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Old 03-30-2016, 08:39 PM
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Cognitive improvement with moderate drinking

Hey guys I'm new to the site so nice meeting you!! I'm 23 and have spent that last 3 to 4 years getting drunk almost every single night. For almost 4 years. Every. Single. Night. I'll get straight to it. I was wondering if those who have chosen to cut back (1 or 2 a week) would cognitively improve just as well as those who chose to abstain completely. Basically, if "swim" drank so much he eventually began to notice brain issues from the alcoholism, would his brain still heal if he didn't remove alcohol completely? Thanks guys
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Old 03-30-2016, 08:50 PM
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Hi Cnflctdthnkr

First off let me say that most of us follow abstinence here, so you may not get the answer I think you're looking for.

Thats not to say we're lying - far from it - but it was not my experience that cutting back made things 'less bad'.

I was a heavy drinker for many hearts. By the end any amount of alcohol impaired me and for longer.

By the end I reached a stage where I could not cut back anyway and I was drinking whenever I could.

It was only abstinence, and a lot of time, that bought back my faculties to what they had been.

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Old 03-31-2016, 06:51 PM
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Honestly I think it would improve but who can manage 1 or 2 drinks a week that has been drinking heavily for years? For an extended period of time, I'd eventually slip up. I actually slipped up not too long ago but at least is was only 2 drinks. If i had been already drinking 1 or 2 drinks a week my slip up could have easily been 8 or 10.
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Old 03-31-2016, 07:46 PM
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Honestly I think it would improve
I was speaking from experience.

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Hi Cnflctdthnkr, nice to meet you & welcome to the forum!

By the time I stopped, I *couldn't* drink only 1-2 times a week. I required alcohol every couple of hours to avoid withdrawals. It took me a long time to experience cognitive improvement after that.

What if I had cut back when I was 23, like you?

My answer: it depends on what you mean by cognitive improvement. Back in those days, I could function respectably without alcohol when I needed to or when alcohol wasn't available. Quitting didn't seem that hard.

But I was an alcoholic even then. My life was oriented around drinking and all it meant to me. Being straight for a day or a week didn't touch the distortion in my thinking. It was only when I completely quit that I got the "cognitive improvement" I really needed.
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I drank moderately for years, with some quit time in between, as well as dry days. If you can cut down to a few drinks a couple of times a week it will help mental function considerably, in my experience. I always felt better after a couple of dry days, but the cravings would get stronger until I drank again. It became a constant up and down struggle for me. Eventually it was easier to quit.
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Old 03-31-2016, 11:18 PM
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I guess i should rephrase that to it can improve because i did that for a while and it really did improve for the time that I was able to "manage" it. But most of us, the majority of us, will cave in at some point because its part of the nature that we were once accustomed too. To be straightforward, I dont recommend it, but we all try different things because....and I'm taking an educated guess here....we all gotta see for ourselves, much like Dee did as well as I.

Our experiences both ended up somewhere where we still ran into difficulty so we dont recommend it.
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