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I quit drinking about a year and a half ago. Haven't had any alcohol since June of 2019. 

ok my story... Been debating on adding to thread but I've seen some brave people sharing their stories.  My story is similar to many of yours. For the record, I selected "I drink more than I

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On 12/15/2020 at 4:00 PM, bostonfred said:

I'm not going to quote you or say your name in this post in case you have second thoughts about posting that but the way you've mentioned your drinking a few times recently... it honestly sounds like you're looking for someone to tell you that you are drinking too much. Now that you're posting in this thread I'll be the guy.

I think you're concerned about your own drinking. I think you're starting earlier and earlier and that's often a bad sign.  I think you might be self medicating because you are unhappy with other things. I think you're letting it interfere with things that are important to you, and risking embarrassing yourself in front of your social group by playing sports while you are half in the bag.  I think it's dangerous to play when you've been drinking and a good way to get yourself or someone else hurt. I'm not trying to break your balls but I've heard you mention some real red flags like overtipping a bartender at noon on a weekday,drinking shots at lunch, or today it sounds like you were eating nothing but bread so you'd have room for wine.

When's the last time you tried taking some time off?

This part jumped off the page at me too, but I wasn't sure how to address it without coming off as a jerk so I decided not to reply.  You did a much better job than what I probably would have managed.

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5 minutes ago, bucksoh said:

Functional alcoholic but I don't see it as a problem.  I drink a 12 pack a night when I'm not working.  If I drink with friends it goes up to 24.

Woah.  As someone who drinks a decent amount and is drinking at the moment - that would concern me drinking 24 beers in one day/evening. 

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1 minute ago, AAABatteries said:
7 minutes ago, bucksoh said:

Functional alcoholic but I don't see it as a problem.  I drink a 12 pack a night when I'm not working.  If I drink with friends it goes up to 24.

Woah.  As someone who drinks a decent amount and is drinking at the moment - that would concern me drinking 24 beers in one day/evening. 

pretty common in NE Ohio/Western PA where I lived for years.

It is odd that you can typically drink a lot more beer than water, pop, etc.  - have a close friend who has been case to 30 beers a day for years since he retired ...and did about a 12 pack in the work week evenings all the time I worked with him and then the "case plus" deal on weekends.  

He plays golf every day and is still in pretty good shape for mid-70s.  

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13 minutes ago, bucksoh said:

Functional alcoholic but I don't see it as a problem.  I drink a 12 pack a night when I'm not working.  If I drink with friends it goes up to 24.

This used to be me.  And the "functional" part was a lie I kept telling myself.  Sure, I could, but I wasn't good.

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3 minutes ago, Binky The Doormat said:

pretty common in NE Ohio/Western PA where I lived for years.

It is odd that you can typically drink a lot more beer than water, pop, etc.  - have a close friend who has been case to 30 beers a day for years since he retired ...and did about a 12 pack in the work week evenings all the time I worked with him and then the "case plus" deal on weekends.  

He plays golf every day and is still in pretty good shape for mid-70s.  

Yeah it is really common in Northwest Ohio  Usually it's watching a game with friend who is an alcoholic and we pound them.

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1 minute ago, bucksoh said:

Can I ask why it was a lie?

It's a bit complicated and stretched over many years.  Started when I was young 20's.  Fast forward a bit to when I was mid 30's and a business partner.  Very small manufacturing company that made some custom one off parts.  I handled the finance.

I could do the job and function, and always did what was required of me and never got the business in financial trouble.  But that wasn't enough to just get by and I needed to do a lot more for the business to really suceed.  I'd drink in my office most days.  I'd schedule a lot of business meetings with clients or others we worked with too, but they were really just drinking events at some tavern.  Often would start at lunch and go into the evening.  Was away from the shop a lot, and would keep me away from my family too. 

That was the bigger lie, to my family.  I never missed paying any bills or putting the family in harm, so I always told myself everything is fine.  It was never really fine.  Sure I got by, but I wasn't the person the business needed me to be.  And I certainly wasn't the best husband and father. 

After the business got broke up and we went our separate ways, it got me to change some habits.   Did the cut back and limit thing for a few years.  Kind of worked until it didn't and I'd go on a real bender.  Never knew if it would be a couple of beers, or a couple of sixers, followed up with a trip to the bar.  No work or family issues ever, but mentally I was hurting.  Finally just said enough and have been sober for 3.5 years.  

 

 

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