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The benefits of giving up alcohol!

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23 Jan
7:53pm, 23 Jan 2020
43034 posts
Never thought I'd see a benefit of hay fever :-o :-)
23 Jan
7:56pm, 23 Jan 2020
37614 posts
I assumed Grep’s ‘joke’ was an ironic alcoholics’ dig at people who only drink in binges, rather than all the time
23 Jan
8:01pm, 23 Jan 2020
44510 posts
Of course, bloody part-time amateurs.
23 Jan
9:46pm, 23 Jan 2020
117619 posts
Indeed. I was a top-up drinker - rarely if ever completely sober. Alcoholics who could go for weeks or months without a drink always baffled me. Still do after what is probably in excess of 500 AA meetings. Plain don’t understand.
23 Jan
9:57pm, 23 Jan 2020
9929 posts
I had a few goes at being off for weeks and months, each time it just convinced me so didn’t have a problem, each time it was harder to stop when I started again. It literally almost killed me.
23 Jan
10:00pm, 23 Jan 2020
3002 posts
It's a weird circumstance for me. If I don't drink the thought of drinking goes. But why then do I start again?

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About This Thread

Maintained by HappyG(rrr)
Looks as though this thread has become popular again, here in 2010 (it's now 2019, and it started in 2008, so I think "still popular" might be more apt! :-) G ) :-) Good Luck everyone.

New feature: article/blog of the month (period may change randomly!) Swittle's wonderful 14,611 days blog: fetcheveryone.com/blog/16879/2019/5#blog393186

Linking Joopsy's 17 year blog too, cos it's awesome!

Some acronyms, in case people use them:
JFT - Just for today
ODAAT - One day at a time
KIS - Keep it simple
TBOGUA - The Benefits Of Giving Up Alcohol (the title of this thread!)
There is an article summarising some of the benefits, to save you having to trawl through the thread.


And a great list of Alternative Drinks started by the lovely LindsD here:


And another great list, this time of treats as alternatives to alcohol and some welcome distractions. Thanks RunHappy!


Please add to these articles and make them as valuable as possible! Thanks! :-) G

And one from way back when...
Dirt Monkey's brilliant blog on TBOGUA too - go try this...

thebenefitsofgivingupalcohol.wordpress.com Thanks DM!

And the all important fabulous services:
Alcoholics Anonymous
National Helpline (FREE) 0800 9177 650

Al Anon
020 7403 0888

medal medal Contact TBOGUA medal medal

We're adding in our own Fetch offer of one to one contact too, for anyone who doesn't want to post in the thread for whatever reason. Please feel free to fmail ANY of the names listed below.

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Oscar the grouch
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GregP star
Joopsy star

Note: we're none of us experts, but we're happy to listen, to answer any questions and to offer support if you think it would help you. Except star marked above. Who are experts! :-)

(Note II: at Christmas some names may change a bit, but I'm sure you can still find us to fmail!)

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