I can relate so much to what's being said here. Dependency, habit. Yep, been there. The first few weeks, I had to get another habit at drinky time. My drink was 2 or 3 pints of cider each night, so I had pint glasses of mint tea to replace the cider. But I still had the pint glass to have by myside. Also funnily enough I went through the box set of The Sopranos. It took my mind off the cravings to watch something I could really get into rather than just the usual background telly. Everyone's different, but for me, replacing a bad habit with a better one works. I also lost 1 1/2 stone in weight and gained about thirty quid a week!
Thanks Elli. I don't think I will drink again. I too have had depression/anxiety issues and I think it was because of me drinking so much over a long period of time. I think it just messed my brain up. I had to stop altogether. A course of anti Ds sort of reset my brain if you like and over the past year I've felt more like I used to years ago, although not always out of the woods. It's great feeling bright and ready to go when I wake up now. It is very hard to get out of the 'drinking everyday' habit. For me, the first two weeks were hardest. Mmmm, I really miss real ale and when I see my mates drinking it I get a bit of an urge, but it passes. I'm a bit obsessive, so now I'm obsessed with not drinking. Elli, if you can get through January dry, you should be able to control your consumption down to a managable amount. Then I guess depending on what's going on in your life, hopefully you'll be able to make the decision on whether you want to abstain or just have a drink now and again. It may sound daft but in my weaker moments I think of celebs that I admire who've given up. I still do that now.
I jumped on the wagon Feb 2010. I had definately drunk my life's alcohol allocation and a fair bit more! And I'm still on on it. Yay! Guys, if I can do it, anybody can. Good luck and strong willpower to you all.