Monday Evening Coming Down

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Anon writes:

“………..a regular contributor. Bit of a serious post for me, I’m looking at giving up alcohol, have done the whole binge drinking but after….last weekend, I was smashed and beligerent, I don’t remember anything…What tips have people got about giving up? Have found some good sites and advice and I’m seeking out professional help. Alcohol never has really played a big part in my life, it’s just something that I have had while I was socialising and yes I know and my friends know, I dont need it cos’ I”M larger than life!!”

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Anyone?

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71 thoughts on “Monday Evening Coming Down

  1. 21secondstogo

    Giving up alcohol may not be the answer. Sounds like giving up getting “smashed and beligerent” is the answer.

  2. Drogg

    I am Kind of off it the last three years. I have broken it twice in that time and neither time have enjoyed myself. Realise it’s ok to say “no i don’t want a drink” is a good place to start. People will ask you did something happen to make you stop while giving you the are you an alcoholic look.

    Drive on a night out, it will stop people going on at you to have a drink and don’t become a condescending p***k just cause you don’t want to drink. You don’t want ruin other peoples good time by being negative about them drinking.

  3. JunkFace

    Cut out the Binge drinking! Just stop when you feel tipsy and or dehydrated. Also taking up new sports or hobbies might help.

  4. Der

    I haven’t drank since 2013. I think it’s amazing that you’re thinking of giving up this stuff that makes you blackout and, by the sounds of things, feel shit about yourself. The main reason I was able to stop was AA. I wasn’t what many would consider an alcoholic – good job, nice house, etc but most times I drank I blacked out and I was losing control of things when I started drinking.
    I heard it read out at my first meeting that the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking, it worked for me and I would encourage anyone thinking about stopping to try it or at least think about it.
    You never have to feel a Monday full of guilt, shame, worry & regret again. No matter what way you choose, chin up you’ve made a great first step.

  5. Spoungebob

    I found these guys in Dublin 7 to be of a great help, the AA has a certain stigma attached and can be a difficult and intimidating enviroment for some to enter! Giving up drink is much more than just stopping drinking alcohol in order to do it successfully you need to change you lifestyle and adapt a new way of thinking about alcohol.

    check them out, it really helped me a lot and was a understanding and safe place.

    http://www.dublinherbalists.ie/welcome-to-kickstart/

  6. Franco

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  7. mickmick

    The kids did it for me. They wanted to get up in the morning and play and didn’t understand what a hangover is. I soon found that the less I drank, the less I wanted to drink. I have the odd drink now and again while watching a match with friends or at a concert but often go for three or four weeks without one. The only danger is that I’m not used to alcohol now so I get drunk really easy when there’s a big occasion on. Truth be told, I usually avoid them now and haven’t gone to the work christmas party in years.
    I guess, for me, it was more of a lifestlye change that led to getting rid of bad habits rather than a conscious “I need to stop drinking” decision.

    I can now see the damaging drinking habits of some friends that I would have been blind to a few years back. Good luck with whatever you try

  8. scottser

    http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/socwork/nrcfcpp/downloads/cpp/module3-stages_of_change.pdf

    this is the model most treatment centres use, using ‘motivational interviewing’ techniques. at present you’d be classed as ‘pre-contemplative’. it’s a good idea to book an appointment with an addiction counsellor – there are a good few in dublin – who can do a one-on-one assessment with you. group therapies like aa don’t work for everyone (95% relapse rate in the first year) but community led responses have much better outcomes. they’ll also provide supports for families and friends to help you in your recovery.

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