by Halley Suitt

Still Not Drinking

in Social Issues

Thu, 10 Jun 2004, 12:21

Just wanted to mention I'm still not drinking after stopping in October 2003, starting February 2004 and quitting March 2004. It's June now. Doesn't seem very long, but I know this is it, I won't go back. I'm just glad to be clean and clear of it.

It was letting me do other dumb, irresponsible stuff that I don't do anymore. That alone was worth it.

If you want to really get encouraged, read some of the terrible stuff about the damage drunk drivers have done and can do. And admit it -- you have driven under the influence -- all of us have at one time or another.

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Jun 11, 2004 5:02:24 AM

Congratulations! I sometimes hear it said that the far end of the next binge could be death, jails, institutions -- or worse. When I hear, "-- or worse," I think about killing a child while driving drunk and having to live with it for the rest of my life.

Jun 29, 2004 7:22:33 PM

Hey. I really enjoy reading your posts. I was wondering if you might be interested in exchanging links with me. I have a similar recovery blog (just started it) at http://beanonymous.blogspot.com/ . Look forward to hearing from you.

Jul 4, 2004 3:48:34 AM
3 - fran

CONGRATS HAILEY!ALL I HAVE TO DO IS REMEMBER THE HOPELESSNESS AND DESPAIR I FELT THE LAST MONTHS OF MY DRINKING.I DON'T EVER WANT TO BE THERE AGAIN.

Jul 4, 2004 3:48:50 AM
4 - fran

CONGRATS HAILEY!ALL I HAVE TO DO IS REMEMBER THE HOPELESSNESS AND DESPAIR I FELT THE LAST MONTHS OF MY DRINKING.I DON'T EVER WANT TO BE THERE AGAIN.

Jul 23, 2004 12:20:03 PM
5 - david b

are you still not drinking? what method are you using?

Nov 9, 2004 10:58:37 AM
6 - scottz

good luck to all of you!

Nov 21, 2004 11:12:39 PM
7 - DJ

[quote]you have driven under the influence -- all of us have at one time or another. [quote]

Sorry, I'm a drunk (a very devoted drunk and long term drunk) but I'm very proud to admit that I have never operated a car or any other vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. HOW MUCH DOES IT TAKE FOR YOU TO CALL A CAB TO THE BAR AND BACK???

The difference between you and me, I think, is that apparently you think the rest of the world should be potential victims of your genetic or personal disability. Me? I totally admit that I have a problem. However, I'm very well aware of it and would never put other people or their children in danger as a result of my problem. You should go re-examine your conscience.

Dec 10, 2004 9:37:50 AM
8 - mat

Ok DJ-

watch out. don't be a "superior" recovering alcoholic. that is so easy to do. some people can't afford cabs. why? because drinking has destroyed their finances. that's why. we don't all live in cities either. there is no such thing as a taxi where i live. it is easy to develop a superiority complex when you stop drinking. i have been guilty of it myself...

Feb 17, 2005 4:25:08 PM
9 - Bill

I just quit today, for the last time.

Feb 25, 2005 10:21:25 AM
10 - justanothermother

55 days and going strong. Not bad. Feels good.

May 15, 2005 3:06:23 PM
11 - Sister

just checking if I can post

May 15, 2005 3:11:01 PM
12 - Sister

OK, it worked.
I want to quit drinking. I don't "binge" often...many times I will have a few social drinks and go home, no problem. But every now and again I give myself permission to go all out and I just indulge. This has led to two DUI's and many other incidents of driving drunk, the worst lately I did something I really regret while drunk.
I'm tired of feeling hung over and being embarassed of myself. I'm self concious becasue I'm sure others think I have a social drinking problem and I hate waking up and wondering if I looked stupid the night before. Hangovers are so aweful, I feel so emotionally unstable.
Wish me luck becasue I'm going to face that I have a problem and just don't drink responsibly so I'm cutting it out.
Lately too, my one glass of wine at night turns into three which is half the bottle or more and I do that a few times a wekek alone.....I feel like it creeps up.

May 16, 2005 8:50:13 AM
13 - Pat

Hi Sister,

good luck, it is tough, but you can do it...check out the I quit message board, rational.org, and/or any other resource that you think will assist.

warm regards,

pat

Feb 16, 2006 10:14:45 AM
14 - Carol

I am so sick of meeting me with alcohol addictions. Is there not any people that don't have hangups. Most I find are Irish however they all seem to not be able to express themselves or communicate which makes them more vulnerable to bottling up themselves. Maybe that's why they can relate so easily to the bottle. Any thoughts on this. Do men have more of a tendency to not express themselves therefore they need to turn to the bottle to release their emotions. Trying to figure it out.

