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Sober October - What Now

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I wouldn't say I was a problem drinker per-se (6-12 beers & a couple of bottles of wine at the weekend, rarely drink in the week because of work), but I joined a few of my mates in taking part in "Sober October" & abstained from drinking for the month 

 

Results have been that I'm feeling much better in myself, sleeping better & much more energetic/engaging in work etc... so it's clearly shown some benefits already.    

 

So I was curious as to what anybody else who participated feels/thinks & what their plans are going forward.

 

 

[I know there are several people on here who don't drink & possibly more who do but won't have participated (Possibly never heard of it), looking for views from people who do drink & have participated] 

 

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never heard of Sober October but I drink roughly the same amount as you used to. This weekend has been a bit of a heavy one and Iam feeling it a bit. 

Yesterday my energy level was nil, I regret losing a day as I could have been engaging with my kid instead of laying around on the settee all day. The upshot being my wife's suggestion that we break untill New Year.

I look forward to the same benefits you mention in your post.

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Yea it's the following day I call "the slows" and if I had a major bender then a couple of those days.  I stopped about a month ago in order to drop a few  pounds before a 50 day tour of India and Nepal. I'll need the energy.  Wouldn't want to miss the opportunity for some local brews where I travel to so I'll be back enjoying the suds in a few months.  Have never noticed much of a change other than saving some money and yea can stay more focused on diet and exercise.  The liver IF it has fatty tissues issues should enjoy the hiatus in order to restore itself as well.  One can only hope.

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Have a November to remember?

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I havent had an alcoholic drink since June and dont feel any beter for it, though I was only drinking once a month before that. 

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Never heard of Sober October. I think you need a few additional vote choices. IE. Survey didn't relate to me as I didn't know about it. I read TV most days & am pretty much across most local gossip. Was the Sober October "thingy" only related to or advertised in Bangkok ?

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8 minutes ago, malt25 said:

Never heard of Sober October. I think you need a few additional vote choices. IE. Survey didn't relate to me as I didn't know about it. I read TV most days & am pretty much across most local gossip. Was the Sober October "thingy" only related to or advertised in Bangkok ?

Sorry, I should have highlighted that it was a UK "Thingy" aimed at getting people to be more aware of / cut down on their alcohol intake & raise some cash for charity...

 

https://www.gosober.org.uk/

 

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Just a social drinker. I often don't drink for months at a time. 

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As I age, I've found alcohol affects me more. I've given up drinking during weekdays, only have a couple of scotches each night over the weekend. Maybe a big bottle of beer with lunch on Saturday or Sunday.

A few  things I've noticed. I sleep better on my abstaining days, and get up to pee once in the night, as against

2-3 times. Brewer's droop is a reality with me. On my abstaining days, humpy-rumpy with my Thai GF is much more prolonged and enjoyable.

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A wild party with booze did make my willy want to carry on the party later, at least 3 or 4 times in a row !!...but the hangover and low spirit on the next day,  was absolutely not worth it😜

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Couldn't care less about what others think of my drinking. I don't drink and drive, if I DO plan a night out, I always get a room within staggering distance, and only take money/documents necessary that I can afford to lose.

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If alcohol is causing problems in your life, you have an alcohol problem.  Full stop.

 

Too many people die of cirrhosis, spousal abuse, DWI, and the myriad of other ills that problem drinking brings to bear- while they work out whether they or their loved one fits the definition of "alcoholic".    It doesn't matter.  All that matters is whether alcohol is causing problems, and whether you want it to stop. 

 

You're the only one who can decide for you.  Just like others (including those in your life) are the only ones who can decide for themselves.   In either case, there's a seat all warmed up for you at the local AA or Al Anon (Al Anon is for those whose loved ones' drinking is causing problems in their lives). 

 

If it's not causing problems, enjoy!  And I mean that sincerely.  If it is causing problems, and you want it to stop, get help.  Stopping on your own is too fricking hard- and not necessary.

 

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if you have any trouble staying stop please contact me, I stop a while ago and it was the best thing I could do. Although it was tough in the beginning. I would be happy to share some tips that worked for me.

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On 10/29/2018 at 8:26 PM, Ulic said:

Just a social drinker. I often don't drink for months at a time. 

A social drinker who goes months without a drink?? Strange definition of the phrase.

 

I am a social drinker who averages 30 - 40 units of alcohol weekly. Sometimes more sometimes less.

 

I have friends who drink 3 large Chang every day - approx 63 units a week. And have done for many years, including when it was 6.4abv - so then approx 80 units a week. All in our seventies. I have known others who died in their fifties after years of 5 bottles of scotch a week for years and stupid drunk by mid-afternoon most days.

 

I know which fits my definition of social drinker.

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