What happened to you after you stopped drinking?

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  1. braveheart

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    What were the positive and negative effects after days,months...when did you notice them?

    (psyche, fears,demons,body etc.)

    How was it to go on stage sober etc ?

    What kind of drinker were you (weekend binge drinker/daily heavy or moderate drinker,casual drinker etc.) ?
     
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    I went sober before a heart valve operation last year. After day ! it is rougher but I only drink mid strength beer. Then you get better each day. Stayed off it for 4 months. Plan to give it away at Easter for as long as I can.
    Going sober gets worse, to me, then better When I am dry I have lots of energy, walk more, play guitar and drive friends and relatives to restaurants.
    interestingly , after a few months without, my blood results were excellent. All that walking ( twice a day), good food ( no red meat) fish and chicken, plenty of veggies and must have my daily sugar intake in fruit.
    All good!:)
     
  4. trev333

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    I lost weight..the beer belly to be exact...;)
     
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    I noticed an absence of hangovers and woke up feeling well-rested on less sleep. Otherwise no difference and don't miss it although I'll still have a margarita once or twice a year because they taste so good.
     
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  7. trev333

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    became a more consistent pool player,,, ;)
     
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    If you’re talking about alcoholism after the shakes subside (get medical help if you get tremors)

    I didn’t notice anything really except I stopped gaining weight like mentioned, it also didn’t take long to stop wanting it after a deep soul searching of what it did to me, of course I still think about it but I have no desire for a drink and I feel fine and a lot better now I don’t drink
    I think my mental/emotional being is a lot more stable
    As far as a time period it took me a good year to really not crave it


    I Was nauseous and shaky and felt like death was looming when I didn’t drink and out of it if I over drank, don’t miss one thing about that

    Now if you’re talking about just a beer here and there I’m not sure
     
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    I'm 26 and still have never had a beer, a glass of wine, or a shot of liquor. I've never had a drop of alcohol, yet. So I'm not even sure how it would effect me or if I would like it or not. Never smoked a cigarette or cigar. I've never done any drugs other than a rare tylenol for a headache (I usually just put up with the headache), unless you count caffeine found in sweet tea as a drug haha.

    I know that ain't what you asked but I was just joining in.
     
  10. trev333

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    for me, something changed.... mid 90's I started to get bad headaches after any amount of beers... prior to that I had never really noticed any drastic hangover effect from a few beers...

    one conversation mentioned yeast aversion... ok I'll cut out beer altogether and drink clear drinks... vodka/tequila and soda/mixers...never got any more head aches..

    right, it's not the alcohol, something changed in the beer?...a new chem additive maybe?... or my physiology changed in a short time?...


    Whatever... I just stuck to Bourbon and coke after a while and I'm good with that... I never put on any more weight over 20 yrs using coke as a mixer... though a cancer scare a few years back made me cut back drinking to a few cans or wild turkey and cola once in a while....

    never missed beer for a second... it's pretty blurk really... and kept me out of the public bar happy hour swills.... :lol:

    there's never any happy hour on bourbons down here..:(... it's cheaper to get take aways...;)
     
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    great,were you a moderate drinker?
    did you have "lots of energy" between drinking before?
     
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    Haven’t managed to stay on the wagon for long stretches yet but here is my 2 cents.

    When drying out I have lotsa trouble sleeping with cold sweats at night...basically my sheets are drenched in sweat as I roll around sleeplessly all night. When I manage to fall asleep the dreams are vivid, weird as **** and often a bit terrifying. It usually takes 3 days for me to start feeling the withdrawals intensely, though. The first day and a half I’m usually nursing a hangover and start to actually feel better. Cognitively during the day, I notice my thinking gets maladaptive and recursive...i.e I get to thinking about one negative thing and have a hard time disrupting myself from that negative thought cycle. For me the worst alcohol withdrawals are from roughly day 3 to day 10.

    As for on stage performance. I think that depends on your normal state a bit. Unfortunately I kinda got used to playing gigs intoxicated. I often play really up tight when I go into gigs sober. IME, I gotta stay sober for like 2-3 months before I readjust to performing sober.
     
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    any positive/negative effects? What drinker type were you?
     
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    As a solitary person I never understood going to the bar and spending 5 times for something than just go to the store and getting it cheaper
    Maybe I just didn’t want company on my spiral down
     
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  15. trev333

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    a weekend drinker usually, going to watch bands or at parties.. a few beers after work maybe... I've always had a handle on it..

    the main thing was when I gave up beer I lost the beer belly in about 6 mths... and no more headaches..

    as I mentioned, I didn't give up alcohol completely...
     
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    I commend you sir
    I say stay away, your not missing anything, once the artificial joy wears off it just ends up being a hassle
    Wish I never got myself into spots I am and anyone else that’s struggled will tell you the same thing
    You’ll loose more than you gain

    Right on
     
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    The emotional rollercoasters stopped. things got way slower. Idle chat is no longer possible there is no way i'm going to sit around a coffee to know the latest gossips, even though i didn't even like it before.

    You get better sleep, no more being cold and sweating gooey at night, a clearer head, maybe a little less paranoia.

    More importantly for the tdpri, way less s**t posting.

    I have not stopped drinking though, but i try to slow it down.
     
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  18. trev333

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    that's where the pool playing comes in.... you mostly play for beers in pubs... when you win, you drink for free..:)

    until your winning streak starts sliding after too many beers.... then it's usually time to go clubbing or go home...
     
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    I think that "negative thought cycle" (demons) is always dangerous and often the reason for drinking...it's just too easy to turn them into a "party mood"...(I know that)
    What kind of drinker are you?
     
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    Six weeks after I stopped drinking in 2013, I went into my local grocery shop. The lady behind the counter said "Ah, skin so clear - eyes so blue". Fifteen months later I was so recovered that I started drinking again.
     
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