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The benefits of giving up alcohol!

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1:44pm, 4 Jul 2020
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mrs shanksi
Well done sweetpeas and congrats on one month WP!

Great going everyone, I've just had my first run in the hills since lockdown and it was amazing!
2:03pm, 4 Jul 2020
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Brilliant everyone
2:09pm, 4 Jul 2020
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I’ve just had the week from hell at work and can only imagine the state I’d have been in 20 years ago with pubs opening up today.

Instead we did what we do every Friday night now, put on the disco lights and listen to Clint Boons disco rescue as he knocks out some cracking tunes and I get some steps in! Mrs J has started drink non alcoholic beers as they are half the calories and she’s not bothered about getting drunk. Having seen 200 of my team lose their jobs this week with another 200 to follow I’ve been asked a few times how I get through this without drinking alcohol. That’s simple, I don’t need to drink alcohol, it offers no attraction and no benefits for me at all, not one.
2:14pm, 4 Jul 2020
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That ^

And sorry, Joops

We went past a large pub about 12 and it was v quiet
2:15pm, 4 Jul 2020
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Thanks Linds, I’m one of the lucky ones who still has a job, in many ways that has made it even harder.
2:20pm, 4 Jul 2020
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mrs shanksi
That's so tough Joops x
3:26pm, 4 Jul 2020
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I know what you mean.
3:28pm, 4 Jul 2020
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Derby Tup
One of the really sad things about 2020 is we went into it polarised and will more than likely come out of it even more polarised. Thoughts with your colleagues Joopsy and with you. Been there; got the brown envelopes
4:22pm, 4 Jul 2020
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that suck joops,

I have freinds who are going through tough times in their life right now and turning to drinking to "help" them get through it. I now need to bite my tongue because as we all know and can see, the one thing it is not doing is helping them get through it. When I try and very gently point this out I have been accused of being a non drinking evangelist - like it is a bad thing!- to avoid argument and conflict I now just don't comment!

I feel so lucky that I cannot drink like normal people and have had to abstain.
4:56pm, 4 Jul 2020
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Wombling Plodder (Welsh Womble)
Sorry to hear that Joops, it is tough. I work in HR and have been through my fair share of redundancy programmes and have been made redundant too - it is never easy. I am now having to support clients with making these difficult decisions :-(

Iain, that would have been me a while ago - that glass (Or more) always seemed like a good idea and I often had a go at OH when he commented on my drinking. I liked oblivion as I didn’t have to face anything - or so I thought, all that badness comes out eventually. I am also having to bite my tongue re alcohol at the moment - and have had to unfollow certain individuals on Facebook who think that the alcohol will deal with their problems - some have been ‘holiday’ drinking but don’t see that this ‘holiday’ has lasted over 100 days. I do feel like a bit of a hypocrite as I am only 1 month AF and know that I could trip up at any point.

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Maintained by HappyG(rrr)
Looks as though this thread has become popular again, here in 2010 (it's now 2020, 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

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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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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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