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- August 4, 2012 at 11:20 am#27658AnonymousInactive
I am curious how many have tried to drink in moderation or only on occasion. How mamy times did you try it before you were finally convinced you could not do it and had to totally abstain for life? One time? Two?
I have not tried it, because I am afraid to. But I must admit the tempation to see if I can return to “normal” drinking… simply because prior to 10 years ago I did drink “normally” So I was just curious.August 4, 2012 at 11:24 am#106326AnonymousInactive
I know I cannot do it – I know in my gut.August 4, 2012 at 11:33 am#106315AnonymousInactive
I have tried moderation, with no success, many times.
I really can’t remember myself drinking normally, though, not sure if I ever did drink normally.
MongoAugust 4, 2012 at 11:34 am#106325AnonymousInactive
I just think, why??????? why gamble it??????????? why??????????????
I tried to moderate before I quit, I tried and tried and tried. I am a better person without alcohol, I enjoy life more without alcohol, I function better without alcohol.
I will not risk it, my life is so much better now and it keeps getting better. It still has its ups and downs but even these are getting easier and better to handle. NO alcohol is not something that I think I can moderate with.
OK my brother has gone back to drinking after a few years without drinking at all. I don’t have enough to do with him to know if the drinking is a problem for him, but he does seem to have his life together. I don’t worry about him.
BUT I WILL NOT gamble my own happiness and risk going back to a life that revolves around alcohol for the sake of trying one or two drinks. I have worked out how to NOT drink when I am out with people, I am pretty comfortable NOT drinking when out and I am less emotional about the whole issue.
I also think that once a chemical pathway has been established in our bodies our bodies remember that pathway and will easily revert to it. Once over the edge, always over the edge … at least that is what I think.
Tricky brain, tricky body, tricky thoughts. Take care.
peace and love,
Brigid 🙂August 4, 2012 at 12:14 pm#106338AnonymousInactive
I’ve tried 4-5 times with no success. I would tell myself I’d only have one and of course 1 turned into 2…4…6….August 4, 2012 at 12:51 pm#106341AnonymousInactive
It’s weird but I can drink in moderation. For some unusually reason I usually can’t stand the taste of alcohol (except for G&T’s.
When I go out with my hubby I CAN have one or two and stop. I have no clue why this is..During my worst alcoholic days I drank until blackout 24/7..
My problem now is the pain pills…
aka-Lizrox :flow:August 4, 2012 at 2:37 pm#106317AnonymousInactive
I can’t even count the number of times I attempted moderation. I also tried the, “I just won’t drink beer anymore….only hard liquor….” thing too. Obviously, neither worked.
It’s almost a compulsion to attempt moderated drinking. My light bulb came on and I finally realized I can not do it. Now, after 244 days sober…….it is not even worth trying. I’ve already proved to myself tons of times I can’t do it.
Beating a dead horse or denial?
dollAugust 4, 2012 at 3:09 pm#106322AnonymousInactive
I tried and succeeded. 🙂
MarteAugust 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm#106328AnonymousInactive
Never tried it & don’t care to. I never related with the mental & physical craving followed by the first drink with alchohol, but I certainly did with drugs. I DO follow through with the theory of that curious mental phenomenon that parallels my sound reasoning that there inevitably runs some trivial reason for taking the first drink.
That’s all it is for me today, some trivial reason. Why WOULD I drink? I can’t think of anything good coming from taking a few drinks so why bother..August 4, 2012 at 3:53 pm#106323AnonymousInactive
Everytime I drank.
Peace & Love,
SugahAugust 4, 2012 at 4:06 pm#106331AnonymousInactive
It is a funny thing with alcohol, some are able to get to the point of moderation, others never will. For me, I just choose not to indulge so that I don’t have to face the possibility of having to go through the crap all over again.
Peace, LeviAugust 4, 2012 at 4:19 pm#106334AnonymousInactive
I tried many times, and while I could do it for a few days, I always went back to my old ways. I learned my lesson and finally gave it up over 7 months ago….I will never go back! Every now and then a drink sounds good, but thankfully I’ve gotten smarter than that and not done it! I can’t!August 4, 2012 at 4:36 pm#106337AnonymousInactive
I tried to drink in moderation many times. I would make rules…no vodka at the house…but there was always an excuse for it to come right back in. Excuses, excuses, excuses. Or when I went out, I would say I would only have one martini. Three later, I wonder what the problem was. Or I would try to only drink on the weekends, (but then there were the exceptions. I would have a day off in the middle of the week, or someone was sad, or someone was happy, or I was sad or I was happy, or one of my friends was in town. Never worked for me.August 4, 2012 at 4:41 pm#106343AnonymousInactive
I tried twice while I was still drinking. The second time, I would allow myself 1-2 beers a day. Only drink on a full stomach. Sip the beer, not chug it. It would take me 3 hours to drink a beer. But of course the obsession was still there, and it was no time before I was back to 12 ice beers a day. I think total abstinence is easier.August 4, 2012 at 4:51 pm#106333AnonymousInactive
I don’t think I can. I tried when I first tried to stop drinking regularly.
Like Kali Ma says… drink when you’re happy, drink when you’re sad etc. Also if I buy beer not the hard stuff. Put a little bit of rum in a diet coke. Have only ‘one’ more.
So now even though it’s tempting I know I can’t because I don’t want to go back to where I was.
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