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Alcohol is REALLY NOT for Me!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

After 60 days without alcohol, I decided that I could reintroduce it back in to my life. I enjoyed a GREAT day - feeling great - everything was all set for my Easter celebrations. Went out to dinner with my family - to a wine bar -so yeah, why not enjoy a glass of wine....or two...or two-and-a-half? Yes, 2.5 glasses of Pinot Noir later we came home. I fed the dogs and took them for their evening walk and then went to bed. I woke an hour later with anxiety -- "did I put eggs in the cake - did the recipe call for just the egg yolks?" -- and some anxiety about my daughter's horseback riding lessons. I was hot - I was cold - I was thirsty - more anxiety - tossing and turning. Up at least four times during the night. Why? Why do I put myself through this? I'm done - really. No more counting days without alcohol - that just keeps my focus on alcohol. There is nothing to count here - I'm DONE WITH ALCOHOL!! After last night - I have NO DESIRE FOR ALCOHOL IN MY LIFE!!!!
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    I totally understand! I've gone through times without alcohol and have had plenty of time with it and I can say life is much better for me without. It is hardest at first when you are counting the days, then it just seems to go away! 😀
    1253 days ago
  • SEAGLASS1215
    Sometimes lessons learned the hard way stay with us the longest...in this case, you made the connection between the alcohol and your anxiety, restless night, etc, and you'll likely remember it if the wine ever calls your name in the future. Good for you!
    1254 days ago
    Good for you! I do not drink alcohol-not even socially, but I have had the same anxiety reaction to caffeine. It has been years since I have had caffeine--and I don't miss it one bit.

    1254 days ago
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    1254 days ago
    Congrats on a lesson learned! emoticon emoticon
    1254 days ago
    It's a tough lesson to learn for most. I think that your plan to not count the days without alcohol is a smart plan. I think that you can do this. emoticon
    1254 days ago
    Hi Anne,

    I understand why you imbibed in the fruit of the vine. Members of you family were likely have a bit of wine. And in a social environment, a glass or two of wine is considered by many to be moderate consumption.

    I am not a big wine drinker, but I enjoy a beer every now and then. I am convinced, because of the way our bodies process alcohol, that alcohol consumption is a good way to gain weight - even if we stick to our calorie range.

    Alcohol is toxic to our bodies. The liver removes toxins from our blood. The liver also breaks down fat and aids our immune system. When alcohol is ingested the liver has to quit all other vital functions to detoxify alcohol. The liver is the chemical factory of our bodies.

    The metabolism of alcohol can lead to dehydration. The liver is also vital for the production of certain hormones. Alcohol consumption can temporary cause hormonal imbalances because the liver is busy with detoxification of alcohol. The liver produces hormones that help us sleep and control anxiety.

    I had a great childhood friend that became an alcoholic as a young man. His health was terrible! He was a different person when he drank. His life came apart. His wonderfully kind sober demeanor became aggressive and dangerous when he was drunk. He got into a fight after drinking in a bar with the ex-boyfriend of the woman he was dating. The ex-boyfriend shot and killed him!

    I know your not an alcoholic, but alcohol can still mess with you.

    Stay Safe and Dry,

    1254 days ago
  • BLUEJAY1969
    Congratulations on getting free from alcohol!
    1254 days ago
    I wish you the best!
    I know I cannot be my best with alcohol in my life. It's just not worth it
    1254 days ago
  • 52BINCE
    Alcohol is not a preservative , it only pickles a persons innards. Congratulations on your freedom from alcohol...
    1254 days ago
  • MBPP50
    Good for you. You went a while without it so you probably lost some of your tolerance. Alcohol can definitely interfere with sleep. Have a Happy Easter!
    1255 days ago
    Another lesson learned. I am not a fan of alcohol either.
    1255 days ago
    that's great! I did the same thing with fast food yesterday and my body is hating me today for it but it feels great to know that it does! it's just not for me anymore. I'm glad the same happened for you, you've got this!
    1255 days ago
    Great plan 👍
    1255 days ago
    I am so happy for you! ... I have not had alcohol in many years, and literally never think of it .... You will enjoy the freedom! Happy Easter!
    1255 days ago
    Happy Easter! emoticon
    1255 days ago
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