So, I've quit alcohol

Off-Topic | Jan 5, 2017

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    Roachie Official DOA Emberist #3

    Roachie

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    5 days in... already feeling the prangs.

    Towards the end of last year I was easily drinking 4-5 cans after work. More if I went to the pub, about 5 x that at weekend. Christmas period was like some descent into alcoholism.

    Hoping to lose weight too. Also, I must admit it's nice sleeping without waking up and not having a muggy head in the morning.

    Def have some sort of drinking problem. I wouldn't say I'm an alcoholic, but I do drink way too much. Anyone else staying away over January?
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    ChewyJetpack

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    good work mate, keep it up! easy to slip into habits. i'm not necessarily going sober for jan, but definitely aspiring to not buy any drugs. had a very heavy december and spent too much money on smelling salts. think my body, mind and bank account could use a break.
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    bozman 1/2 of Shock Division

    bozman

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    Good for you bro! If you have an urge to drink, just do a workout session, it'll take your mind off things.
    Whenever i want to change my patterns i implement this into my difficult moments:
    Do 20 fast pushups.
    Do 20 situps to the front and 20 diagonal on each side (so 60 in total).
    Do 10 4 second pushups (slowly).

    This takes your mind things and get's you more confidence at times when you feel low.
    Adjust the intensity to your own liking. I also recommend learning bluesharp on difficult moments.
    It's suprisingly easy to get into and you have a cool skill.
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  4. Venkmon GAK 4

    Venkmon

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    Good luck. I'm attempting to do a dry January - Haven't touched any alcohol since boxing day. Feel appalling tbh, but I have got that shitty cold which is going around.
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    Dry January seems like some sort of bullshit gesture to me, too easy to break as well. Aiming for 'not drinking enough to give me a hangover' January instead; this allows me to sidestep the ennui of being sat in front of the telly in a mood knowing I can't drink on a Friday night.
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  6. phreeky

    phreeky

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    ^lols

    i think drinking habits are some of the worst, easily up there with heroin and the likes (not that i'd know how it feels tho)

    just smoke some more spliffs instead, innit! :teeth:
  7. mundos In forest.

    mundos

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    Me too mate. Started about 3 years ago. Now I don't miss it at all.
  8. That is definitely part of the plan.
  9. Roachie Official DOA Emberist #3

    Roachie

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    You gave up 3 years ago? Did you find it difficult? I think the thing I'm worried about the most is socialising. All my friends are complete messers..
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    bozman 1/2 of Shock Division

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    If the friendship depends on if you drink or not you should reevaluate your friends.
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    Roachie Official DOA Emberist #3

    Roachie

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    No no, they're not like that. They just all love getting mashed up (as I do too). It's more the thought of sitting in a pub etc and not drinking. My problem, not theres.
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    mundos In forest.

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    I didn't find it difficult to be honest, because it was more a slow winding down. I'd been in a country where people don't really drink and I just carried on not drinking when I got back to the UK.

    It can make socialising annoying when everyone else is drunk, so sometimes I use kratom or phenibut which makes it a lot more tolerable and puts me in a more social mood.

    I do occasionally take drugs though.

    I find it's only really when people start getting into that very drunk slurring stage that socialising becomes too annoying.
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    Venkmon GAK 4

    Venkmon

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    I've heard those two drugs being talked about recently (kratom and phenibut) - what are the effects you get from them? Where do you buy them? (Uk)
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    mundos In forest.

    mundos

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    Kratom was banned earlier this yeah but I bought a sack full before hand. Phenibut still legal. Kratom mild, sociable opiod-like, phenibut - like a mild mdma, hits the seraronin receptors. You can easily build tolerance and mess up with too much of either so I won't do them more than once or twice a month at absolute most.
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  15. bozman 1/2 of Shock Division

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    Ketamine micro-dosing has possitive effects for rehab as well.
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    Sokora Oh hai.

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    I did dry January last year and made it up to the 26th, could have lasted a bit longer maybe but it was my birthday and thought fuck it - it's only another 5 days. I'll be honest though, I found it boring not being able to go to the pub or catch up with mates for a swift jar but after the NYE I had last year I needed to have a decent break.

    Keep at it though, you'll feel proper bo by the end of the month and ready to go on a three day bender afterwards. :badteeth:
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    luthatron \o/

    luthatron

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    Well done. I'm drinking a bit less. It's a stupid habit really.
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    phreeky

    phreeky

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    i like the sound of this.
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    Claude601

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    I've moved on to kratom and muscle relaxers with weed. I get even less done though
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    ewan_kerr

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    good luck roachie, you should speak to an addiction specialist though, it might help
  22. Roachie Official DOA Emberist #3

    Roachie

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    Great stuff. The post from @Sordid Double Life blew my mind.
    Cheers man. I'm gonna see how I get on by myself first. Might be an idea if it goes to shit init :)
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    ewan_kerr

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    good luck man
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    Meckler

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    I'm on it too this month Roachie, good luck man!
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    noah k

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    I quit drinking a lil over 2 years ago, and you start to feel a whole lot better after a week or 2. If you don't already exercise regularly, you should start, it really helps to clear you mind of stuff. Also you'll probably start eating a lot more sweets, so just try to keep that in check. And another added bonus is you'll have a lot more $ and a lot more free time now that you're not drinking.
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    mmmkay

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    On the same gig and to be honest I'm enjoying it. Admittedly only five days in but sleeping better, loads more energy in the day and like Noah says above, I can already see the difference not buying a couple of pints and then a bottle of two of wine every day or two in my wallet.
    Good luck!
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    Seriously, you should ditch any friends or family that aren't on board. I've stopped talking with my older brother because of me quitting alcohol and he can't except it that I've stopped.
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    UserName £2 GHETTO FOOD

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    hit some really low points with it this year.. i'm having problems giving up though as i'm trying to do tobacco and weed also. i'm not sure what the best thing to do is.. i think alcohol needs to be no.1 on the list tbh. maybe i should focus on giving that up first and only once i've done that for a while try the others.
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    Alert1 Oblivion Fringe

    Alert1

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    been doing

    one month limited alcohol / one month sober since 2015

    #clarity
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    random danish person fka wood

    random danish person

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    Big up Sordid in that other thread, it's just nice to see someone share something on that level here.

    Also want to say that it's beneficial for some to consider it a disease and beneficial to others to realize it could just be a part of the personal characteristics/ individual setup, they lack. Like how a lot of depressed people will have to consider depression a sort of external factor and others have to realize it's things they actually do that continuously lead to depression within themselves.
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