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Old 10-24-2017, 01:20 AM
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Hello all, I used to visit this forum and post now and again several years ago. I also attended AA and have done so for several stretches which have resulted in periods of sobriety of various lengths. However I have been drinking a bottle of wine and a bit every evening now for a year or more and I am feeling pretty crap. Getting the initiative to start day one has been hard - but I've made it and here I am. I'm retired and boredom is a factor, as is of course simple/complicated addiction.

I'm not sure if I'm up for AA at the moment, but I am on day one and plan to post and read here, write a diary, read other sobriety related stuff and so on - my mini plan. Happy to be here.

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Many thanks Dee. My problem isn't stopping so much - well that is hard enough I guess. It is staying sober.

I've just googled 'how to stay sober' and there are some great suggestions.
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Welcome back, Ruminator. Day One is a gift we give to our life. Here's to making it count!
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Welcome back. My husband and myself are retired too. We retired about ten years ago. That was when our drinking took off.

Whilst working it was kept reasonably under control but once we didn't have the constraints of a Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 job off it went.

Our drinking completely ran riot. All that extra free time was dangerous to us.

Wishing you well with your quit.
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Old 10-24-2017, 09:51 AM
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Thanks for the responses all.

Peacefulwater - I retired early (long story) but with no financial concerns so I was lucky. I don't drink more now than I did when I was working - if anything these days it is a tad less if anything. But the pattern of my drinking - cracking open a bottle of wine every evening at about 8.30, waiting for the mild euphoria and release of all my cares and anxiety by the second glass and getting through the rest of the bottle and then a bit more - only to wake up unrefreshed, a bit wobbly, and spending the day feeling dreadful, full of fear and anxiety, feeling vaguely unwell and just waiting for the same time that night to open a bottle again for it all to go away again - that pattern has had me in its grip now for well over a year. It has made me unhappy and miserable and as I'm in my 60s anxious about its effects on my health of course - and anxiety fueled by the alcohol itself of course. Time to get of the evil roundabout.
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