Giving up the booze

Can I?!!!

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10/07/2013 at 21:48
Designer Handbags2 wrote (see)
Hi,If you're going to do it then IMO it's best to stop totally straightaway, not on a gradual basis.


Welcome DH2, but can I just point out that if someone is physically addicted to alcohol, 'just stopping' is a very bad idea.  Heroin withdrawal is something terrible to suffer with, but it's not as dangerous as 'just stopping' when you're physically addicted to alcohol.  What can happen is that alkies take fits, bash their heads and die or injure themselves.

Ideally, alkies get a medically supervised detoxification in a treatment centre; 2nd best is a supervised home detox from the alcohol counselling services; but in reality GPs often palm alkies off with low dosages of Valium (to prevent fits) and some oral vitamins for a self administered 'home detox'.

Other alkies taper off (very difficult to do) over a few days and then stop.

It's why my GP told me not to stop drinking.  I remember thinking, "Mrs EDI isn't going to believe me when I tell her what the doctor told me!!" 

It took another few years of drinking before I did actually stop though.

If anyone is in any doubt about whether they're physically addicted to alcohol, or not, then their GP is the best person to see.  Or if you don't want anything on your medical records, contact your local drugs 'n' alcohol counselling services for some advice.

Edited: 10/07/2013 at 21:50
11/07/2013 at 10:29

Morning everyone.  Not happy this morning, the result is back in and they have placed them on the same band as they are currently on.  So it appears that you get paid as much for sitting on your ar*e in a office answering phones as you do putting yourself on the front line as a lone worker, getting abused by patients, risking catching dodgy diseases and doing a physically demanding job.  The NHS is a fecking joke.  Only Mr TST's boss can appeal the decision, so waiting to see what he says about it all.  Funnily enough they've been asking Mr TST to train new people and take on more responsibility as he's so experienced at the job, for the same money of course; somehow I don't think he'll be saying yes to that now. 

How did your son get on Trigger?

11/07/2013 at 13:10

Sorry to hear that TST.  Hardly seems fair but these days nothing fails to surprise me anymore.  Son did ok yesterday - it was one of those "group" interviews so we just have to wait and see now whether he's called back to progress further.  Can't uncross those fingers just yet

11/07/2013 at 14:35

Sorry to hear that too TST, hope the boss puts in an appeal.

Keeping the fingers crossed trigger

12/07/2013 at 13:36

Afternoon everyone   Bit more chirpy today!  Andy's line manager was really annoyed about how the banding came back and is going through the information we were sent to see where she thinks they should have graded it higher.  We will be appealing   Mr TST spoke to a paramedic mate of his who was initially banded two bands down from what was expected and on appeal it went up to where it should have been, and someone else in a different bit of the department was also raised two bands on appeal so it would seem it's quite common to be underbanded.  Mr TST isn't able to speak to his boss properly until Monday, but he will be telling him they are appealing, whether he likes it or not!

Lets hope he hears back that he's got a second interview Trigger.  Hate those group ones, not sure how they can tell anything about a person by those.

So am feeling a bit pleased with myself at the moment; I've managed to deal with the whole week without having a massive food binge, which is a huge thing for me and I'm hoping it's a good sign.  I also got up early this morning and started Jillian Michaels 30 day shred, which was a bit of a killer, but not as bad as I'd expected.  Back to running tomorrow as well, panicking a bit as my 5k event is on 21 July and I've not run in nearly two weeks because of the problem with my back.  Think I'm going to do something like run 3, walk 2 and repeat until I've done 3 miles and see how it goes.  If it goes ok then I'll try run 4, walk 2 on Monday.  Feeling more nervous about this than I did the VLM!

Hope everyone else is ok

14/07/2013 at 19:18

Things seem quiet around here!  Sinbad, how's it going?  TST how's the back to running going?  Trigger; did your son get that job?

Me?  Just back from a fell racing weekend in the Brecons; man was it hot!!  1st day a race up Pen Y Fan, 2nd day a 10 miler up and around the Fan Y Big Horseshoe (on very tired legs).  1st race started at midday, the 2nd race started at 11.00 am; so we didn't avoid the heat.

Brilliant weekend though; highly recommend it.  Loads of us camped in a local farmers field; we had a big fire going, food and a laugh; Mrs EDI won some beer and wine, but we gave that away.  I don't want to drink often, but I did kind of miss it then, but I guess I've drank my quote, and more.  **sigh**

14/07/2013 at 20:40

Well done EDI, that must have been so hot.  Camping sounded great fun

Hot here too but there was no running, in the sea yesterday and ice skating today, much cooler

19/07/2013 at 13:54

Gosh, quiet on here!  Is everyone out in the sunshine?! 

