by Halley Suitt

A Matter Of Habit

Sat, 17 Jan 2004, 16:31

I was chatting with some folks on IRC about quitting drinking and replacing it with another habit. it is said that you often replace one bad habit with a worse habit, but I don't think there are too many worse habits than drinking. Perhaps we need to consider replacing drinking with a better habit.

I suggested replacing drinking with masturbation. I think masturbation is a highly underrated habit. The obvious comparisons right off the top are lower cost, easier access, less chance of running into a tree or over a cliff as a result of excessive jerking off. We've all heard of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, but really are there Mothers Against Excessive Jerking Off? (I know we Moms make half-hearted attempts to keep our kids hands outside of the covers the first few times they figure it out, but we give up in short order. We know when we are fighting a losing battle.)

Of course, there is the issue of social drinking versus social masturbation. Our society has grown all too comfortable with social drinking, which is not a good thing. Perhaps it's time to step up to the bar, so to speak, and promote social masturbation to take it's place. A nice friendly circle jerk might be the next big thing, but let's not stiffle innovation. We needn't insist on a circle. Surely a rectangle, an oval or even a dodecahedron will do.



Jan 17, 2004 7:05:26 PM
Radio Free Blogistan

Over a Joi Ito's new multiauthor We Quit Drinking weblog, Halley Suitt recommends replacing the vice of drinking with a "better habit": masturbation. From a hair of the dog to hairy palms. Sounds like a good trade to me....

Jan 18, 2004 3:09:42 AM

What happens when you take a bunch of web bloggers from various genres, styles and locations around the world......

Jan 18, 2004 12:07:00 PM
Martin's Alcoholic Diary


Jan 17, 2004 9:07:45 PM
1 - Marijo

Hello. I just found your blog through the link from Radio Free Blogistan. I had my last drink in May 1998, and now I work in the treatment business-- in a Dual-diagnosis treatment facility, to be exact, as a case manager. I wish you all well, and I'll be looking in from time to time.

Jan 18, 2004 4:02:19 AM
2 - Tom

This guy gave up a while back....

Jan 18, 2004 12:28:07 PM
3 - Martin

Hi to all of you - someone who had read my own blog passed on the URL to your site - keep with it guys - I'm currently reading back through your entries, but the masturbation one made me smile. :)

When I first gave up drinking, I felt the "ism" of alcoholism was deperately trying to find other ways out of me - spending money, sex, food - you name, it tried - it's been hard at times to control these, but then I've got an addictive personality so will always need to be careful.

Jan 18, 2004 11:15:27 PM
4 - Drew

I can relate to the addictive personality thing. I find that when I am acting out in some way, it is usually in response to some person, place, thing or feeling that I find to be unnacceptable or painful. For me, these 'non optimal stressors' are life's way of calling attention to something that needs to be addressed by me either by learning something, changing a behavior, performing a task or addressing a relationship. The best method I have found for figuring these things out is by writing about it in a specific format, and then reviewing what I have written with someone else who understands where I am coming from. I used to drink as a solution, and it worked very well for a while. Now that I don't do that any more, I need to make sure that I am not substituting something else in place of the drink, which addresses the symptom, but not the problem. Instead of solving the problem I simply create more for myself.

To paraphrase John Bradshaw: "Using alcohol to address alcoholism is like being on fire and running into the ocean to put it out, and then almost drowning to death" The same can be true for other vices that we substitute for alcohol - while not fatal, still damaging.

Jan 18, 2004 11:16:13 PM
5 - Drew

Oh yeah - I do like the masturbation idea ;-)

Feb 2, 2004 4:10:09 PM
6 - Dan

I smoke pot...Didn't substitute I don't think...always smoked pot since I was 16. Didn't start drink til 17 or 18. Pot's great in my opinion.... I'm devoid of a buzz when I want one, It wears off much more quickly than booze, not quite as likely to say offensive things or get naked with a really skanky chick. I'm a guy so I'd probably still get naked with a moderately skanky

Mar 7, 2004 1:46:16 AM
7 - Joe

Hi there,

A heavy beer drinker here, many years (today, 10 brews downed, starting at 10:45 a.m. -- had been starting at 6:30 a.m.) and I want & need to quit. My plan is to have the "10 day" as the first day in a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1-0 countdown. Any thoughts on this "weaning" approach, as opposed to quiting "cold turkey?" Are there any meds that can help, once at 0? Thanks in advance for your thoughts.


