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    Hi all,

    Let me start by saying that I was the 2-to-4-drinks-a-day drinker. I was very careful to never get drunk and I never really experienced any hangovers. But I drank every single day. I decided to quit, despite my excellent blood work and otherwise good health, because I realized that the effects of drinking several drinks every single day of my life would eventually catch up to me. I also started growing tired of the ritual that goes along with drinking every day.

    I didn’t expect to see any huge obvious benefits when I stopped since I didn’t really believe I was impacting my health in any blatant or over-the-top manner. That’s also part of what made it so hard for me to stop drinking. I didn’t expect any immediate or obvious benefits and I was about to give up something that I really enjoyed and believed I had under control.

    I’m glad to say that I was wrong. Of course, the first few days were tough. But right away, I noticed my appetite increased and though I started to eat more, my weight started to drop. I’m on day 18 and I’ve lost about 4 pounds – and I really don’t have any weight to lose. I used to wake up with morning depression when I was drinking. It would last about 10 to 15 minutes and then disappear. I chocked this up to some sort of temporary chemical imbalance that hit me in the mornings. That is completely gone now. I used to wake up in the middle of the night and have trouble falling back to sleep. Also, it was a bit of a struggle to get out of bed in the morning. Now, I sleep through the night and, once I open my eyes in the morning, I have no problem getting out of bed. I am way more productive now since I don’t check out at 6:00 p.m. to go on my daily “liquid vacation”. Throughout the day, I also experience intermittent euphoria. I suspect this will subside as sobriety becomes my new normal. Finally, I feel this great sense of accomplishment having made it to this point. Giving up all of this to go back to drinking makes the choice seem relatively easy. Of course, I do get hit with urges now and then but I have plenty of leverage, which helps me get back on track.

    What about you? What have you experienced? I’d be interested to hear.

    Thanks for listening.

  • #16503

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    Thanks for your post. I was more of a 3-5 wines a night with nights of more when out. I am only on Day 2 but literally danced and sang with joy this morning getting up after sleeping through the night and waking hangover free. I too have not had problems with the law or serious health issues (at least not yet documented) But I have had regular hangovers and alcohol is sapping the energy and joy from my life.
    Last night at wine time I went to a water aerobics class so that helped avoid the urges. I expect I will have some urges over the next week or so but am prepared to ride them out. I was sober for 11 years and had many fun times that were alcohol free so I know it is possible to enjoy life without alcohol. I am traveling at the end o the week for a week visiting family and friends in NY so I am a bit fearful of the temptations being out a lot in restaurants with others drinking but I am 100% committed to my vision of a healthy happy productive life being sober.

  • #16508

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    Hello mk25more,

    I’m sure you’ll do fine in NY. I have found that sparkling water works very well for me at times that I would otherwise be drinking. Hopefully, you have a similar substitute. Good luck!

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