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Old 07-06-2018, 01:05 PM
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I started drinking when I was 12, full blown addict and alcoholic by 15. Stopped one month short of my 18th birthdays. That was 40 years ago. Not drinking hasnít kept me from doing anything but drink.
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Old 07-06-2018, 08:52 PM
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I quit 2/28/16. I had my first round of tests on 3/4/16. Note- I quit cold turkey.

Mar 4 results- bilirubin 1.2- 0 to 1.2 is normal range; AST 86 - 0-40 is normal range; AST 44 - 0-32 is normal range

By June, my results- bilirubin 0.3 - normal is 0-1.2; AST- 28 - 0-40 normal; ALT 22-
I'm going to keep reading these posts to see where Aughie is in the journey!
Mine at my worst:

Total Bilirubin:118
ALT:814
AST:430
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Old 07-07-2018, 03:28 AM
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Mine at my worst:

Total Bilirubin:118
ALT:814
AST:430
I think my numbers are in mg/L - what measurement are yours? Curious because those numbers are crazy high....
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Old 07-08-2018, 01:26 PM
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It's day two for me again. I'm depressed, though that's better than the crippling anxiety I usually have.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed. It's inspiring reading through this and realising that everyone of you has been through all this.

I would have liked to have used the thanks button, but since I broke my laptop I'm accessing the forums from my mobile (AKA cell phone).

I am praying to God that this time I make it. God bless you all.
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Old 07-10-2018, 12:07 AM
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Re

34...now im 35 and 7 and a half months in. My body had just had enough..elevated liver enyme, nightsweats, seemed like every organ ached..all my joints ached, constantly tired, and anxious..gosh just writing this i have zero desire to ever go back to that place! 40 is a good age to quit! You have alot more life to live! Just stick with it. Your body and mind will thank you😊
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Old 07-10-2018, 12:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Auchieshuggle View Post
It's day two for me again. I'm depressed, though that's better than the crippling anxiety I usually have.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed. It's inspiring reading through this and realising that everyone of you has been through all this.

I would have liked to have used the thanks button, but since I broke my laptop I'm accessing the forums from my mobile (AKA cell phone).

I am praying to God that this time I make it. God bless you all.

You can do it never stop trying
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Old 07-10-2018, 01:12 AM
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I had previously stopped drinking for 13 years, then started again and drank for about 2-3 years. I stopped this time when I was in my late sixties. My liver wouldn’t last if I were to start again. I am so grateful in so many ways that I am sober. It was really hard this last time and I don’t want to risk that ever again! I am so grateful.

You can do this! Do whatever it takes. Get whatever help you need.
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Old 07-10-2018, 01:35 PM
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Thanks, folks! There are some really inspirational stories on here.

As for me, it's day four and I'm coping.
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Old 07-10-2018, 05:35 PM
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day 4 is a good start. I suggest you really plug yourself in here auggie - post daily, check out some of the group threads to join like the Class of July support thread?

The more work you put into your recovery the more you'll get out of it

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45 on this go-round. And I hope this one's the keeper!
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Old 07-15-2018, 09:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Dee74 View Post
day 4 is a good start. I suggest you really plug yourself in here auggie - post daily, check out some of the group threads to join like the Class of July support thread?

The more work you put into your recovery the more you'll get out of it

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Thanks! It's now day two again. I think you're right. I will go to a meeting tonight, too.
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Today is day seven! That's the best I've done for ages. I'm smoking more - cigarettes, haven't touched the green for years - but I'm not worrying about that for now.
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Old 07-27-2018, 10:37 AM
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I am 52 and have been drinking above safe limits for 27 years. Though I would say the last 10 it has increased to a serious danger. The pigeons are still out there, all I can do is stop.
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Old 07-27-2018, 11:10 AM
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Quit drinking at 45. Now almost 2 yrs sober.

Started drinking at 15. Became a daily drinker at 35ish. Escalated until I had enough. When I say I had enough, I had had enough.

Was not easy but the best thing I ever did for myself.
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Old 07-27-2018, 08:48 PM
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Quit drinking at 45. Now almost 2 yrs sober.

Started drinking at 15. Became a daily drinker at 35ish. Escalated until I had enough. When I say I had enough, I had had enough.

Was not easy but the best thing I ever did for myself.
When did it start to get easier for you? Does not drinking simply become a habit?
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Old 07-27-2018, 08:54 PM
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I finally quit for good at 56. Been sober 8 years. Rootin for ya.
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Old 07-28-2018, 05:52 AM
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It's DAY 1 again for me. I find it really difficult to stay on the wagon for any length of time.

I'm scared I have done irreparable damage to my body, so much so that I almost try to convince myself it's too late for me and I might as well go on drinking. I have smoked for approximately twenty-five years and drank irresponsibly for the same amount of time, can I really have got away with that?! I had my liver tested a few years ago and was told that I had raised liver enzymes. I stopped for 9 months, and then drank once a month for a about a year...and gradually it has crept up until I have been back drinking every day again.

So...I was wondering how old you were when you stopped and whether you 'got away with it'?
I wish I had stopped at 40. I tried but now itís a decade later and Iím still trying. I guess better late than never!
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I had my first good drunk at age 16 and was so sick the next morning with throwing up then dry heaves I didn't drink for a couple years. I took it up again in my early twenties and stopped twice for a year then back at it again. I was a functional alcoholic and retired with 32 years civil service. Now at 67 years old I have 3 1/2 months into sobriety and I'm done with drinking. My body can not handle the pounding that alcohol puts on your body. By the Grace of God I am a new man.
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Old 07-28-2018, 09:09 AM
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Starting drinking around the age of 13.
I had my last drink at age 43
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Old 07-28-2018, 10:13 AM
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I drank for 40 years. Now sober for almost 3. I've lost 50 lbs, blood pressure is great, liver enzymes are normal, and I'm in the best shape I've been in since my 20's. It's never too late to stop. And the body is an amazing organ at repairing itself if you let it.
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