Mar 24, 2004 9:29:10 PM
8 - swig

Drinking is so much fun- i just don't understand why we have to feel the after effects of it-

I have been trying to quit for yonks- but it is just a fast and easy way to get happy- so everytnight my husband and i will kick up our heels pull out the cork have a ciggy handy and enjoy.

After 1 bottle- then another - the third sometimes even appear!

of course we feel the after effects the next day- and try doing this daily- you will feel physically sick of yourself- which is a great reason why one should hit the bottle again.

So I think the best reason to quit is to not just get rid of the habit- its to add new wonderful habits.

If every morning i will be doing something I am really excited about- not wrok related- i will remember and cherish the morning. As not drink the night before-

Just what would that be? it has to be so much more fun that having a drink and talk with my husband.

May 23, 2004 5:49:22 AM
9 - suzi

very informal......

Oct 5, 2005 3:58:22 PM
10 - Tom

Back in 1998 I knew that I had a bad drinking habit. I went to AA because I thought that they would teach me to drink responsibly. After I figured out what AA was all about I thought I could use bits and pieces of thier suggestions to limit my drinking. But just as they had told me, it only got worse, not better. So I left AA and had to go back out for more "reseasrch & development". I crawled back into the program in 1999. I knew thay were right. I had to completely surrender and admit to myself that it was destroying my life.
At that piont I relized that I could no longer drink any more for the rest of my life. The people in the program told me that that wasn't the case. That it was just one day at a time. After a while I had many one day at a times. I do admit, it was a struggle in the beggining. But I had to go to any length to get what they had, piece of mind. I went to meetings every day. sometimes two. I got involved with the program. And to my suprise it was working! It really works if you work it and follow the suggestions of the "old timers". After a while I no longer even thought about drinking. It was no longer a part of my life or my mind.
After a little over a year I stopped going to meetings because some people in the program were blowing my anonymity to my employees. Bad move on my part. I continued not drinking for the next five years. During that time some really good things started to occur just as it is written in the AA promises. I had a beautiful baby girl. I bought a house. Had a Beautiful woman in my life. I had a very good job. Life was very good to me.
But as we all know nothing lasts forever. Two months after I bought our house my girlfriend left me for someone else. But I did not have to drink over it. Although I was seriously depressed I di not feel the need for a drink. Drinking never solved anything. About a year later I lost my job of 11 years due to depression. STILL i did not have to drink over it. AT that time my ex and I tried to get back together. After all it would have been best for our child. That was most important to me, that she would grow up with a real family. After six months my girlfriend left me for the guy that she originally left me for. I was heart broken. It was at that time I deciced to pick up just one drink. You know, to ease the pain.But just as they had told me in AA it never goes away. It picked up exactly where it had left off. And it continued to get worse. I blew six yaers because of a foolish decision I had made. I knew better. But it was my sick mind that told me that I could just have one.
This past summer I have ended up in 5 hospitals due to my drinking. I lost my new job due to drinking. I am on the verge of losing my house and everthing I have due to my foolish decision.
Two weeks ago I left the detox at the local county hospital and crawled back into AA. I have not drank since. I do it one day at a time, jas I am supposed to. Hopefully I will never have to go through that hell in my life anymore. I won't as long as I stick with AA.
But more importantly I hope my message helps at least one person out there who is still suffering. AA really does work if you really want it to. You just have to want to go to any length to get it. Don't make the foolish mistake that I had. It's not worth it. Please take my advice and at least give it an honest try with an open mind. It is not a religous gruop nor a cult. It is a proven way of living alcohol free.
Best of luck to anyone that reads this and really wants to stop. AA works, but only if you work it.
Thank you for takingf the time to read my war story.


Jan 25, 2006 4:33:16 PM
11 - recife
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