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Application is Essential

I scheduled my last post to be published long after I was tucked up in bed and woke the following morning with a sense of relief, knowing I’d come clean about something that had been bugging me for some time. My post had created quite a bit of reaction on my personal Facebook feed; mainly from friends saying “good on you” and “we hear you” and “thanks for the prompt must give up the bottle too”. What has become apparent is the fact that I’m not alone; there are scores of people out there all feeling the same way about booze – a conversation has definitely begun.

That evening I opened up my laptop to start replying to comments. When Chief came home soon after, he cracked open a bottle of red and asked if I’d like a glass and after we’d both had a snigger, in relation to my previous day’s written confession, I answered “no thanks, I was going to try that rosΓ©”. The previous two nights had been dry so I inwardly congratulated myself and thought that one glass would be fine – after all, this is the goal you’re aiming for – moderation.

I spent the evening on my laptop and when I poked my head over the rim of the screen I realised that three quarters of the bottle had disappeared – how weak and pathetic of me. I had been merrily sipping away not really thinking about my actions – I have placed me at the bottom of the class with a note-to-self; you have the potential to do so much better if only you could apply yourself – Yes Miss.

13 replies on “Application is Essential”

I can’t have bottles of wine in the house – I have to make it a conscious choice to make the five-minute walk to buy a bottle. But there’s a history of alcoholism in my family, so I have always had to be aware and careful. Good on you for writing this and the previous post!

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Well done for writing these posts, it’s very easy to slip into the habit of drinking too much, I did it for a number of years, a glass of wine a day soon escalates to half a bottle, then a full bottle. My wife doesn’t drink at all, and she made a comment about how much I was drinking about 4 years ago, and I’ve not touched alcohol since. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done, not only has it saved a fortune, but I feel so much better, and I don’t feel like I need a drink anymore to chat, or to write blog posts etc etc, and I guess my liver appreciates it too! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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Yes that’s exactly what has happened to me and I’m currently sitting on the fence with moderation one side and giving up totally on the other. You have given me huge encouragement – wonderful to read about your positve outcome – thanks for sharing 😊

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Don’t get me wrong Lucy, there is nothing wrong with moderation either, I just found it easier to give up totally, as I knew from my type of personality, one glass would always lead to the rest of the bottle 😦 But if you can stick to the single glass or two, the de stressing effects of alcohol are, as far as I can see, more beneficial than the harmful effects of the actual alcohol on your body.
Lol!! You can tell I’m a Libran Lucy, I’m now extolling the positive side to drinking in moderation, you’ll be back to sitting on that fence again after this! πŸ™‚

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Erm…..well yes I guess it is – nothing last night and a couple to go with mushroom risotto this evening. Have a black tie gala ball to attend on Saturday with plenty of free booze but will remain lady-like and classy 😊 thanks for checking in with me ☺

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I loved reading your previous post Lucy, so well written and so brave! I had a similar hard look at my habits a few years ago and reduced my intake quite a bit. I’m hardly perfect all the time but have worked out a good balance that suits me and avoids those horrible headachy mornings (which are THE WORST way to start the day). Every now and then I put myself on a “diet” of one drink a week. I’ll tell you what – it’s such a treat by the time I get there! It’s also rather large, admittedly πŸ˜‰

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Thank you for writing this! I recently started taking a medication to regulate my mood that doesn’t necessary have adverse reactions to alcohol, but my doctor really drove home that alcohol messes with my body’s typical mood regulation. Most times, I reach for the wine glass to take the edge off, but really it will make me sink instead of lift me up–but it was still devastating for him to suggest I give up drinking completely! So much of my life occurs around alcohol–dinners, social gatherings, holiday parties… it was almost paralyzing to think of having to explain myself, why I’m not drinking, and not participating in different experiences. But I can see the improvements in my mood already. Plus, I’m saving money! Our culture makes it difficult to consume in moderation. Best of luck to you πŸ™‚

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Thank you so much and congratulations to you for taking the plunge. It is incredibly tricky with so many social engagements – that’s the hardest part for me and one tonight. A great strategy for me is just changing the glass I’d usually have a lime and soda water in to a wine glass. Just feels better 😊

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