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|01-18-2013, 11:57 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: May 2012
Do you hate alcohol?
I was just thinking about this and would like to get other people's perspective. Personally, I don't hate alcohol. It is a symptom of what needs to be fixed in me. If it wasn't alcohol, it would have been some other form of "self medication" (i.e., addiction).
|01-18-2013, 12:01 PM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: South East UK
I love alcohol and drugs. They just don't love me. And I'm ok with that.
Tiny little boxes in a row. Ain't what you want it's what you know. Just happy in the shoes you're wearin.
|01-18-2013, 12:01 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Keeping it simple!
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Surrey, BC
No I don't, in fact if you want my honest thought about it, I love it. Which scares me.
Sobriety Date: July 21, 2012
"God has a plan for you...and what it is is none of your business." (A Buddhist Monk)
“You can make mistakes, but you are not a failure until you blame others for those mistakes.” -John Wooden
|01-18-2013, 12:05 PM||#5 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Ontario, Canada
I love beer, but I no longer drink alcohol.
Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
|01-18-2013, 12:14 PM||#6 (permalink)|
Life the gift of recovery!
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Home is where the heart is
I have a similar perspective.
Would I think bees were evil or hate bees if I were allergic to them?
Would I think peanuts were evil or hate them if I had a peanut allergy?
Would I hate Springtime and the flowers just because I had hay fever?
No, I would not.
The same goes for how I view alcohol. When alcohol enters my body I have a negative reaction similar to an allergy. Alcohol in and of itself is not to blame. It is just one of those things in life that I should avoid if I want to prevent negative outcomes for myself.
There are people who are able to drink. I have friends who drink "normally." These are people who can walk away from the table and leave a half consumed glass of wine sitting there. My brain never could allow that in fact my brain told me that wasting alcohol was "alcohol abuse." Just because I have a negative reaction to something that should not mean that others should not be able to enjoy it or that it is evil in and of itself
NOTE: All BB quotes are from the 1st Edition of the Big Book
Depression is not a sign of weakness. It is a sign of being too strong for too long.
|01-18-2013, 12:21 PM||#7 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2012
I don't hate alcohol...... I hate who I became when I was drinking alcohol.
I don't drink alcohol any longer.
|01-18-2013, 12:24 PM||#8 (permalink)|
Join Date: Sep 2008
I LOVE BEER!!!!.... I just wish I could drink beer like a person without a drinking problem. If I could maybe then I wouldnt love it... dont know never had that option.
But since I cant drink beer without having issues I wont drink beer today.
Sober since 11/1/13
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|01-18-2013, 12:30 PM||#9 (permalink)|
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Wisconsin, USA
Haven't been there for 12 days now or had a beer at home either, and I am surviving.
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|01-18-2013, 12:35 PM||#10 (permalink)|
Join Date: Oct 2011
For an alcoholic I have always been fairly anti alcohol. It turns people into morons.
I did like drinking an awful lot though. I hated it when I quit, now I am indifferent. Not hanging around drinkers helps.
'The less I needed, the better I felt' - Charles Bukowski
|01-18-2013, 12:36 PM||#11 (permalink)|
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: San Diego, CA
I actually do kind of hate alcohol now. Moreso the cultural attitudes toward it. Sure, a glass of wine might be good for your health, but it's still a poison.
And you can get the same benefit from grape juice. No joke.
It's the oldest drug around, and that will never change. And that's fine. I don't mind that people enjoy tasting wines or brewing beers, provided they're responsible. A lot of culture is centered around alcohol, and it gives flavor to so many countries.
What I hate, is how, at least here in America, it's advertised EVERYWHERE. On billboards even. I wouldn't want my child seeing a billboard saying "Be who you are -- drink xyz brand rum" while seeing an objectified woman wearing little clothes on drinking a glass of said rum. Why is alcohol necessary to "be who you are"? Aren't we perfectly fine with who we are without alcohol? Yes. Why does a woman have to drink rum to be sexy?
Furthermore, these billboards are wayyy more prevalent in poor neighborhoods/ghettos, as are liquor stores. "Poor? Minority? Keep yourself down. Alcohol will make you happy and successful, not outreach programs..."
And domestic violence, rape, and child abuse ABOUND.....
I just want a culture that doesn't equate being a fun, interesting, sexy, or complete person with the need to drink or drug.
|01-18-2013, 12:40 PM||#13 (permalink)|
Clear Eyes Full Heart
Join Date: Oct 2012
I have a love/hate thing going with it.
When it was good, it was great. When it was bad it was horrid.
Hate what I turned into on alcohol. Hate that it steals and ruins lives. Loved the silliness it brought.
It's like thinking about an old friend I can no longer see because they're too far away when I remember the good times. It's like thinking about an ex that was terrible for me when I remember the bad times-I don't even want to go there!
“When you quit drinking you stop waiting.”
― Caroline Knapp, Drinking: A Love Story
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|01-18-2013, 12:46 PM||#14 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jul 2011
No. I dont hate alcohol. But I dont miss alcohol either.
Its a silly saying but...
I dont have a drinking problem I have a thinking problem.
The idea that somehow, someday he will control and enjoy his drinking is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker. The persistence of this illusion is astonishing. Many pursue it into the gates of insanity or death.
All Big Book quotes are from the first edition
|01-18-2013, 12:55 PM||#15 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: highland beach, florida
I loved,love, and still LOVE alcohol--even though I have been sober along time.
I loved EVERYTHING about it, that is why I was an alcoholic, and to this day still have to "Watch Out".
Maybe when I am on my deathbed,I will have one last fling!
|01-18-2013, 01:06 PM||#16 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Bklyn. NY
Ya know, I never really thought about it before... and thinking about it now, I realize I have no feelings towards it whatsoever. I don't like it, love it, dislike it, hate it or nuthin. I used to love getting drunk, but I don't even have any desire to do that anymore. So, I guess the simpler answer to your question would be...
|01-18-2013, 01:48 PM||#17 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Somewhere in the sands of time
Blog Entries: 11
Nope, I don't hate it...I hate that I let myself abuse it and used it as a way to try and escape, and did some damage along the way.
"First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you."
"It takes only one drink to get me drunk. The trouble is, I can't remember if it's the thirteenth or the fourteenth".
"Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness."
|01-18-2013, 05:18 PM||#18 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Sober State
I do hate alcohol. It is poison. It kills people voluntarily (alcoholics) & involuntarily (drunk drivers)
It destroys families.
Do you love crack or meth? Arsenic?
I agree with Hypo, it makes people morons. Even with just a few drinks...people change.
Just my opinion though. To each his own.
|01-18-2013, 05:26 PM||#19 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2010
I hate that alcohol can have a hold over people, including me.
I hate that everything seems to be celebrated with a drink..weddings, birthdays, exams, babies, even death.
I often think, can't we celebrate some other way, like a nice walk for example? A shopping trip?
The whole raise a toast thing annoys me.
I cannot bear wine snobs.
At the end of the day it is all rotten fruit whatever it costs.
I hate what alcohol has done to my life and the life of others I love.
So I suppose yes I don't really like drink.
Maybe hate is too stronger word.
I don't get as worked up now as I used to do when I was on my 'alcohol soapbox'.
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|01-18-2013, 06:26 PM||#20 (permalink)|
A work in progress
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: South Jersey
I'm pretty neutral on it. I don't mind that other people drink it (not stupidly or recklessly, at least around me or innocent people, please), but I don't care to be around it. It's pretty irrelevant to me at this point, and it bores me to be around drinking, especially when people ooh and ahh over their drinks.
I feel the same way, pretty much, about football.
~ one breath at a time
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