From the article: Why Do Alcoholics Decide to Quit Drinking?
People decide to finally quit drinking for a wide variety of reasons, usually because of some negative consequences. What brought you to the point that you decided to stop drinking alcohol or using drugs? Post Your Answer
Trying to quit ...
- I am 25 years old and as one guy up the response list wrote , I too feel my mind is so quick and cannot really interact with most people for one reason or another ... Plus, I have been having issues with my mother for two main reasons that follow : grandmother got very sick for the last 6 years and at the same time back then me and my mother realized I am gay ... So I do not know whether staying so close to family in the last 6 years has made bad to me and whether I would not have fallen to this alcohol problem living alone as it has always been my wish . Either way , i realize it does not matter to try and reason about this sad trajectory when coming to live together with family -- i will not be able to reach the ultimate answer . I decided to quit drinking but importantly i am not renouncing pleasure . I do like smoking pot , for example, and that does not make me any bad at all . But for the moment , I will avoid it for as long as necessary to cease drinking. one day at a time !
- —Guest Brazil
One day at a time
- I wouldn't consider myself a heavy drinker. But in recent months I drink every other two days. My body is suffering I can see it and feel it too. I nearly cheated on my husband because I had one too many drinks that night. I have to deal with that guilt everyday now. Whether we acknowledge it or not, drinking impairs our judgement. The most important thing is to take one day at a time and the rest will fall in place.
- —Guest Michelle
Sick of Letting Everyone Down
- I didn't start drinking--REALLY drinking--until 2009, but when I did, I went all-out. It would start as soon as the kids got on the bus, and if they were lucky, they wouldn't find me passed out when they go home from school. I lost a few good friends, and almost, my marriage. Even after being "forced" into rehab, I didn't stop b/c I didn't realize the depths of my problem. I always thought I was "in control." I lost or quit four jobs, totaled my car (by running into my own house), spent a night in jail in another state after a DUI, passed out at my children's school...the list goes on. Four times I was rushed to the hospital after collapsing--every time, my BAC was .3 to .35--near death levels. I still didn't get it, until I fell and hit my head at work recently, requiring seven stitches. And I got fired. I finally, at last, admitted I needed help. I go to AA 5 days a week, psychotherapy once a week, and I started taking antabuse--ensuring that I will feel like death if I drink.
- —Guest JB
Enough is enough
- I decided to give up drinking on 2/18/14. I had gone out the day/night before, had too much to drink and drove home. I feel so guilty after I drink bc of the juvenile decisions I make while under the influence. The guilt is actually depression and it has come to a head. My brother passed away three months ago from suicide. He was 27. He struggled with depression, anxiety and alcoholism for years. Had a solid education, great career, good friends, hobbies and a few problems which he never let the world know. Eventually he took his own life. I felt his emotional pain when I found him. For him to have taken his own life because of trivial bullshit was enough for me to realize life is too short. Every day I think about what the fuck he was thinking when he made his decision. I know alcohol influenced him along with his medications. Seriously folks, it's time to shake the booze and prescriptions. People, corporations and government are getting rich off your demise!
- —Guest Brian
That means a LOT of people are alcoholic
- I can't but think that the numbers representing alcohol abuse aren't based on US puritanism. If you go to Europe, people there are drinking more than the maximum #s for moderate drinking. Does that make so many Europeans alcoholics? There are so many other considerations to keep in mind before you assign someone with a highly stigmatized label.
