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For how long? How did you find it? Did it affect your social life?
I think it is.
you used to be so good at this stuff. It's sad when your heroes put out one more album than they should have done.
it was ok. Didn't effect it too much.
Need to do something like this actually, drinking a bit frequently atm.
It was fine. Then I decided I liked the occasional beer with dinner, so I stopped.
it was pretty easy tbh, but it made going to parties really shit
for like a day! LOL!
yeah, two hands and only one mouth! LOL!1!
when I did a 30 day yoga challenge. But, it wasn't hard as I am not a big drinker. Well, I wasn't until I started to hang out more with the botches.
I just felt a lot more energetic.
I was gave up coffee for a year too. And meat. Both were interesting.
Went well, was great to wake up on Saturdays and Sundays feeling amazing.
Was thinking about taking another break from it soon.
I was turning into a regular Ben Gibbard so quit for a year ages ago.
Didn't find it too hard at all, once I got over the stigma that going out to bars with my friends would be tedious (it really doesn't make that much difference) it was actually pretty nice not being hungover and broke after a night out. I drank whilst I was on holiday but when I came home decided to quit again and its been another 2 months since my last drink. Basically I've been drunk once in the last 4 and a half months, no plans to start boozing again any time soon either.
Giving up drinking isn't what affects my social life anyway, it's having a child.
Use condoms kids.
Was absolutely fine.
Exacerbates how fucking annoying everyone else is when they're drunk though, so, on balance, it didn't do me any good at all...
Mainly for money reasons. It was pretty fucking crappy to be fair.
Because my housemate and I were bad influences on each other and would drink JD and coke like it was a cup of tea (in frequency, not in serving format). Realized that i honestly couldn't remember the last time I'd gone a whole day without a drink, so stopped for a week just to make sure it was an easily breakable habit, which of course it was.
But that was the one time I deliberately stopped.
everyone wants to quit on a monday
I can't tell you how proud I am!!
I have also gone a week without smoking.
YEAH I'M AMAZING.
you have inspired me chintz
This is amazing. Well done.
I'm so pleased.
I've only ever not smoked when I've been ill! So this is quite an achievment :D
Loads of times for various lengths. Its never really been a conscious thing like I'm going to give up drinking now. I've just not felt the need for alcohol many times. 10 months was probably the longest. I was trying to lose weight at the time too (I lost about 2 stone) so it helped. I am trying to do it again now but more like just not drinking during the week and only on a saturday night.
just made me realise how maddeningly stupid the world is. social life was okay, aside from constant "AHHHH, ARE YOU SURE YOU DON'T WANT A DRINK I'LL BUY YOU A DRINK HERE HAVE A DRINK" type moments, but I don't really remember doing much in that time aside from a few nights in a pub and Offset festival (which was SO CHEAP, but a sober nightbus ride from Hainault to Camden btwn 1am and 3am was horrible).
one side effect I've found is that ever since, my body seems to process alcohol out so much worse. it might just be because coincidental because I did this whilst I was on the cusp of my late 20s but my hangovers are so much worse than they used to be before I quit.
but there was a very noticeable difference when I started again, like straight away.
but there's absoutely nothing i can do socially that doesn't involve drinking alcohol, if not during then before or afterwards. It's sort of the common ground that's kept me in touch with the mates i still see. Before that being booze it was cannabis, and before that, well, school and that.
If i meet any mate anywhere it'll be in a pub, or occasionally a major sporting event at someone's house, or a BBQ, or we'll go and watch football, or occasionally have a game of 5-a-side then go to a pub, or go to a gig - whatever, drinking heavily is always going to be involved.
A few times i've gone without ale at these things, everyone else hasn't and i've been bored as fuck. Don't know what that says about me, or my mates. Went travelling last year, met plenty of people, and we'd just go out for cofffee or a meal instead of drinking, and y'know, it was fine, no-one died, and we met loads of hot chicks.
Didn't really feel any different, and it wasn't really a conscious thing. You'd think it'd save you money, but I just end up buying more stuff when I have any spare money. I'm really bad at money. Money.
but continue to have a drink. The intricacies of this make for some leyway.
