(Closed) Wherein I choose to be socially unacceptable… (or my sober August)

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: Could you go a month without alcohol?
    Heck yeah, easy as pie! : (106 votes)
    59 %
    Hmmm, I am not sure, but would give it a try! : (35 votes)
    19 %
    Nope, not a chance, nor would I try. : (15 votes)
    8 %
    I don't drink anyway... : (25 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    654 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Good for you!  I’ve given up alcohol for Lent and have done Sober October.  I’ll have to admit, I think I gave myself a few cheat days in there.  Good luck fighting those cravings and the temptations that you’ll have all around you!

    Post # 5
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    5784 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I tried giving up alcohol the month before the wedding and failed. Turns out I really enjoy a cold bottle of beer on Sundays or a glass of wine Friday night. I was giving it up mostly to watch my weight and decided I’d rather avoid bread/rice.

    Also, I didn’t get ridiculed at all. My friends thought it was a great idea.

    Post # 6
    Member
    7431 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    Good luck with it! I don’t know that I could do it, as I love a beer or a glass of wine after a long day. Especially in the summer…I think I could probably do it easier if it were winter time

    Post # 8
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    1927 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I’ve done it before.  I find that you want alcohol a lot more when you are actively deciding NOT to have it.  The first week is definitely the hardest.  Then you are sort of over it.  Most of the people around you have accepted that you’ve chosen to stick with it and they can’t talk you out of it and they leave you alone.

    Honestly though, I probably wouldn’t do it again.  I’m also really only a social drinker (i.e. hubs and I almost never drink at home… we only drink when we are out to dinner or at a party of something).  So it’s not like I need to cut back.  The only reason I did it was to see if it would help me lose weight and it really did not work.  I think it probably didn’t work since it’s not a huge part of my life to begin with.

    Post # 9
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    7779 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    It’s been almost a month for me! My last beer was on July 8/9, can’t remember which. I found out I was pregnant right after that so I had a different motivation, but I haven’t found it super hard so far.

    Keep going! You can do it!

    Post # 10
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    3525 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I think it’s been about a month and a half since I last had a drink. My usuals are vodka and Coke or gin rickeys, which I kind of miss, but money’s been tight lately and I can’t justify spending $3-4 on one drink!

    Post # 12
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    4803 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I’m the opposite – I never drink alcohol and am totally addicted to pop, I’ve tried to quite before but it never lasts longer than a few days (if I’m lucky).

    Post # 13
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    5118 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’m not a big drinker anymore (I got all of that out of my system early) Embarassed So not drinking is pretty easy as you go along with it. I’m just a mama-hen, I want to make sure everyone’s got a safe way home…that’s usually me. Ha. I’ll go out intending to have a few with the crew, but if everyone’s drinking, I’ll just pass.

    They’ll be used to your not-drinking soon and it won’t be comment worthy anymore. And if someone really harps on the issue, just ask them if this is how supportive they’d be of someone in recovery or doing this for health issues. They really don’t know all the reasons a person may be abstaining, so kindly reminding them of that may help them think twice before commenting.

    Post # 15
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    3525 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    @7SEVENJ9: I used to get things like Washington Apples or daiquiris (yeah, I like me some girly drinks), but those were in the $5-7 range. Considering how many drinks it takes to even get remotely buzzed, it adds up! A lot of the bars around here mix really weak drinks, too, so it’s sort of a letdown when you spend even $3 or $4.

     

    Post # 16
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    2104 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I all but quit drinking alcohol this year. I am perpetually dieting, and frankly, I’d rather eat things that I can chew than to drink calories. Of course I have exceptions…holidays, generally. I don’t drink at just any random bbq, but if it’s 4th of July, yeah, I’m going to have some beer. It really hasn’t been hard for me. Hard for ME is not eating brownies and ice cream every day for every meal…or rather AFTER every meal. LOL. I guess it’s is sort of just like dieting, though. Temptation willl always be just around the corner…when it strikes, you have to have little dialogue with yourself to remember why it’s important for you to stick with the choice you made.  Good luck! I know you can do it! I think it’s great that you’ve been able to see the positives that come from not drinking!

     

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