Sep 12, 2006 9:56:41 AM
15 - Adamus99
Sep 15, 2006 4:39:35 AM
16 - Rob

Does anyone read this stuff? Adamus99 is listed on the recent comments list as blogging about still not drinking.. now I don't understand the language.. but I can sure recognize quite a few words??? Hello?

Sep 15, 2006 4:39:36 AM
17 - Rob

Does anyone read this stuff? Adamus99 is listed on the recent comments list as blogging about still not drinking.. now I don't understand the language.. but I can sure recognize quite a few words??? Hello?

Oct 23, 2008 10:57:48 AM
18 - michelle

check :)

Oct 23, 2008 11:04:45 AM
19 - michelle~click over here

I hope that everyone figures out where we have gone.It's too bad that all of our post have disappeared into cyberspace. I'll let Jas know where we are. Hope everyone is well:)

Oct 24, 2008 9:17:49 AM
20 - Richard

Hi,
Day 69. It is great to be back gang! Let's hope we can hang here for a while. FYI. I was able to see our "old" forum in the "preview" section( What happens...). I saved the entire text-so all of our old posts are saved. I should be able to email someone if we want to post them on a new blog at some point. OR I could try to post them here????
Been doing good. Went to a Jazz club last night to hear some friends play-a big test! I was fine, in fact very relaxed. Really encouraged by this. The hardest part for me is approaching folks rationally who are under the influence. I'm not passing judgement-just trying to figure out what they are saying. I'm somewhat gullible still in that department. I also am noticing that folks(even friends) don't always like it if they ask you if you would like a drink and you say no. They aren't mad just somewhat suspicious.....
It sort of feels like folks drinking are almost communicating on a different frequency. Hope everyone is doing well and welcome back!
All the best to all!
Richard

Oct 24, 2008 7:50:29 PM
21 - Michelle 25 months

hello richard~ glad that you found this. I like your idea of posting what you managed to save, on here. When I look back on the first day that I posted I can't believe what hell I was going through w/ my husband and his drinking. It was just awful. Jasmine got me through a tough time and I think that we will always be cyberspace friends because of it. ( luv ya jas) And now today, my husband is out at a friends house 2 towns away, jamming and then going to the bar w/ him. My husband will drive because his friend got a DUI not to long ago and doesn't have a license. I am not worried one bit about him drinking. He'll have a couple of Labatte's NA and be satisfied. Personally I could never do that. I would want the real thing. My husband does not put any pressure on his friend not to drink, or suggest that he quit. He just makes sure that he has a safe ride home. I try to discourage taking him to a bar, but what can I do.
I am going Salmon fishing tomorrow morning. I have no idea what I am doing and neither does the girl I am going with. Should be a blast though.
You did great the other night by the way. Hanging out w/ friends and not drinking is easy when you are on the right track. And you definately are. I e-mailed you a link to a blog that I made. You should check it out.

Oct 24, 2008 8:56:16 PM
22 - Richard

Hi Michelle,

Congratulations on 25 Months! Fantastic! Checked out the blog-have to figure out how to sign up/post....... No dice on the old blog posting, it is to big. I have it just the same if interested. Have fun Fishin!
All the best to all!
Richard

Oct 24, 2008 10:49:56 PM
23 - rogerlv

Day 38

Michelle~~ Richard~~ It's great to be back! I have taken quite a journey since the old blog, or whatever you call it, disappeared. I've been searching and searching for something similar to this format, but gave up - quite frustrated. Then I came back to WQD and stumbled onto this blog.

I'm hanging in there, but have noticed that at about five weeks of not drinking, I am starting to get TOO frustrated over relatively small stuff. So far, I'm dealing with it with exercise and taking walks.

I was so excited to find this blog that I've haven't read your posts yet. I'll do that now, and quickly put this into my favorites so that I don't lose it.

Roger

Oct 25, 2008 6:07:28 PM
24 - michelle

Not a single bite salmon fishing today. I did however catch a 26in. Pike at my favorite fishing spot when I got home. I guess that they are good eating if someone knows how to properly clean them. Lots of bones. I threw it back :)
Glad that you found us rogerlv, hang in there, your doing great. We all get frustrated. It's just part of the process. You might be at the phase where you start thinking that "maybe" you can control it now, and have "just one". If thats the case, don't give in. be strong and keep doing what your doing.

Oct 25, 2008 8:36:38 PM
25 - Richard

Hi,
Day 70. Well said Michelle- The voice creeps in once in a while. "You can have just one... What's the
big deal, lighten up-live a little... We all know where that scenario ends up-that's why we are here.
I have found that a change in diet, supplements, going to the gym and affirmations/prayer really make a huge difference. Hope everyone is having a great weekend.
All the best to all,
Richard