What happened to you after you stopped drinking?

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  1. johnny k

    johnny k Friend of Leo's

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    The worst thing about performing sober with a hangover is there is no way you will get loose without a few beers. you're just tense. It's hard. It also depends on what you play.

    Agreed about the brain racing through weird thoughts which are not connected, just as if you were zapping every 2 seconds on the tv, at night.
     
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  2. El Marin

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    When I stopped drinking I went to sleep.

    Then I wrote a blues: I woke up this morning.... I believe I'll dust my broom....

    Wait, it has been already written!
     
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  3. beagle

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    Stop drinking? Never going to happen. I don't get drunk, I don't have hangovers.
     
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    well said: "once the artificial joy wears off it just ends up being a hassle"...
    not completely, but I noticed that the euphoric effect of alcohol on me (50) is not the same as with 22....
     
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    I didn't quit drinking I stopped. (Quit makes it sound like you're a loser.)
    Be a winner and use your free will
    STOP is using your free will.
    Stopped going to jail on P.I's.
    Stopped getting fired from jobs
    Stopped finding excuses for my sad life to drink again
    Stopped getting beat up in strange places
    Stopped being a mouthy jerk with 2 black eyes
    Stopped 21 years ago.

    It didn't Stop me from ultimately paying some price for my bad behavior but thats not been decided by the forces of nature yet.

    No you dont have to stop drinking but eventually it will stop you.

    Good luck ::)
     
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  6. Bones

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    Lost all my "friends".

    Made new FRIENDS.
     
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  7. dan1952

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    After a few months the shaking hands had mostly gone away, though I still have some shakiness, due to essential tremor ( inherited from my mom). I wanted sweets, ice cream, candy, anything! Weird dreams, only sleep 3 hours at a time. No desire for alcohol of any kind, wheras before, I drank all day, every day, a half pint of vodka before breakfast, sipping on vodka all day!
    I feel better, my eyes are clear, I'm a lot friendlier, more tolerant of people ...
     
  8. P-Nutz

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    Five days in to no alcohol for a 10-week fitness challenge ... easily sucked down a bottle of red wine daily ... already sleeping WAY better and noticing my stomach being not as bloated (even though pretty fit at 59) ... Ms. Nutz has a single drink a night now that I'm not part-and-parcel ... we'll see what happens in ten ...
     
  9. blowtorch

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    I started waking up with the realization that was the best I was gonna feel all day o_O
     
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    I immediately had $40 more a week in spending money (1992 $s)
    I immediately became less good looking.
     
  11. RottenTheCat

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    Well, when I give up drinking, I usually just go to bed.

    Thankfully, Froggys and Dannys are both open at 6am.... It just depends on how far you care to walk.... Home that is.
     
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    I became a kinder, more intelligent and much more considerate person.
     
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    It took me a couple years to figure out my pattern. I'm a chain drinker. So, I didn't stop, I have a couple and switch to coffee, tea or water. That was when I was 25.

    First thing I noticed: bars and drunks are not attractive. I stopped going.

    #2: I stopped smelling like a beer can stuffed with cigarette butts.

    #3: I stopped dating ignorant sluts. :lol:
     
  14. TeleTown

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    No more DUIs, Fights, Kept my job long enough to retire, Passing out in strange places, Able to hold on to my drivers license, Have a wonderful family and home. Sober for 40+ yrs. and the good list goes on and on. Nothing but good came out of my giving up the BOOZE!
     
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    After 40 years of mostly heavy drinking, I got very depressed for well over a year
    Thank God I stuck it out, gradually came out of it, and today I have a great life.
     
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    Never tried, don’t go with the ‘all or nothing’ theories about everyday things, eating, drinking etc. I know when I’m striking a healthy balance diet wise or, rather, I know when I’m not! Binge drinking, no thanks, a JD couple of times a week if I fancy one, glass of wine with Sunday dinner. McDonalds every day will not do you any good, neither will you be healthy living in lettuce. If you’re vegan by choice and take the right supplements to top up your bodies needs, you’ll be OK I s’pose.
    Hardly a day goes past where someone doesn’t tell you they’ve ‘proved’ that XYZ is good and ABC is bad. Few years down the road, someone ‘proves’ the opposite. Cigarettes used to be sold on their health benefits!
     
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    Dating ignorant sluts is why I _started_ drinking!
     
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    At first, not drinking required conscious effort. After a while, it became the new normal. A new normal is really the goal. You stop wanting it. You stop looking for flashing lights in the rear view mirror. At least in my case, a point came where I stopped thinking about it and just went about my life. Life’s not perfect, but I deal with what goes wrong rather than use alcohol as an escape. With sobriety, whatever the new normal turns out to be, it beats being drunk by a mile.
     
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  19. basher

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    Stopping drinking kick-started my weight loss. I dropped around 50 pounds over the next year. I started sleeping better and waking up refreshed and clearheaded, not least because my sleep apnea went away. I got more emotionally stable -- less prone to depressive jags, bouts of rage or anxiety or self loathing, etc. My skin cleared up. I had more energy and felt better in my body, which made me want to do other things to support my health and well-being; most notably, I started doing yoga, which is one of the best gifts I've given myself. I'm 55 now and in great shape for a 30-year-old.

    All this is normal for me now. I still have a drink occasionally, and it makes me kind of blurry and muzzyheaded, and I wonder what the big deal was.
     
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    Minimum two six packs a day drinker. When I finally quit I felt sick for about six months. It took over a year to get to my new normal. I had forgotten what it felt like to wake up without a hangover. 34 years of sobriety, I’d never go back.
     
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