- I am very happy to read that your bar visit was a sober one. For me I felt the same way. I was bored and was wanting to be somewhere else having some real fun. I love my friends just not drinking with them in a bar. I am not one to preach about quitting around my friends, they have seen how happy my life without drinking is and some are now questioning there own drinking. Not for me to judge! I think my bar scene days are over. I have to quit romaticizing my drinking. It was fun while it lasted but time to move on. There is nothing romantic about being a sloppy person acting like an ass and bring much pain to others and myself. Nothing romantic about being a looser and whining about it. You now have become a healthy, happy person you can romanticize on that! A big hug to you! Keep on working it and keep posting, Share your joys with us.
- I would like to thank you, for supporting everyone on this site, you advice are full of hope, it is a great pleasure to read you daily. I did pass the test! Was it tough? VERY! I spent the all evening thinking of the possible nasty morning after, I didn't make my mind free, I was not myself. When everyone gets drunk, what to do? I got bored,uncomfortable feelings,I couldn't wait to leave, and be back to my healthy mind. But I went through, I face the devil, I won. I went home free, not foolish, and this morning, not sick, not miserable, no shame, no black out.I used to get terribly anxious about things I did, and said. Spring is on its way, I need light,nature, my day at a time,my life, my AA that has become my daily food. I really want to turn the page,close the book, and start a new one.This morning, I enjoyed my coffee,my 40 days sober, 40 days, Awesome! the miracle goes on .I don't forget anyone, so many names to mention.lol. I have made it this far, thanks to you ALL. Yes we can
- —Guest Yvan
- Why stop for good? Because drinking is really unhealthy. It's empty calories, tons of sugar and fries your liver. It disturbs your sleep and it causes you to suffer memory loss and anxiety. You've already experienced a different mindset sober. Why not stick to it? Many of us on this board were miserable, depressed and/or anxiety-ridden before we started drinking. These symptoms are what started a lot of us drinking in the first place. It's time to find out why you are miserable. But you will not be able to figure it out if you abuse alcohol. You say the reason you are abstaining is because you had a bad weekend with drinking. Just think- if you give up drinking for good you will never have to type those words again. Sure, you may still have bad days but it is very liberating to face our issues knowing that they weren't caused by drinking in excess. The sleep will come eventually. Waking without regret is an awesome feeling. Hope you stick around. Peace.
- —Guest Better_Now
- Hi Nick. Definitely sounds like withdrawal as I experienced it the first time. My husband and I decided to go on a diet and cut out alcohol completely. I was a regular nightly drinker and really didn't think I would have any issues giving it up other than psychological. My symptoms were anxiety, hot and cold flashes, night sweats and insomnia. My husband didn't experience anything even though he drank as much as I did. Unfortunately, I didn't stay a non drinker after that first attempt. I went through withdrawal few more times after that and everytime I stopped drinking the withdrawal was worse than the time before. I never want to experience alcohol withdrawal ever again. I've never had a seizure or the DTs from withdrawal but I know that if I go back to drinking the withdrawal will be life threatening and it just isn't worth it. If you want help staying sober stick around and read. We support eachother on this board and it has been key to my staying sober. Peace.
- —Guest Better_Now
- Hi Nick and welcome. I would say you are certainly having alochol withdrawals, you have the classic symptoms. Does your doc know about the drinking. Insomnia and really bad nightmares are a part of it so is depression/anxiety and flu like symptoms. make a plan of action to quit Nick, if you are a night time only drinker get distraction techniques in place, go to the gym, take a bath do work in the house anything. You will sweat, itch, not sleep and feel rough for at least 4 days but during that time don't drink. It is hard but worth it, by then the alcohol will have left your body and it will be the mental addiction you will be fighting. Look at the sites Liftmeup has said to read and download Addictions and Recovery.org, you will recognise all it says. Good luck Nick and keep posting, this site has helped literally hundreds get and stay sober, I have 14 months dry. Believe me, it's so worth it, you will feel so much better soon.
- —Guest Mary
- Hi guys, back home. It was lovely to feel a little sun for a change. The holiday was all inclusive but it didn't bother me at all, some were having champagne cocktails at breakfast. The worst thing was losing my e-cig re-charger on the first day so soon into quitting and not able to get another one, that was really hard but I lasted so it's 7 weeks today, YAY!! Great to see so many positive posts.
- —Guest Mary
- Come on, Chicago, stay with us. Withdrawals are hard but the rewards are so worth it. It wasn’t until I was several weeks sober that I realized that the depression and unhappiness that I struggled with for so very long were actually alcohol induced. As far as you thinking your life was miserable prior to drinking, everyone goes through ups and downs in life and you can’t expect sobriety to be all rainbows and sunshine. Give yourself a couple of weeks to recover and if you are still struggling with depression, you should talk to your doctor. Many people are prescribed antidepressants to help them through dark periods and this may be another tool to help you through recovery. Are you taking vitamins, specifically a good B complex and magnesium? Alcohol does deplete the body of essential vitamins so maybe supplements, focusing on good nutrition and rehydrating your body will help with your physical and mental recovery. I know you can do this Chicago, believe in yourself!
