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|01-18-2013, 12:57 PM||#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, 01:01 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, 01:01 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Jumping towards freedom!
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, 01:05 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, 01:14 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, 01:21 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, 01:24 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, 01:30 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, 01:35 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.
“That’s the problem with drinking, If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen.”
—Charles Bukowski, Women
|01-18-2013, 01:36 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, 01:40 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, 01:46 PM||#14 (permalink)|
grasping new soil
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.
|01-18-2013, 01:55 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, 02:06 PM||#16 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Bklyn. NY
Blog Entries: 1
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, 02:48 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, 06:18 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, 06:26 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, 07:26 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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