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12/2/12 2:07 A

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Hi Jennilynn...
So You don't think you're an alcoholic. Well that's great!
Yes drinking can take the edge off of social situations. If You do not over drink occasionally, can stop at any time with no problem, and do not crave Alcohol. Then You might not be an Alcoholic.
I don't know much about Social Anxiety. Sorry I can't give you any advice or helpful suggestions.
I used to do that too, drink to feel comfortable around people I didn't know. They would also be drinking.
Yes forever is a long time... Dreams about drinking..... I heard that many people have them.
I did not have the Drinking Dreams.
Look Up the Topic Social Anxiety and Find out all you can about it.....You might have already done that. Read books if You need help with it. Get Your Health on Track and then Your Fitness too. Feeling good makes a Big Difference in Your Thinking more clearly. A calming effect on your depression.
WE are Here if You do need someone to Talk to about the Drinking. We will help you.
Everyone gave You great Advice.
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11/28/12 4:29 A

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Thanks for your post AJ!!

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11/28/12 12:02 A

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I had a lot of reasons/excuses for my drinking. It didn't help me fit in socially, but it helped distract me from how I was feeling. It's taken me a long time to get more comfortable in my own skin, but at least I don't have the additional anxiety of wondering what I did or said when I had too much to drink.

Anne, you're right about yoga and meditation helping a great deal.

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11/27/12 4:56 A

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I drink to relax - to get away from the stress of everyday life. I was thinking that a regular practice of meditation would help me get to that same relaxing state. It may help you too - I find that meditation helps me get the voices out of my head -- I am sure your anxiety is full of those little voices too. I found a yoga place near my home that focuses on the relaxation part of yoga.

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So I'm not an alcoholic but I've decided to quit drinking because of the cost, the horrible taste, and for the most part because I make stupid decisions when I drink and do dumb things. It depresses me for weeks afterwards too. I mostly drink in social situations to help me to feel more comfortable around people I don't know well. I suppose I'm a little on the shy side. I've only been without alcohol for a month but it's been harder than I thought. Forever seems like such a long time and I'm even having dreams that I'm drinking. I'm just wondering if anyone else drank for the same reason and what they did to help the social anxiety once they were sober. Thanks.

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