On The Wagon For January

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02/01/2007 at 15:29
I have 3 bottles of champagne on the top of my fridge which keep calling to me everytime im in the kitchen, no way im chucking them down the sink but i'll ask hubby to hide them when he gets back from work. Mmmm....i can just taste the bubbles
02/01/2007 at 15:40
heres a question then - does alcohol have addictive qualities or is it just the habit that we are slaves to?
02/01/2007 at 15:42
Both Jason

The habit is the hardest hing for me to break after a month or so I have lost the taste

I mean honestly how many people try and alcoholic drink for the first time and go YUMMY - we acquire the taste because we think we ought to
02/01/2007 at 15:50
I don't think its addictive itself but i think its the mind numbing qualities that are addictive to someone with an depedent personality.
I LOVE it cus it relaxes me and i can say 'bo****ks' to my worries. Its a depressant tho isn't it, so the morning after for me is usually quite dull and im very anxious!
02/01/2007 at 15:58
Yep, it's defo the relaxing affect it has on me that I'm addicted to! Teaching full time, sorting my kids out (4&6 years so still very dependent), squeezing in runs wherever I can ..... hectic, hectic, hectic! Then 8:00 kids asleep, I manage to get to sit down for the first time in the day and talk to my bottle of wine ;-)
02/01/2007 at 16:04
running caz, this sounds so familiar. Once boys are in bed by 7.30pm, we usually pop the cork and watch a film. You can get some alcohol free wines/bucks fizz that taste lovely you know. We had a bucks fizz on new Years day for brekkie that tasted like champagne but it was blood orange.
I think it was waitrose
02/01/2007 at 16:13
Good question Jason.
A bit of both in my case I think.
Work hard all day and a relaxing drink at the end of the day is the reward you give yourself. That's why I can't see myself going completely teetotal.
I just want to be able to say, 'no, I won't have a drink tonight' and forget about it, instead of having those craving thoughts. I know, I'll buy a Nintendo DS and get hooked on video games instead!
Duck Girl    pirate
02/01/2007 at 20:17
<pops in>
good luck everyone - may your orange juice not be too gloopy :)
</pops out>
02/01/2007 at 20:25
Evening, fellow abstainers, and welcome Caz, Jason, Medals et al. Cutting down at any level is a good thing, whether you cut it out completely or not, so stick at it.

Day 2 passing without problem (so far!!) despite being back at work and finding the change in routine hard to get to grips with.

Good luck everyone and just think of the calories/money saved and health benefits.

<descends from soapbox>

02/01/2007 at 20:27
yes 2 down and less than 30 to go now
02/01/2007 at 20:38
Yep, pretty confident I'll make it through tonight. Not long back from a run and trying to busy myself with mara programmes, training diaries, Garmins and oh yeah, best get some work ready for tomorrow :-)

..... it has been 42 hours now :-)

Good luck all
02/01/2007 at 20:50
Hi All
I went to the gym at 5 til 6 then did 30 lengths in the pool, got home and started on teh ironing...its all go go go.
Did fancy a drink but had a glass or two of Diet Coke with Cherry in a wien glass....it felt special. Having yet another early night tonight.

See you all for day 3 tomorrow
02/01/2007 at 21:31
“Alcohol Addiction, or dependence, is defined as having at least 3 of the following signs: a tolerance for alcohol (needing increased amounts to achieve the same effect), withdrawal symptoms, taking alcohol in larger amounts that was intended or over a longer period of time than was intended, having a persistent desire to decrease or the inability to decrease the amount of alcohol consumed, spending a great deal of time attempting to acquire alcohol, and finally, continuing to use alcohol even though the person knows there are reoccurring physical or psychological problems being caused by the alcohol”

It is addictive on at least three different levels:

1. Physical addiction – the body ‘needs’ a constant supply of alcohol to enable it to function without withdrawal symptoms such as craving, tremors, lack of concentration, mood swings, anxiety, inability to sleep etc
2. Psychological or habitual addiction – The person’s routine involves the regular consumption of alcohol, by abstaining from drink the person is attempting to break a routine that has become normalized (Daily runners will know this feeling when for reasons they cannot control they are unable to run for a few days) It is difficult to break patterns of behavior that have evolved over a number of years – especially when the habit involves a short term pleasurable reward
3. Socially addictive – The person who consumes alcohol in social situations with friends such as at the pub or watching sporting events and finds it difficult to relax or enjoy these situations without alcohol.


The reason why I want to pack in is because of my health. I’ve been a drinker for over 20 years and have abstained for two periods of 8 months (2002) and 9 months (2006 – I started drinking again in October). I’ve developed episodic arrhythmia and there is some evidence that alcohol may be a trigger (it also happened when I was ‘dry’ – so I’m not so sure)

I’m quite sure I’ve a slight physical addiction because I get tetchy for a week or so when I begin to abstain and find it difficult to sleep without at least a small single malt (about a treble pub measure!). I do quite a lot of cooking and always enjoy a couple of glasses of red wine whilst I make the tea. I also visit the pub two or three times a week and put away between 3 and 5 pints of Guinness – this is the bit I’ll miss most because I’ve some excellent drinking buddies.

So here’s to a dry January; if anyone wants to email me for support when they are feeling weak - be my guest.
03/01/2007 at 07:41
Good Luck everyone.

We talked about this last night and Mr H also thought it was a good idea and has decided not to drink at home during January. He doesn`t want to stop completely due to work functions, but as many have already said whether it is cutting down or stopping completely, it all helps.
03/01/2007 at 07:59
Day 2 - slight craving about 10pm watching 'This Life' soon passed over

Late lectures tonight - usually followed by pub (This will be hard)
03/01/2007 at 08:18
First test chez JARS tonight.

Visitors for dinner..who are capable of consuming a lot of wine.

I phoned then last night to confirm all, and in a jokey way let them know we are on the dry ...


Do I still provide wine for them...or do I go the whole hog !

Not sure if I will resist if it's there in front of me !

Hmm...
03/01/2007 at 08:27
Question: can I still cook with red wine? I'm assuming this is drinking not cooking with alcohol that we are stopping? Or my beouf bournignon is going to be dull at the weekend.

Aside from that I think I shall find it much easier than a lot of the posters as I can go for a good week without having a drink anyway.
03/01/2007 at 08:47
Yes, did it!
First night last without a drink since, well, I can't remember. I don't think I could have done that without the help of this message board. Thank you guys! Like you Corinthian, I had a craving around 10.00. Had another glass of Scholer and went to bed.
I'm definatley still using red wine in my cooking. All the alcohol's burned off.
03/01/2007 at 08:49
Mouse - as the alcohol will boil off during cooking then I don't think that there is any problem with bourginon.

It will be hard to eat, though, without a nice glass of Bordeaux, and stay off the sherry trifle!
03/01/2007 at 08:54
I'd suggest that cooking with alcohol should be permitted otherwise my pork chops in cider and beef and ale pie will be awful - just remember not to finish off the remains of the bottle or can!

- and Gin with cornflakes is taking this a step too far!
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