- —Guest Cthebird
Tired of the illusion, I am done
- Lost my mom to liver cancer, tired of the illusion to myself and my family, heightens my aggressive side, tired of hiding drinks, tired of the guilt, tired of wasting $, I want to be honest with myself and the people I love the most. It is 4:22am, today is a new day, and today is the first day of admitting myself, God, and world, I do not drink alcohol. Thank you
- —Guest James
Not what it used to be
- So im 22 and still drink but been trying to cut back. ive been drinkin kinda heavy since i was 16 and selling bud since 16 which i recently got out the game, still love tokin up though. so it all started when i was 21, i realized i drink to self medicate my anxiety. im actually well liked and attractive but i have a very aware and active mind, i find it hard to socialize with the majority cause honestly the avg american is just straight up dumb and fake to me, so i drinking would dumb me down and ease my thoughts enough to have fun and not get annoyed while talking to american women ( i truely think our society turns good girls into dum gold diggin bimbos ). but about ayear ago i stopped having fun drunks and started having mad at the world drunks, almost like i grew a cold heart and just was depressed all the time. my brain would feel numb, i didn't care about anything but my tight circle of friends (so thankful for them, a lot of people havent been through real stuff and dont realize
- —Guest cdoggy420
- I quit...I hope I have quit? I have to have because I only have one life and I don't want to waste it being a big bladder!!! Today it's been hard cause I am bored. I realize that I need to find new ideas to fill my time and new ways to enjoy myself. I feel uncomfortable around people socially now but I'm sure that will adjust. And the clarity I have now seems to be a bit harsh in that I'm seeing clearly the results of my drinking. I'm lonely and scared to go outside feeling so clear! But I've decided to face it in all it's discomfort. I know that it is worth it. My future is worth it. God has more grace than I ever imagined. I am ready to face the truth. Someone said to me today, the bigger debt you you owe the more you love and cherish the one who let's you off. So I'm looking forward to loving my daughter and God in a big way and hopefully one day I will be safe enough to love and be loved by a partner too. I have a lot of respect for all of you who are brave enough to live clean! X
- —Guest Me
Why I decided to quit drinking
- I decided when I notice everyone around me noticed that I had a problem. Little by little I was loosing the people I love. They no longer wanted to see me live this way. So they said they could no longer speak to me. I was broken hearted but continued until I almost had no one but one person left in my life. I also suffer from ulser and paid the price when i drank. I couldnt keep a job or a relationship. So I got my bible and prayed to god and asked him for help and now here i am. Sober and Happy and have two jobs and a healthy relationship. But Drinking does cross my mind but I remember those love ones I lost. And cant loose anymore. I deserve to be happy and be love and so do my adult children
- Its time to realize once again what it was like when i was a kid.. never having had alcohol I was always having fun, playing outside with my brothers, didn't need it then. Now I have 3 children and they dont need it when they are playing and having fun, I just want to jump right in their and join them... here's to the next 25 years... I quit 2/3/2014 11:42am Wahoo!
- —Guest milze dog
- Woke up early am with a hangover! Imagine that! Left that morning to go see my son in rehab, how funny? I felt awful, looked in the mirror and looked awful. Decided that I have had enough. Last drink was last Saturday and today is Friday, 6 days. I feel more alert, my skin is not so red, no hangover and no headaches. I want my life back and my body. I am only 52 and have been drinking pretty regularly for about 6 years. Trying to take one day at a time and believe me about 4 pm everyday I get the urge and thoughts that it almost quitting time (5 pm) and time for a drink. This is the worst time. My husband has been out of town and when he is here it exacerbates my desire for the stuff. He is a drinker too, but he is not what got me started. I am just working on me for now!
- —Guest Debbie
Angry and too much indulgence
- I'm 26 and I've had a mild drinking problem since I was 22, for a year or two, I wouldn't go more than 2 nights at a time without getting drunk, I feel like recently drinking has cut into my school work and I need to get back into focus mode instead of wasting my money on something I always regret, because when I drink I can get angry for no reason, especially if I drink liquor. So far I'm 7 days in, and I'm hoping to go longer and longer. time for me to focus my life on my education and not drinking.
- —Guest Bryan
- Finally quit after 20 year's of heavy drinking. 15 beers every night for 20 years! Tried to dry up so many times. 6 months in. Withdrawal was and is bad. Never touching it again. I finally feel free.
- —Guest Rob
Health is my wealth
- And I'm poor as far as that goes. Alcohol will be my demise and thus I make the decision to eliminate it. Time to get serious with myself, and to everyone out there I urge you all to take good care of yourselves.
- —Guest Gabriel
Quit for my wife and Family
- I've never really considered myself an alcoholic, just never had a "limit" when it came to drinking. Sometimes I would be fine, other times I would just get blackout drunk and make a complete fool out of myself. My father abused alcohol and drugs when he was alive, but I have so much to lose in my life that drinking is just not worth it to me anymore. My wife has threatened to leave me because of my drinking. I have not touched a drop in about a month now and it feels great. She drinks once in awhile but feels bad about drinking in front of me. It's funny how only after a month I could care less if she does, I have no desire to drink at all. I've noticed that my social life isn't the same anymore, but I'd rather be sober and have my wife and family. You can all quit, use your loved ones as support.
- —Guest Craig
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