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The benefits of giving up alcohol!

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14 Nov
6:52pm, 14 Nov 2019
1232 posts
Oscar the grouch
Caffeine abuse... guilty. Although today I didn't have a drink of any sort between 7.30 and 4.... reminded me of summers as a youth!
8:11am, 15 Nov 2019
612 posts
After a very hairy journey (me driving), for our few days away at the coast, with twice having to turn around due to flooded roads and with darkness looming, I actually thought about sinking a pint of Broadside when we eventually got to the local pub for dinner. I didn't. I had 2 halves of 0.5 Ghost Ship (which was on draft) instead. I knew I'd regret it if I did. Lots of tea being drunk here already today.
8:14am, 15 Nov 2019
30913 posts
Out with SS last night. Elderflower for him, pink lemonade for me. No drink at the interval. No queueing. Marvellous.
8:22am, 15 Nov 2019
33226 posts
Pub with a roaring fire on a cold day, with a steak pie type meal, is a trigger for me. Just so many ingrained habits from first 20 years of my adult life. I miss it very slightly, but don't miss the alcoholic affect even the tiniest bit! :-) G
8:27am, 15 Nov 2019
35739 posts
Derby Tup
We were in the pub Wednesday night after club off-road headtorcher by the log burner. In the past I’d have killed for a pint (and the missus to drive so I could have a couple more). I had lime and soda plus crisps, and genuinely didn’t miss the beer
9:52am, 15 Nov 2019
30875 posts
Well done everyone.

Off to stock up on my alcohol frees today.
11:46am, 15 Nov 2019
1236 posts
Oscar the grouch
I have an odd sensation of a hang over this morning. I'm not, of course, I just haven't slept well for a couple of days, which is a reminder of how alcohol also steals your sleep and general well being!

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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

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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