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Old 07-28-2018, 10:27 AM
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It was 3 days before my 41st birthday after 24 years of smoking drugging and drinking.
Went for a health check after a couple of months sobriety and luckily I was tip top.

I couldnít and wouldnít ever put myself through through the mill again.

Itís no life to be trapped in that never ending circle of doom.

Do yourself a massive favour and surrender. The booze is too big for you and so are the cigarettes.
Itís the best thing youíll ever do.

Never too late. Donít let that fool you in to thinking you can squeeze a few more years in boozing. AVs are trixy and twist words.
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That is helpful to hear.

I do like to be reminded that the body is resilient, abstaining and eating clean will most likely get you back on track.
A good thing to think about! 🙂

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I turned 50 yesterday. I stopped drinking 2 weeks ago. I started drinking at 15 and Iíve been drinking daily for more than 30 years. Generally a bottle of red wine (700ml) a day and more than that on weekends (usually 2 or more a day on Saturdays and Sundays). I was either drunk or hungover constantly for many many years. Except for the odd day or 2 here and there when I tried unsuccessfully to stop drinking.

I am sure Iíve done damage to my body but the liver has an amazing ability to regenerate. As long as you stop abusing it. Donít listen to the voice telling you itís too late to stop and you may as well keep drinking. Thatís the AV wanting itís fix. And itís a liar. Itís never too late.

I went to the doctor and astonishingly my bloods came back perfectly normal. I was amazed! I feel great (except for mood swings) and am exercising and have more energy than in a long time.
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Old 07-28-2018, 11:51 AM
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25. Started drinking when I was 20 binge drinker till I was 22 then started drinking heavily we are talking 8 pints a day plus bug session with friends one a week and all day sessions on pay day. Quit 10 months ago. I am much the same with the health worries have had normal lft, ultrasound and ct just had chronic diherra for a coupl years though so that has me still worried about my liver
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Old 07-29-2018, 04:35 AM
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Wow, some inspiring accounts. Thanks so much guys.

Day 9 for me. I'm feeling a lot better already.
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Glad you have kept sharing. I do not believe we get infinite chances to quit so I hope you will make his your last, and do everything possible to live in recovery.
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Old 07-29-2018, 08:17 AM
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Glad you have kept sharing. I do not believe we get infinite chances to quit so I hope you will make his your last, and do everything possible to live in recovery.
Thanks. We certainly don't. One of my former school friends, with whom I used to drink, sadly died aged 28. He used to take a lot of drugs, too, but drink was what he finally succumbed to. My great-grandfather died aged 39, and my grandfather aged 54 - both heavy drinkers.
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Old 07-29-2018, 08:40 AM
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52, better late than never!
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Old 07-29-2018, 01:06 PM
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I quit for good (3rd attempt) almost 3 years ago at 41. My life has been infinately better. I still suffer from anxiety/Depression and work with my DR on prescribed Rx. But I am in a better place with full control of my life.
Nothing could make me go back to pouring gallons of booze down my throat day after day in hopes of being "happy". Lol, it's a ridiculous thought.
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51.....who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?!
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56 and I should have died a handful of times but so far no irreparable damage has been found. I had lots of serious health problems, though, when drinking and in withdrawal.
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Roughly one month after I turned 39. Daily drinker for close to 13 years. 10 to 20 beers a day. It's been five months and the post acute withdrawal is horrible.

However there has to be some kind of relief in sight. Staying sober mainly because I never want to go thru what I'm going thru right now. Especially the health anxiety.
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Old 07-29-2018, 08:14 PM
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45 and 8 days in. It's been an amazing 8 days and I feel my life is so much better. Like they say one day at a time, but for the first time in my life I finally know I cannot have just one drink
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Day 1 for me at 56 ! Sometimes I think its too late but I dont want to spend the time I have left being a slave to booze. I want to live life and enjoy it.
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I was 55 years old and am going strong at 3 1/2 years sober!

As long as I am alive, it is never too late to start living.

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Originally Posted by Auchieshuggle View Post
When did it start to get easier for you? Does not drinking simply become a habit?
I was really ready to quit at that point. It had beaten me down mentally and I knew something had to change.

Physically I stated feeling better rather quickly. Although it took a good year to feel 100%.

Mentally was a more difficult. I had a lot of anxiety for a good 6 months. It slowly dissipated over time. I would guess 1 year I started to feel good regularly.

Give it time and stay with it.

A saying really helped me understand the process and it is: If you walk 5 miles into the woods you have to walk 5 miles out.
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I will say 36 because this time I am done. I started at 19 and usually binged 4-5 times a week. I quit for almost a year in my early 30s then I was back at it. I cut down to bingeing 1-2 times a week, then 1 binge every 2-3 weeks. I had my last binge 3 days ago and I get too freaked out over the health effects (major health anxiety). Now, when I am sober for a good 2-3 weeks I feel pretty good health wise and that can be a double edged sword because I start thinking, hey I have been good what harm could one night do? Bad thinking!
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Originally Posted by ljc267 View Post
I was really ready to quit at that point. It had beaten me down mentally and I knew something had to change.

Physically I stated feeling better rather quickly. Although it took a good year to feel 100%.

Mentally was a more difficult. I had a lot of anxiety for a good 6 months. It slowly dissipated over time. I would guess 1 year I started to feel good regularly.

Give it time and stay with it.

A saying really helped me understand the process and it is: If you walk 5 miles into the woods you have to walk 5 miles out.
I went ten days! Now recovering from a four day binge. My psoriasis is worse than ever, I feel anxious and unwell. I was having nightmares about drinking.

I NEED to stop, I MUST stop, but every time I 'quit for good' I seem to capitulate to the urge to drink. I'm fed up with it.

I am 100% sure my life would be better without alcohol, but I can't seem to stay on the wagon. The thing is I have been sober for nine mobths before...and I'm quickly approaching forty, and I haven't accomplished many of the things I wanted to. Depressing.
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I am 100% sure my life would be better without alcohol, but I can't seem to stay on the wagon. The thing is I have been sober for nine mobths before...and I'm quickly approaching forty, and I haven't accomplished many of the things I wanted to. Depressing.
If you were 100% sure you wouldn't keep drinking.

You have done 9 month before, then why not commit to doing 9 months again. Forget forever just get 9 months under you belt. Then take it from there.
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Old 08-04-2018, 05:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Gerard52 View Post
If you were 100% sure you wouldn't keep drinking.

You have done 9 month before, then why not commit to doing 9 months again. Forget forever just get 9 months under you belt. Then take it from there.
Aye, I know 100% that I would be happier, healthier and wealthier if I laid off the booze. Many ex-girlfriends have finished with me because of it, my mum nags me, I'm usually tired and colleagues have noticed.

My biggest problem is procrastination...every week it's always my last. "I'm stopping Sunday", or the 1st of next month, my birthday, Easter, New Years, etc. It never happens, though.
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