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  • dbanks80dbanks80 Member Posts: 3,657 Member Member Posts: 3,657 Member
    JenT304 wrote: »
    @dbanks80 You have been through a lot. Be encouraged that you cut your binge short. <3

    <3<3
  • FeelinFooFooFeelinFooFoo Member Posts: 4,643 Member Member Posts: 4,643 Member
    JenT304 wrote: »
    I went to lunch today (outdoors of course) with a friend I have not seen for a year, Thanks, Covid. We both had iced teas then she ordered a beer which was fine with me. The server, however, would not take no for an answer when I kept politely saying 'no, thank you'. He'd say, "wine? a cocktail? No? Are you sure? Can I twist your arm?" I think he thought he was being clever or funny and it really didn't bother me THAT much as I am feeling pretty happy NOT drinking, but if it had been another day and I was in a different frame of mind, it might have made me say, "oh why not?!" I just let it go but really, alcohol is so ingrained in our culture, people just find it surprising when you turn it down. Crazy.

    Plus, they make more money selling people alcoholic drinks. Can charge through the roof for some of these cocktails. And a glass of wine can cost as much as a bottle from local shops hah ! No wonder these places want everyone to keep on drinking. Not as much money to be made in sparkling water 😏😋
  • JenT304JenT304 Member Posts: 741 Member Member Posts: 741 Member
    So true, FooFoo. My bills eating out are MUCH cheaper now that I am not drinking. Like at least a third less.
  • Beka3695Beka3695 Member Posts: 3,664 Member Member Posts: 3,664 Member
    JenT304 wrote: »
    I went to lunch today (outdoors of course) with a friend I have not seen for a year, Thanks, Covid. We both had iced teas then she ordered a beer which was fine with me. The server, however, would not take no for an answer when I kept politely saying 'no, thank you'. He'd say, "wine? a cocktail? No? Are you sure? Can I twist your arm?" I think he thought he was being clever or funny and it really didn't bother me THAT much as I am feeling pretty happy NOT drinking, but if it had been another day and I was in a different frame of mind, it might have made me say, "oh why not?!" I just let it go but really, alcohol is so ingrained in our culture, people just find it surprising when you turn it down. Crazy.


    Several months ago, we were talking about how to decline. Someone said “Thanks, but I’ve reached my lifetime limit.” I have used this one and it works quite well.

    I have also found that when the table is dry they don’t press as bad as when just one person is dry. Maybe one day society will shift the norm.
  • RubyRed427RubyRed427 Member Posts: 2,974 Member Member Posts: 2,974 Member
    donimfp wrote: »
    I don't have advice, @Beka3695, but I want to say I'm so sorry you are going through this. 255 days is HUGE, and it sounds like the sobriety obviously has helped you think clearly. I feel sure that living in your truth can only lead eventually to positive things, but I'm sorry you have to go through this difficult transition time. I'm thinking of you.


    Have a great weekend! Thinking of you! <3
  • JenT304JenT304 Member Posts: 741 Member Member Posts: 741 Member
    I'm down 6.2 lbs due to no alcohol which led to sensible food choices and portion control. My annual physical is Jan 6 which is about 7 weeks away. I'm hoping to be down 20 and have my liver and cholesterol numbers in the excellent range. I like my Dr. so much I am doing it for her praise as much as for my own benefit. I promised her last year I would try and I don't want her to think I am not listening to her advice.
    @RubyRed427 You have totally got this. Glad you have a plan and have a great time!
    @FeelinFooFoo I am so proud and inspired by you! Great job!
    Have a great and healthy weekend, Everyone!
  • FeelinFooFooFeelinFooFoo Member Posts: 4,643 Member Member Posts: 4,643 Member
    RubyRed427 wrote: »
    Going scrapbooking this weekend! In the past, I would fill a big bag with a few bottles of wine and go "clinking" down the hotel hallway with bottles. One time, I made a mix drink for the girls that was pure alcohol and so tasty. I kept warning my friend, don't drink too much of this, it is strong. By the end of the night, she was throwing up.

    This year and last year, I arrived much lighter (no bottles) just some snacks to fill the cravings. If the girls go to the hotel bar, I will order a mock tail.

    @FeelinFooFoo Hooray! Three weeks is a lot!!! Yeah, don't ruin that streak and enjoy a good weekend not hungover!
    @Beka3695 Thinking of you! Maybe hang out with a good girlfriend and talk about the situation. Maybe write your husband a letter and let him know how you're feeling about his drinking.... See what he says.

    Yeah, who wants a hangover, anyway ?

    Hangovers SUCK!
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