It's good, didn't like drinking so I stopped. My social life is pretty much unchanged, I didn't like or go on big boozy nights out then and I still don't, I liked sitting in a quiet pub with mates then and still do now.
what do you do when you have a really shit day?
See, i'll always just go to a boozer and drink until i'm going to fall over.
this was me last night. invited some people round my house for tea on thursday. regretting it now. cool.
alcohol isn't the first thing that will pop into my head. Its either gym, chocolate or bed.
If I had ever felt any benefit at all to going out and getting wrecked I probably would never have given up. I always found that it just exacerbated things if I was having a shit day and similarly if I wasn't having a shit day my reaction to booze tended to be to go into my shell more rather than the confidence-bringing elixir it seems to be to 95% of the population.
I'm much, much happier now without having to go through the charade of having a great night when I wasn't and feeling abnormal about the fact that I wasn't enjoying myself. That's not to say anything negative about people who do enjoy going out and getting sloshed, it's just not for me. I now have much fewer shit days to deal with.
yep, due to illness, because alcohol doesn't help at all. i just drank juice at the pub and water in clubs. and for home i'd not get THE DRINKS IN or buy any mixers so i wasn't not tempted to drink any spirits.
i could probably give up alcohol altogether if i tried.
it's harder when i'm staying in and socialising not to drink, i think. this weekend i had a glass of cava, a glass of sangria, a glass of rose and three rasberry cocktails. I DON'T EVEN LIKE WINE THAT MUCH.
Got used to it in the end. When I started again I didn't like it. That last about a month and then I was drinking all the time again.
It's pretty cool though. It's good to "find yourself" in the sobriety.
Was fine for the first three weeks as I didn't feel the remotest bit like drinking. I felt great, lost loads of weight and saved lots of money. Having a drink is nice though - but I don't drink anywhere near the volume I did pre illness.
I found it barely impacted my social life at all, except on nights out where at like 2am the booze would've got you through to end I felt really tired and sleepy. The hardest thing was when you went to pubs that charged £3.75 for a lime and soda
When I was on a month long break, it was absolutely crushing to go for my weekly pub trip with mates and end up paying the same for a lemonade as they were for a pint...
Alcohol has played such a big part in my life for so long, but I just don't want to piss my life away before I'm 30. All my mates are heavy drinkers hence the worry of it harming my social life, and I suppose the worry of being boring. I suppose the key is to find other things to do rather than playing music and getting plastered constantly.
it just happened, no effort required, I just didn't find myself drinking... well okay I had 1 - 3 pints when I went out but never got drunk & this was like bi weekly.
I can go for a week without drinking, and I rarely drink in the week, but the idea of not drinking on both days of the weekend I just can't face. If I don't drink on Friday, I'll drink on Saturday. I just associate it with a release in tension, and fun stuff usually happens when drink's involved as well.
he's jsut contributijng to the thread with his experience.
PUNK AS FFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!
I find I don't really need to when I'm out these days. I was on call last New Year's Eve and stayed sober, and had a really good night and that was maybe a bit of an eye opener.
Also- I'm 30 now and hangovers are brutal. I have so much stuff to do that I don't like being unable to do stuff as I feel rough from the night before.
I really enjoy it, experience no shame and experience no ill-health from it. The idea of trying to abstain is the kind of stupid shit I would think of when I'm hungover and I can't be trusted when I'm hungover.
Yes indeed, right now I am not drinking.
I think the weekend just gone was 6 weeks without a tipple. Laying off for me is all to do with emotions and being in a shabby place right now post marriage break up, post bereavement, post "where am I going in life" type thoughts.
I love a good booze up and fun moments certainly do happen on a night out. It makes socialising easier, especially now I'm trying to meet someone new in my life (but not in a sleazy on the prowl kind of way)......but, the hangovers were doing my head in and a there were too many wasted days afterwards feeling all blue and rubbish and feeling the need to ring my ex and blah blah blah, guilt factor 10, self loathing. No idea why booze does that to me.
So, I decided to give up, go teetotal, quit the social smoking, get a bit healthier and all that jazz. I've a couple of 10k races coming up so that's a goal as well.
