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Giving up the booze

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 13:04

Before I got my first sober 24 hours in, there had not been one single day in the previous 8 years (at least) where I'd been sober.

I know what it's like to try and stay sober with white knuckles.  You notice all the TV adverts advertising booze.  You notice all the different areas they sell booze in the supermarkets.  You notice a lot of stuff that you don't notice when you're drinking.

I also know it's like Japanese water torture and it kept on 'dripping' till I snapped and drank.  They say that when we stop drinking that we feel better.  And we do.  We feel anxiety better, depression better, anger better; time just goes so slow.  

Fitness works, to a point, and like a drug, eventually it stops working.

Well done on the four months and sorry for my negativity.  I see alkies all the time who try to do this on their own, and the results aren't usually good.

Giving up the booze

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 00:37

If you find you can't overcome 'these obstacles', which I'm inferring you mean a drinking problem, then please, seek help.  Four days sober is no big deal you know?  Sorry, but it just isn't.  Anyone can stop drinking, staying stopped was what I found hard.  The thing about being sober is that time goes slowly, I felt restless, irritable and discontented; I didn't know what to do with myself.  Anxiety and stress wore me down till I snapped and started drinking.  Then once I started, I usually finished the job.

And as the years ticked by, my alcoholism just got progressively worse; that's pretty normal.

I found my solution in A.A., but there's lots of different organisations and programs around; honestly, if you find you can't do it by yourself, start investigating some outside help.

And that's not a bad 10k time too.

Giving up the booze

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 22:54

Ha ha; I had to think about that one for a second, Jonnie.  No, mate, but I'm planning to be Enlightened by the Summer.


How are you doing?

Giving up the booze

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 23:51

Ah, the quote function is annoying; or my Geordiness means I don't understand it!


Giving up the booze

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 23:50
Hi all, sorry I haven't posted in yonks! 
senorb wrote (see)

My alcohol problem is seven day a week consumption for a release of tension.  I like the mild effect but then when I count weekly units, I find that I have drunk four times or more the suggested limit.  Of course, once a month or maybe more, my degree of drunkenness is greater than simple tension release.

You have some insight into why alcoholics drink (I'm not saying you are one).  Alkies don't drink because we like the flavour of booze, we drink for the effect.  And we always pick up our first drink SOBER.  It's our sober feelings that are the problem - you describe yours as stress - and what we do is use booze as a solution to that problem.

Feelings are powerful things; they really do drive us to do stuff.  For me, I could stay sober for a while, but my sober feelings were like Japanese water torture and I'd snap and drink.  And once I started drinking I found it difficult to moderate.  I actually craved for more booze once I'd had one-or-two.

This locked me into cycle of hard drinking for a lot of years.

Brecon to Cardiff Ultra

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 10:13

Thanks GeeeM.

I can't say I'm looking forward to it, to be honest!  I once did the Gower coastal marathon 28.2 miles, and I didn't enjoy that either.

It's my missis, she ropes me into these things.  She can't stand seeing me sitting on my arse doing nothing.  If we ever split up, I will NEVER date a runner again.

I'd better get out for my Sunday run then, the one that follows yesterdays 18 miler. 

Brecon to Cardiff Ultra

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 19:54

I'm doing this with Mrs Easy, as our first ultra.  She's fit, I'm fat, so I'm hoping to just get around within the 12 hour cut off limit.

Is the first part along the route of the 16 mile Roman Trail run into Merthyr? 

Giving up the booze

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 11:06

I've seen guys - who just stop drinking and do little else in the way of recovery - have a gambling habit that gets out of hand.  Over-eating is another common one.  One guy I know split with his wife and started womanising; at one stage he had about seven women on the 'go'.  He was 'on the sick', still getting paid from work, and focussed all his attention on meeting women from the internet.  A guy I sponsor is a member of three 12 Step fellowships (Over-eater's Anonymous, Sex-addicts Anonymous, and Alcoholics Anonymous).  Some of the stuff he's told me - and I'm broad minded - even shocked me.  He's a lovely guy though, well educated, charming - Mrs Tosh loves him - but under that friendly exterior lurked a real monster.

My preoccupation - which I'm pleased about - was developing an almost foaming-at-the-mouth interest in spiritual practises.  I've calmed down a bit now, but it took a few years.  I'm planning on being enlightened by Christmas and becoming the first ever Geordie Buddha.  I think that's pretty cool.

Giving up the booze

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 09:37
Runner Jonnie wrote (see)
 i used to blame me acting like a idiot on the booze now i am acting like a negative lazy so and so with no excuse , so i need therapy, running helps loads but keep getting little injuries that set me back and i am starting to feel very frustrated and not a nice person to be around

A.A. refers to the alcoholic who has stopped drinking, but who still demonstrates alcoholic attitudes and behaviours, as a 'dry drunk' (I don't like the phrase myself). Such individuals are said to have sobriety but not recovery. 

Things like depression, anxiety, irritability, anger, restlessness etc are very very common for alkies who 'put the plug in the jug' but do little else in the way of recovery.

The thing is, booze isn't the problem, it's the way we feel sober that's the REAL problem.  We use booze as a solution to treat that problem.

Good luck with the counselling, Jonnie, and trust me, you sound very normal to me.  I really identify with what you're going through.

Giving up the booze

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 19:19

I once bonked on a tough long-run.  It was Summer, hot, and I thought I'd not need any fuel for my run (I thought I was hard hahahaha).  About 12 miles into the run, up a steep hill which goes on forever (it was through the Wye Valley) I felt like I was running through treacle.

I ended up eating what I could find on a sparse roadside blackberry bush, then another mile down the road I ended up in civilisation and there was a plum tree overhanging a garden wall.  I must've eaten about 20 of those plums; they were the sweetest, most loveliest fruit I've ever stolen.  I was a bit worried about the effect they'd have on my bowels with another 5 miles to go to get home, but I couldn't stop myself from eating them.  I was okay though.

Good luck with the December marathon.

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