Cutting back and stopping drinking alcohol

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    May 31, 2008 9:58 PM GMT
    So, I've come to the point where I'd like to drastically cut back on how much alcohol I consume. I know the reasons why to stop, and the advantages that come with cutting out alcohol, but I'd like to hear from others on this site how it worked out for them.

    Was there anything that you did to resist temptation?

    What did you say to yourself or remind yourself for motivation?

    What steps did you take to almost guarantee that you wouldn't take a sip?

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    Jun 01, 2008 11:53 AM GMT
    Why do you want to drink less?

    I'm always looking for ways to drink more.
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    Jun 01, 2008 2:36 PM GMT
    I noticed you are 33 according to your profile. It could be tougher based on your time of life. I found it much easier to cut back after I became HIV+ and got into my 40's. Now if I have two drinks (especially red wine) I feel wiped out the next day. My body cannot metabolise it like it used to.

    I would recommend when you go out with friends drink alcohol that you cannot down easily. For instance if you guzzle beer, but sip wine, switch to wine. If I don't want to drink much, I drink beer, I am a notoriously slow beer drinker. Also make up your mind what your limit is and stick to it. If it is two drinks then have those two then switch to non-alcoholic (my favourite is cranberry juice and ginger ale).

    Finally, limit how much alcohol you have in the house. You won't be tempted if there is nothing there!

    Good luck, I think it is wise to cut back especially if you want to improve your physical conditioning.
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    Jun 02, 2008 5:08 AM GMT
    ChicGymGeek saidSo, I've come to the point where I'd like to drastically cut back on how much alcohol I consume. I know the reasons why to stop, and the advantages that come with cutting out alcohol, but I'd like to hear from others on this site how it worked out for them.

    Was there anything that you did to resist temptation?

    What did you say to yourself or remind yourself for motivation?

    What steps did you take to almost guarantee that you wouldn't take a sip?


    I have not touched a drink or smoked since August 1st 2005.
    I had friends that supported my choice, and would plan to things where I would not feel left out for not drinking..
    Of course the liked the fact they always had someone to drive them home at the end of the night..
    If you need something to motivate you, go out and watch your friends get drunk..
    Then you will see what you are missing..Nothing really but a bad hangover...and extra calories, that you can do with out...
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    Jun 02, 2008 1:13 PM GMT
    Wysiwyg60 said...Also make up your mind what your limit is and stick to it. If it is two drinks then have those two then switch to non-alcoholic...


    TWO DRINKS!!! I usually have at least two drinks before I hit the shower in the morning!
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    Jun 11, 2008 3:29 AM GMT
    JohnnyD saidWhy do you want to drink less?

    I'm always looking for ways to drink more.


    I support this post.
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    Jun 11, 2008 4:04 AM GMT

    I had a bit of a drinking problem for a very short period, but it was long enough to seriously impede my healthy lifestyle. In my darkest hour, I was still working out 6X a week, but I was also partying excessively and drinking too much. The drinking made me stop eating and without the nutrients my body just crashed.

    I remember how lousy I felt all the time and how much I was turning into the opposite of what I wanted to be: a healthy person! I'm a firm believer that alcohol is a gateway to unhealthy living. It almost always leads to excessive partying, philandering, lack of sleep, heavier drugs, the list goes on!

    I know there are some who will accuse me of overreacting, but I stopped before I could hit the bottom so while I regret that I can't speak from personal experience about how bad it can get, I'm really very happy I can't.

    Let's just say I've observed others before me. I've also known bodybuilders who tried to drink and excel at their sport: NEVER HAPPENS. Alcohol and bodybuilding simply do not mix.

    I handle alcohol by having three rules: I only allow myself to drink LIGHTLY at parties and I don't allow myself to party that much. In between, if I have a drink, I remember to do it in moderation. I know that alcoholics never stop being alcoholics, but they have to become alcoholics first and I believe only excessive HEAVY drinking can cause that.

    If I feel like I want to slip, I think about what a mean drunk I am and how I lost one of my best friends, kindell, because I got drunk and chased him around a car (I'm told a total of thirteen revolutions). He told me the next morning that I was a discrace and not to talk to him again.
    I also think about the bodies of every drunk I know, not a built body in the bunch.

    Lastly, I think about one of my personal goals, perfection, and how being a sloppy drunk doesn't help one achieve it!

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    Jun 11, 2008 4:08 AM GMT
    ChicGymGeek saidSo, I've come to the point where I'd like to drastically cut back on how much alcohol I consume. I know the reasons why to stop, and the advantages that come with cutting out alcohol, but I'd like to hear from others on this site how it worked out for them.

    Was there anything that you did to resist temptation?

    What did you say to yourself or remind yourself for motivation?

    What steps did you take to almost guarantee that you wouldn't take a sip?


    Do you want to quit or just cut back? Reading between the lines, a bit, it sounds like you may have some symptoms of alcoholism. Maybe check out a local chapter of AA, which offers a lot of support.