So how do I feel in general 6 weeks down the line? Still depressed, still a bit lost, but my wallet feels a lot better and it's nice not to have a skull crushing bonce the morning after a night out and no paranoia going on. I thought I'd feel a lot livelier. Going out has dropped a bit though. Plus I have a date coming up, drinks have been suggested, will I be thought of as a bit weird if I drink lemonade? I'll just do some crack in the loo beforehand.
Maybe someone in recovery, but not weird.
They do seem to struggle with the fact that I don't want another one every time anyone goes to the bar though, there's only so much soft drink you can have in one sitting.
but then these days I find I drink maybe twice a week on average, and only get actually drunk like once a month. A lot of that's just naturally because of the way things are at the moment (not in a good way or a bad way, just circumstances), but also I find I rarely have the inclination to get smashed (I'LL GET THE DRINKSSSSS) these days.
I have been drunk every weekend for the last 8 weeks maybe.
Not that I drank much before. But yeah, I think people find me annoying when I'm drunk(ish) because I talk a lot (or at least, more than usual), and I'm no good at judging how drunk I'm getting, so it seems best just not to drink any alcohol at all.
Tbh, I don't really see it as something to 'give up', just as something to not do. I mean.... just don't drink it, for a while at least, if that's what you want. You make it sound like it's some huge life choice with all kinds of consequences :-\
got fucking super shredded last night and today has been a right off. been hitting the booze hard recently, not every day, but when I do have a drink, I am like a monster - a real consumption junkie. like fucking pac-man.
fuck that shit, gonna work out, ride my bike and eat nice, nice food.
got some people coming over Thursday, which will be a good way of testing my will power, as they'll defo come packing wine and shit
Also tonic water with fresh lime.
to the first one.
I dunno, I found if you use good Tonic water (like Fever Tree not Schwepps) you realise a lot of the flavour of a nice G&T is in the Tonic water.
it makes my mouth screw up. there is probably a word for this
It's ok. Do lots of running and stuff too. Reading writing etc. Don't really drink much during the week, so it's just a matter of doing other stuff at weekends. I recommend it. Certainly feels good having no hangovers.
that's the record in recent history.
It's totally habitual. I've tried not doing it but often just can't think of anything better to do and a beer tastes nice and passes the time. A couple of beers (4 cans?) in an evening slow my brain down enough to sleep. An absolute truckload gets me to the point in the early hours of a Saturday/Sunday where I can't stay awake and chat happy bollocks/dance badly in the process.
I hate the little belly and the runny poo and the constant urge to smoke (thus far resisted) but every time I've tried to stop I just have a bunch of time on my hands where I'd love a pint and a think.
for the third time in my adult life. Looks like I'll be residential again this time for detox. Addictive stuff...the experts say that everyone is addicted to it but with varying degrees.
If you substituted bananas with booze in every post in this thread then you'd sound mental. I mean, who would regulate their banana intake with such resolve. Dangerous, dangerous drug.
my family is riddled* with alcoholics, so I feel your pain.
*2 and they're both toast.
100% wanna give up the ciggies. how did you do it?
because I nearly lost a (lady) friend after urinating in her sink (in front of her). I had no recollection of the incident (and still none to this day) but remember the dirty looks from her friends and how upset she was at the time. It was difficult (socially) giving up at that time, but at least it illustrated that I'd taken my indiscretion seriously.
I took it back up again afterwards and have always been much more careful to watch how much I drink. Having given it up for a few short periods since then (over the last 15 years or so) I can't honestly say I felt better for not drinking. The benefits outweigh the costs in my book.
Now giving up caffeine (again for around six months or so) made me feel a lot better. Problem is I love strong black freshly brewed coffee, so that one has gone out of the window too.
it's a SINK, it can be washed away while you're doing it! your friend over-reacted.
When I was at uni, a guy in the flat below me got really obliterated, came home drunk and pissed over his flat mate’s desk, ruining his Laptop and Ipod. Great fun.
He didn't give up drinking though...
You kind of have to respect their feelings when you've done something like that. My wife thinks I was too repentant.
But there wasn't one in her room. Just a sink. Ho hum.
Felt really healthy, gave me an opportunity to sort myself out. Stopped drinking recently after doing something I regretted while drunk. Likely won't last, but it's nice having a quiet weekend every now and then and not waking up in the morning feeling rotten.