekens.. This experiment went on. I dont do that anymore. It all starts with a deep realization our mind is warped and the body cant handle booze no more and start changing the way of life. Thats where the program of AA came to my rescue. Because of that I have gone past 53. All my cousins and brother who drank all are no more. Hope you find some motivation and initiate your recovery. Good luck.

flowergail Jun 02, 2018 (10:06 AM)  

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Hello,
I'm new here and have browsed through others' posts to see if anyone struggles like I do. I have problems with alcohol, but ONLY in the evenings when I just want to basically stop thinking I guess. I don't have issues with DUIs, losing a job, anything drastic at all. I can say no to it all day long. But the minute the day is over and it's time to wind down, I crave it like crazy. I don't drink enough to pass out, black out or anything like that, but it is enough that I definitely feel  horrible physically the next morning, don't really sleep soundly, etc. I know FOR SURE that I drink TOO much. I can't just drink one drink. Once that "buzz" starts, I want it to continue. When I'm able NOT to drink at night, I get a restful night's sleep, my brain is engaged first thing in the morning, and I feel great. Yet, that doesn't seem to be enough motivation to stop me at 5:00 in the evening. Then I'm caught in this awful cycle of hating myself in the mornings.  Anyone else dealing with this?

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