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Old 01-28-2008, 03:31 PM
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Hi, this is the first message from my at this site. I know my post will be long winded so please bare with me. I started drinking about a year ago after six years sober. In the recent few months I've noticed that I have shaky hands. I also started smoking, but only when I drink after 10 years of no smoking. (I am 42 y.o.)

What I am trying to figure out is if it is more likely the smoking or the drinking contributing to the problem. My hands shake every day, not just if I try to stop.

I am not a heavy drinker, but I do drink daily, mainly beer and some wine, to the extent of maybe 6 beers a day. At that level I don't think I should be having these problems.

I do want to quit again, the last time I went cold turkey one day and stayed on the wagon from that day on to six years. Having quit before, I remember that you shouldn't make major life changes. What if you are already experiencing things that major change could corrupt; I am about 6 weeks out of a three year relationship, and I am also taking 2 online University classes. I don't want to be distracted from school, nor do I want to be overly lonely after a break up.

Any thoughts?
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Old 01-28-2008, 04:01 PM
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Hi, this is the first message from my at this site. I know my post will be long winded so please bare with me......
First let me say welcome to SR. Glad you are here.

Originally Posted by belchoir View Post
What I am trying to figure out is if it is more likely the smoking or the drinking contributing to the problem. My hands shake every day, not just if I try to stop.

I am not a heavy drinker, but I do drink daily, mainly beer and some wine, to the extent of maybe 6 beers a day. At that level I don't think I should be having these problems.
Everbody reacts differently to alcohol. There are many degrees of alcoholism. Here is a list of some of the different types. You may find some similiarities within yourself. One does not have to progress the point of losing everything before making a choice to quit. We all have a choice of how far down we want to go.
The term "alcoholism" refers to a disease known as alcohol dependence syndrome, the most severe stage of a group of drinking problems which begins with binge drinking and alcohol abuse.

Types of Alcohol Problems
Alcohol problems occur at different levels of severity, from mild and annoying to life-threatening. Although alcohol dependence (alcoholism) is the most severe stage, less severe drinking problems can also be dangerous.

Binge Drinking
Officially, binge drinking means having five or more drinks in one session for men and four or more for women. Another definition for binge drinking is simply drinking to get drunk. It is the most common drinking problem for young people, under age 21.
Binge Drinkers Have Highest Risk of Injury
Heavy Drinking Dangers
Brief Intervention Effective for Binge Drinkers

Alcohol Abuse
Binge drinking turns into alcohol abuse when someone's drinking begins to cause problems and the drinking continues anyway.
Alcohol abuse is when someone continues to drink in spite of continued social, interpersonal or legal difficulties. Alcohol abuse can result in missing time at school or work, neglecting child or household responsibilities or trouble with the law.

Alcohol Dependence
Alcohol abuse becomes alcohol dependence when drinkers begin to experience a craving for alcohol, a loss of control of their drinking, withdrawal symptoms
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I do want to quit again, the last time I went cold turkey one day and stayed on the wagon from that day on to six years. Having quit before, I remember that you shouldn't make major life changes. What if you are already experiencing things that major change could corrupt; I am about 6 weeks out of a three year relationship, and I am also taking 2 online University classes. I don't want to be distracted from school, nor do I want to be overly lonely after a break up.

Any thoughts?
There is no hard and fast rule that says one cannot make any life changes in the first year. The reasoning behind the statement is that many feel they need to concentrate on finding sobriety in their current situation without the addition of anything that might complicate it. You are already in school, you are already out of the relationship so those things would not be something you would change IMHO. I am 42 and have returned to school in sobriety after a 20 year career. Life changes happen. The main things is having the tools to stay sober through them.

I would recommend considering a recovery program as they can be quite useful in providing tools to live everyday life without alcohol.
Here is a link to a listing of recovery programs. Feel free to ask questions regarding them as we have a variety of people on this site who have recovered using a variety of methods.
http://www.soberrecovery.com/forums/...-programs.html
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Old 01-28-2008, 04:16 PM
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Shaking hands can be a multitude of things - medical or psychological.

What is going on that you thought it would be okay to resume drinking and smoking after such a period removed from both?

What's going on in your life? It's as good a place to start as any I would say.
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Old 01-28-2008, 04:43 PM
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Hi and welcome

That would be a good idea to stop again. You did it for six years and you can do it again. There is alot of people here, so if you get lonely you can join in here. Plus you did live sober for quite some time and I think you have alot to offer.

Hope to see you here.
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Old 01-28-2008, 05:05 PM
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thanks

Thanks you to everyone. I am a very strong person, which is why I quit easily the last time. Embarrassingly there are some things about drinking that bring me comfort in life, primarily social, which is why it will be hard for me. I do care about my health and my children (now with my ex-wife/friend), so I need to get this ball rolling. If I can muster the strength.

You are a great group.
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Old 01-28-2008, 06:48 PM
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Hi and welcome,

Towards the end of my drinking, my hands would shake so much that I had to grab the wineglass with both of em, right at 5:02 pm (happy hour time) and I prayed to God that nobody would see it.

I did drink more than you daily though...

Please talk to your doctor.

Best of luck!!!

Karen
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Old 01-28-2008, 07:00 PM
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welcome................i know a guy that had to use a straw becouse he shook so bad till he got a few into him.
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Old 01-29-2008, 12:45 AM
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Booze withdrawal gives me the shakes. One reason among so many I don't drink. By the way I would feel withdrawal if I had a couple of drinks, then stop.
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Old 01-29-2008, 03:18 AM
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You really do need to see your doctor.

Glad you are with us..
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Old 01-29-2008, 03:55 AM
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Welcome to SR, when it comes to drinking you are in the right place, first things first, see a doctor ASAP and be totally honest with him about how much you are drinking now and about your past.

I am no doctor, but I smoked for a year after I quit drinking and I had no shakes, I did when I drank, from my experience the smoking did not cause the shakes, the booze did!!! Having said that you should still see a doctor, because the shaking may not be the booze, it could be something else.

One thing is for certain, stopping drinking and smoking again is not going to make things worse, but see a doctor before you stop the booze cold turkey, withdrawal from alcohol can and does kill, every withdrawal is different and the more one goes through the worse they get.

Hang around and let us know how things go.
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