So, have my 5k on Sunday, luckily it's at 9am so hopefully won't be too hot. It's two laps of a local town centre so Mr TST can be on standby on the course with a water bottle for when I go past as I doubt they'll have a water station for a 5k.  Am getting a bit nervous already so I'll be terrible by Sunday morning!  Did 2.5 miles yesterday as run 5, walk 2 and then a slow 2 mile trott this morning as pretty much a whole run!  Took me nearly 30 minutes to do 2 miles and I had a little walk break at 20 minutes, but I'm absolutely stoked as I've not run for 20 minutes without a problem for over a year!

19/07/2013 at 14:34

Go TST, hope your 5k goes ok on Sunday  Which one is it?


19/07/2013 at 15:55

Hi All,

Sorry for not posting hope its okay to post still?

TST Cinder's trigger2 EDI been browsing your posts some good running going on.

Mine has come to a full stop, so I will not do Blackpool. Instaed I'm just going to concentrate on the 5k PR. I did one when I was on the boat in Scarborough in 45.27, nearly a minuet faster than my previous PB.

I have seen the nurse at On Trak, and due to see the alcohol DR on the 12th August. All blood tests etc are ok, so I'm going to give the tablets a go, although the side effects are feeling sick and feeling sedated. I just want to get and keep off the booze.

I don't have the internet at home at the min, BT internet is too strong a wireless signal, and my laptop has given up the ghost. So I will be in library for time being.

Glad to see people are doing so well.

Hope its okay for me to resume posting?

19/07/2013 at 18:47

Hi All,

Tablet pc seems to be working ok for now.

Welcome DH2.

I agree with EDI. That some people do seem to be more addictive to drugs and alcohol than others. With the fits side, I had a seizure walking across the rd a couple of weeks ago. Luckily people helped me, and after about an hour, I was able to grab a cab home.

From reading on seizuers, you can die from them. But again I stress, beating drugs and alcohol is in my opinion is a life long battle, you just don't know what life may tthrow at yourself, at any time.

On a positive side, i,m startng group and some cbt work at On Trak next week, and something NLP. Neuro linguistic Programing. The idea being that you may be able to learn, words, phrases, when you have the urge to drink or take drugs. I will see how that works.

Hope everyones okay. And winning their own personal battle with the booze?

20/07/2013 at 21:23

Hi All,

Good luck ith your run tommorow trigger2.

EDI did you say you had a run to?

Hope all okay?


21/07/2013 at 07:47

Morning!  Thanks Sinbad - watch out for the race on tv as Paula Radcliffe is now running!

Good luck TST - keep chipping away at it and you'll be fine!

21/07/2013 at 09:10


Have a good run trigger

21/07/2013 at 13:31

Hi All,

What channel? 


21/07/2013 at 18:09

Probably be on the news at some stage today Sinbad - she was in the front line with Sporty Spica and Victoria Pembleton.

Managed to get round in 48:33 for the 5 miles and my target time was 50 so happy with that - freakily my bib number was 4829 so almost matched that!  The course wasn't all that great - the whole place is a huge building site at the moment but we did run around the velodrome and I finished on the Olympic track.  The course was also quite narrow in places - no more than 5 abreast and a lot of elbows in play.

Hope you're all enjoying the fabulous weather.  It's only one degree cooler here than it is in Cyprus and I'm heading off there on Wednesday.

21/07/2013 at 19:17

Well done Trigger  Good time too

Lol at the weather.  We've had a cool sea mist rolling down the road all day.

Not minded though as little C been in his first show for the theatre school doing his street dancing so we've been indoors.

Enjoy Cyprus...we are off to Spain on Friday 

23/07/2013 at 14:56

Hi All,

Glad you got in under your time trigger2.

Wow your botth off on holiday, enjoy the holiday both of you.

I been realising what I been doing regarding my running. I noticed I was only running to get fit enough then going to the pub inbetween. Since then, a couple of weeks ago, I have not run, I miss it. So i hope to start again by the end of this wee.

I hope your little c does well with the dancing Cinder's.

I hope Wednesday night to a pre-8 week course, one you may want to do before following the de tox program. That depends on my new cash card arriving. Thursday, I hope to go to a life coaching group. Both depends, on my cash card arriving, and I manage to go, i never realised it would be to stop, and go to groups.

I'm going to have another go training for the Manchester marathon, and try and follow the Hal Higdon 30 week training schedule.

Hope youal all okay, it seems quiet in this thread at the minute.

24/07/2013 at 12:09

Hi All,

I'm in the pub, and I'm having a soft drink, then the dreaded weekly shop.

I'm hoping to back on the roads Thursday.

I hope all are okay, and are about to or are enjoying their holiday.

24/07/2013 at 15:49

Hope you got the shopping done ok sinbad

Just about to start packing....

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