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Old 06-27-2015, 03:16 PM
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At what age did you quit for good and how long has it been?
I quit just before my 40th birthday - it's just before my 48th birthday now

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Old 06-27-2015, 03:23 PM
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I don't dwell on what is wasted or lost, I relish in the prosperity of my sober life.

Well said! I couldn't agree more.
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Old 06-27-2015, 03:44 PM
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Thanks for the responses everyone, this thread was a brain dump of a thought process yesterday which, for me, adds to the attraction of sobriety.

I fully appreciate all the other costs and opportunity costs over the years, in terms of relationships, sanity and mental health etc. Sorry if I came across a bit single minded but damaged relationships (god knows there are too many of them!) are given for most of us and I felt that writing this is one of the only ways (if a little crude) that the damage can be quantified.

I am not looking to dwell on the past but I think it's pretty important to look into the past to ensure and promote a stable future.
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Old 06-27-2015, 04:32 PM
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To be perfectly honest, the money doesn't concern me. What concerns me is the time I have lost. I am of the belief that we only get one shot at living on this merry-go-round, and when its over, that's it. All the lost time I can never get back.
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Old 06-27-2015, 04:54 PM
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I lost myself and can't put a price on that.
Glad to be getting my self respect back.
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Old 06-27-2015, 08:47 PM
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Jeez I don't know.

When I was real bad, which was a little more than 2&1/2 years of daily binge drinking, I had it down to this a week:

X3 36 pack of Boxer Light - $50
X1 Boxed merlot - $18

So I suck at math :P But 52 weeks in a year, so that's 126 weeks where I spent $68 at least a week on booze (there's always those tallboys and whatnot between).
So however much that is---- and then some extra thousands for the five years where I drank crazily but without regular spending habit :P
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Old 06-27-2015, 11:01 PM
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Originally Posted by thomas11 View Post
To be perfectly honest, the money doesn't concern me. What concerns me is the time I have lost. I am of the belief that we only get one shot at living on this merry-go-round, and when its over, that's it. All the lost time I can never get back.
I have the same thoughts. I don't like to waste time, and as I get older, I realize just how precious time is. However, what's done is done, so it's also unproductive to spend too much time concerning myself with the time I lost while boozing. Although, I do think it's important to remember the pain and waste of my boozing past. But I try not to let those memories interfere with my goal to take advantage of every moment I have left on this earth.
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Old 06-28-2015, 04:31 AM
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Alcohol has cost me $ from missing work, health issues, lost productivity, actual cost of alcohol. Nothing I can do about that now though.

Luckily I have not lost my wife or my family or job, the most important things to me. I see no point in dwelling on it like has been mentioned, move forward with the right outlook.
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Old 06-28-2015, 07:14 AM
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did some quick math,over 20 years of heavy drinking the last 7 mostly from home but adding all the messed up weekends ,wow I could burn thru 400$ easily in the hamptons ,fire isle did that from 17 to 33 years old ..I am in the range of 400k prob more don't like the math....almost 80 days whoohoo
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Old 06-28-2015, 08:01 AM
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There is no way I can do the calculation on this and not find it depressing so I am gonna pass.

More fun for me is calculating how much money I saved by quitting
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Old 06-28-2015, 06:43 PM
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It would be too depressing to go back and calculate. I squandered almost everything I earned on buying booze, buying drinks for others, and ridiculous drunk purchases of unnecessary material things. I can't go back. I'm far more fiscally responsible these days, and that's all that matters.
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Old 06-28-2015, 07:06 PM
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Well over a million dollars.

25+ years of negatively impacted living.

More shame and guilt than I'd ever realized.

My true expression of Self.
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Old 06-28-2015, 07:40 PM
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I too have contemplated the monetary costs over many years / the opportunity costs of what I could have done. Yes , ouch....

As others have stated the cost to body , mind and spirit is impossible to measure.

So what's done cannot be undone and I am grateful to have this sober season in my life now. Additional opportunities continue to arise in sobriety.

As a side note - maybe it's just me - but when I buy anything now be it coffee, a sandwich, a pair of shoes or whatever I am very frugal. I make the most I can now of all resources.

A review of bills and cash outlay - booze aside - has saved 20% in sobriety.

Turns out 8 bucks is hard for me to part with

Thanks for the thread !
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