Problems with alcohol?
I quit smoking--twice--and that was easier than quitting drinking.
I'm not much of a drinker. I'll drink once in a while with my friends, brother and or father, but that's once in a good while. I never want to smoke because my parents were constant smokers and I hated it. They finally quit and I'm so proud of them. Now I just want my mother to get out of the house more.
But I'm a social drinker if anything. I haven't drank anything since I got put on the meds for my SA. I can't stand alcohol in general, just beer, Bud light or Budweiser is all I'll drink.
I think with drinking, there seems to be many factors to it where people stick with it. I think people who suffer from SA like us, drink more because it makes us feel normal, I know that's the case for me, because I'm the life of the party when I'm buzzing or drunk.
I wouldn't know which is harder though. I know my mother got really mad if she didn't have a cigarette, but after a few weeks she seemed to do better.
Yes. I'm trying to cut back. And for the most part I have. I am down to 1-3 a night but some nights i go a bit over board. It really messes with your mood the next day. Yesterday night, I drank a little too much (six drinks on an empty stomach) and now today my anxiety and insecurities are very strong, despite the fact that yesterday was a really good day for me.
How much do you drink?
Last edited by thefalseprophet; 09-14-2012 at 07:11 PM.
I drink on and off, but I don't think I have a problem with alcohol. Sometimes I'll drink almost every night, or most of the days of the week, other times I won't drink for weeks, a few times in my life I didn't drink for months.
It all depends whats going on in my life. If I'm stressed or upset about something, I will usually drink. Sometimes I'll drink just out of plain boredom or possibly loneliness. Lately I've been drinking a fair amount, like 3-4 days per week. Its mostly due to a job I started a couple months ago. Almost every day I got home from work I drank, except maybe 2 or 3 times.
There is this one particular 40% hard liquer I usually buy, and I drink it straight from the bottle. I will usually drink on average probably about 5 or 6 shots worth, sometimes more.
I've never really tried to cut back, because in my mind I've never had a problem with it. If anything it relieves stress and generally puts me in a more carefree mood, which I think is good.
But if I did want to cut back, probably what would work best is to simply not buy it. If you don't have it you can't drink it. I think its easier to not buy it than it is to not drink it when you have it.
I get drunk 3-4 nights a week in local pubs. Have done for the last 20 years. My whole social life revolves around it. As I work from home, I think If I had to give up drinking the way I do theres a decent chance Id just become much more reclusive. Cant remember feeling much satisfaction from any relationships with people while sober. Just seems like hard work to me.
This might sound crazy but it might be crazy enough to work. What if every time he's drinking you go up to him, give him a big hug, and say "i love you."? Of course, that's if you live with him, which I'm not sure you do... The idea behind this is that it'll make him feel guilty but at the same time it'll show that you care about him. :)
Originally Posted by maryN
Last edited by thefalseprophet; 10-08-2012 at 03:36 PM.
Alcoholism is a disease, just like SA. I should know. Your father needs treatment of some kind, but most of all he needs your understanding. There's probably some stressor in his life that sent him back into the bottle. I quit once, then a major problem came up, and I went back to drinking. If the problem goes away, maybe the drinking will go away.
Originally Posted by maryN
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