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Anxiety when the booze is running low, normal?

I think I already know but just thought I'd check with you guys.

When the bottle is almost empty/beers are running out/whatever alcohol you have is almost gone, is it normal to start getting stressed out or worried that your not going to be drunk/pass out before it runs out? Also, anxious about if you'll find a way to get more before the shops close?
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Yes, but I am glad I am not on that merry go round anymore.

I feel much better.
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You know the answer, right?

The good news is that you don't have to let alcohol run your life anymore.

It's not easy getting out of its clutches, but it's worth it.
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Old 02-21-2016, 06:00 AM
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That was definitely my "normal" when I was drinking. I also had to be sure I would have booze for the morning to ease the withdrawal symptoms until the stores opened again. Ugh.
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Yep, and it's not the best feeling to be at the mercy of and under the control of a substance.
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I used to wake up early am in the throes of withdrawal and would pace the house until the store opened and I could get more wine. So glad those days are gone.
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8am was when the convenience started selling again near me, the clerk was always waiting to say hi.

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Old 02-21-2016, 06:49 AM
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Originally Posted by NewJourneyStart View Post
I think I already know but just thought I'd check with you guys.

When the bottle is almost empty/beers are running out/whatever alcohol you have is almost gone, is it normal to start getting stressed out or worried that your not going to be drunk/pass out before it runs out? Also, anxious about if you'll find a way to get more before the shops close?
Well, it's a problem, so in that perspective, it's not normal. But it is common. I had it as well. Often ending up buying more than I would be able to drink.

Quit, stay sober, focus on that. You will never have to worry about this question ever again.
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Thanks for the reminder of that awful cycle I lived in for far too many years. I hope you're in the process of freeing yourself.
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Old 02-21-2016, 07:09 AM
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...is it normal to start getting stressed out or worried that your not going to be drunk/pass out before it runs out?
I just reread your post...if your goal is to be drunk or pass out before the booze runs out, I think you can definitely assume you are not a "normal" drinker.

The good news is that recovered alcoholics are lots of fun...come on down!
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Yes, I remember that feeling ... when what was left wasn't going to be enough.

That is your life telling you you've got a big problem.

Life is so much better without alcohol. It will be for you, too.
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Originally Posted by NewJourneyStart View Post
I think I already know but just thought I'd check with you guys.

When the bottle is almost empty/beers are running out/whatever alcohol you have is almost gone, is it normal to start getting stressed out or worried that your not going to be drunk/pass out before it runs out? Also, anxious about if you'll find a way to get more before the shops close?
"It may be normal, but it's not healthy."

Yes, that pretty much describes my former life. Near-total focus on alcohol availability. Are you still in the trap?
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Old 02-21-2016, 08:13 AM
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It is normal....for an alcoholic! I always fretted that I would run out of booze too early in the night and not get drunk enough to pass out later. only alcoholics have such a mindset
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Yes. It's a common factor in addiction, the enjoyment of scoring and the comfort of having enough on hand.
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Old 02-21-2016, 08:23 AM
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Is it normal? If you are addicted to a drug, then I would say yes. If you can kick that addiction, its very liberating because the panic is gone. There is no booze in my house right now and liquor stores are closed on Sunday here. It has no impact on me what so ever. And I feel great. You can too.
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Old 02-21-2016, 09:38 AM
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Normal for addicts, not normal for sane people.
Of course!
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Old 02-21-2016, 09:44 AM
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I remember thinking that I only have one beer left after the one in my lap is finished. Should I stop and grab more before my lunch break is over? If I didn't I wouldn't have anything to drink on the way to the store to grab more after work. I would be dry the whole one mile drive to the store. Horrible idea. Funny how stupid that sounds, but certainly know slipping back into that routine isn't very hard.
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Like the others have said, this is all too familiar and it's a normal feeling for an addict... but not normal for a 'normal' drinker.

If I didn't have enough alcohol to get blackout drunk on I'd just sit and worry about it until I got up and bought more. And yes, I was very anxious if I couldn't get some before the shops closed (particularly a problem on Sundays). I started carrying round 5 small bottles of vodka with me wherever I went. I was terrified of running out! Stuff like that creeps up on you.
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A red flag....
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That was normal for me ... And it's what scares me and make me realize that I was not in control, that I could not moderate, and finally admit out loud that while perhaps functioning I am an alcoholic ... And that I needed to stop.

If this is what you mean by normal, then yes.
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