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A DUI Helped Me Quit Drinking

Share Your Story: How I Quit Drinking

By Richard W.

Updated February 01, 2010

Why did you decide to quit?

The local sheriff's office helped out a lot by busting me for extreme DUI on Veteran's Day, Nov 11, 2008.

I have not had a drink since and will not drink again. If I do, I will die.

This is not some AA jargon or some brain changing info from group sessions. I am allergic to alcohol yet, proverbially, love this sinister lady. She is a devil and had managed to seduce me since I was in my early teens. I am 67 years young now.

Before the extreme DUI bust, I spend approximately 50% of my monthly social security check on alcohol: $100 worth of groceries, and $100 worth of booze.

I have been dry since Veteran' Day, 2008.

How did you get sober?

AA helped immensely as did the court which sentenced me to 16 hours of alcohol education and some 20 hours of group sessions. One more 2-hour group session and the court mandated stuff is over. All except for the $1,200 left to pay on the fine.


  • See above. Read the AA literature, go to AA meetings, and follow the 12 steps. This is a lifetime proposition.

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