- What you have described are classic symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. The symptoms will subside in a week or two. As difficult as it may seem now, stay with it and you will soon be through it and will begin to see and feel the benefits of sobriety. Stay hydrated, supplementing with Gatorade or sports drinks to replace electrolytes, eat frequent small meals that are easy on digestion, broths are good, and discuss supplementing with magnesium and B vitamins with your doctor as alcohol depletes the body of many essential vitamins. Keep your mind occupied by reading through these posts, as you will be able to identify with many who have experienced similar symptoms and have provided insight to minimize their effects. Within a few weeks, my chronic insomnia vanished, digestive issued improved, night sweats and chills gone and mental clarity improved. I did have lingering fatigue for six weeks, but at 65 days today, that too has improved and I feel liberated from the chains of alcohol.
- Welcome to the club. All your symptoms are classic, standard, normal, common and horribly familiar to all of us here. There are some other ones as well... worse ones. The blessing they bring with them though - is the memory of them has helped many of us quit. Right now a useful thing to do is immediately start a detailed journal. The powerful memory of these symptoms can become a tool in your journey beyond booze. Don't let this opportunity pass you by. Read older posts, and keep us posted. We are here to help each other. Come back soon !
- —Guest Almost_Icarus
- I am not quite sure what you are asking or saying. I am not going to tell you to quit drinking or keep on drinking. The fact that you are here learning about alcohol means you have a concern. We drink or drank because we liked the effect. When the effect now takes twice as much to feel the effect the addiction has begun. Your choice is whether your an alcoholic or if your on the way to become one. Either way you will have to make a choice, to live or to die. Questioning us about your drinking and your happyness is something I can't answer for you. I can only tell you that not drinking for me has been a good choice. I now live through out my days not even thinking about drinking. My time is spent figuring out why I drank and was so miserable and continued to do so. That is what keeps me sober. Happyness does not come from a bottle it comes from within. If your not happy look to why and work on that. Wishing you the best in your choice. Take care.
- Yup your having withdrawls. It is normal to be depressed, very depressed through withdrawls. Many have written all the same things happening to you. You can't really judge how bad it will be or how long the withdrawls will last. It is different for everyone. The thing to look at about your drinking is have you ever gone a month without drinking? Are things around you falling apart. Are you sick all the time. Alcohol is very hard on our bodys it slowly kills us in time. When you talk to your doctor make sure he is aware of how much you drink and for how long you have been drinking. Most doctors know about the withdrawals if yours doesn't I would see another doctor. I too felt like it was the flu and was so sick. Sleep did not come for a couple of months. Read these threads, keep drinking fluids, take B12 and try to go for a walk to help with the anxiety. You can do this if not get help. Keep posting!
To Guest Nick
- I am 3 months 16 days sober and I went through exactly what you are describing. I too only drank 3-4 beers night. But mine was every night for 5 years. It turns out my drinking controlled my blood sugar and blood pressure levels. I also found out I was anemic. My 3-4 beers gave me high blood pressure..and my poor nutrition due to drinking my dinners instead of eating food made my blood sugar all out of wack. It took 3 weeks for my body to adjust to temperature but 3 months later I am no longer anemic I sleep well and my blood pressure and blood sugar are normal. It could be withdrawal and something else like mine was.
- —Guest beccablue
- Had a really bad weekend with alcohol, so I decided to try abstaining from it again. Still no severe symptoms, I'm just really bored and the cravings are there. I'm keeping myself with things: writing short stories/reading, but when my eyes get tired, my body doesn't and I'm restless. I slept last night for the first time since Monday, a full 3 hours! I've always been an insomniac, but we know that it gets worse the longer you drink. I can already tell the difference in the mindset between drunk me, and sober me but each day that passes I look back to my life before I started drinking: I was still miserable. So, why should I stop for good? I remember 4 years ago before I moved here, I was hating my life as much as I do now, so maybe alcohol hasn't made anything worse... I just don't know.
- —Guest Chicago
Am I in withdrawal
- Hi I want to list symptoms and see if others had these as my doc is confused... I have been a medium to high drinker minimum 3 drinks per night up to 3 bottles wine per night every night (mainly) for some time. I have cut down and stopped and have had crook guts, nausea, soooo tired and weak . Feel sleepy and just exhausted . Just feel terrible. A bit anxious. A bit hot and cold and almost feel a bit flu like. My sleep is terrible dreams are bizarre and scary. Can't get to sleep or stay asleep . Also very achy. Feel kind of depressed like the doc can't figure out what is wrong with me . I sincerely ask do these sound like alcohol withdrawal . I'm writing this at 3.00 am waking from bad dream! My wife reckons it couldn't be as sometimes I only have a few drinks per night but I would honesty say for the most part I have had at least 4 nights in a week drunk even if one or two dry . Tnx
- —Guest Nick
- Congrats on your 30 days. I think that was the most important day ever in my sobriety! Hang on for the ride you have only just begun! Keep us posted!