Quitting Drinking

Jake (@realestatejake) 8 years, 10 months ago

HEthens! This is a “cry for help”

Not really, just asking for your advice…

I have been drinking like a college student for FAR too long (considering I haven’t be in college since 2007). I have noticed that it has become natural for me to grab/make a drink when I don’t have a healthier alternative. I am officially to the point in my life where I know that I need to completely stop drinking (at least for a while) in order to detox & allow my hormones to come to a natural balance.

QUESTION: Have any of you gone through this stage & succeeded? If so, what beverage did you supplement for an alcoholic one?

Thank you in advance HEthens!

January 29, 2013 at 7:01 am
Sugar Magnolia (375) (@melissaurban1991) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

i am the ultimate success story of this. except alcohol was just the start, i gradually stopped putting any toxins in my body altogether! that includes nicotine, radiated/genetically modified foods, prescription medicines, fluoride-ridden tap water, deoderants with aluminum, and finally i have just eliminated caffeine. now for me, it took reaching my very absolute bottom (jail) to realize what drinking all the time was doing to me, but once i took the step and made the change in my life, beautiful things began to happen, and the clarity and well being i feel today is like nothing i have ever known! i wish you luck, just remember that the human body was never meant to consume alcohol.

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ZionBorn (89) (@irievibes) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

You should check out kava. That might interest you.

You could also get into tea. I’m talking about real tea leaves that you brew yourself, not the grocery store tea bags. There’s a million different kinds to get lost in trying. I brew a green tea combo very strong and the calm focus you get from that is incredibly relaxing. Get someone to drink it with you and it becomes that much better.

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Beni (110)C (@beniandtheuniverse) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

You are far stronger than you are giving yourself credit for. Consider your motivations for that one drink. If it’s to unwind, then tea would be awesome. If you’re using it as an escape then try reading a chapter of something you like every time you get the urge. Thinking along those lines, considering your needs and still taking care of them in a different way, might help you stick to it. Good luck! You’re doing something great for your body, it will reward you I’m sure!

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kaywoodie! (23) (@robbiekarlson) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@melissaurban1991, How did you manage to stop using fluoride water?

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Sugar Magnolia (375) (@melissaurban1991) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@robbiekarlson i live in an area that provides spring water fountains that comes naturally from the mountains, but for when i’m not home i carry my own water bottle with a filter on it. i’m not sure that it filters out the fluoride, but it definitely gets all the metal and stuff that you get in public drinking water. if you look online you can find ones that DO filter the fluoride, although i think they are a little pricy. if i didn’t have those fountains near me it would have been worth it for me though

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Anonymous (2,833) (@) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@irievibes, Kava is terrible for your liver.

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Louis di Maria (1) (@elze) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

Gl, and High Five!
For a constructive message: I’m sure a better lifestyle is a healthy lifestyle, whatever you do.
Tell us how you’re doin’ !

My father worked in an hospital and always told me : your cells regenerate in 1year, so if you stop smoking or drinking, you will have to be ‘strong’ during one year, till your cells are completly “beer-empty”.

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Matthew (16) (@tweibaby) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

Good luck. Definitely get someone local to help you. Alcohol withdrawal is a real thing, and can be dangerous to some people (inducing seizures in extreme cases) Its definitely the healthy decision though..

The 1 year thing isn’t cells regenerating. Its Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome and takes your brain upto a full year to fully correct hormone and other brain chemical production like serotonin.

1 year is easier said than done though..

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Louis di Maria (1) (@elze) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@tweibaby, thank you, I was wrong and learn something new, thanks! Have great days.

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Jake (3) (@realestatejake) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

Thank you everyone for the advice!

Happy to say that for the past 3 days, everything has been going well.

I have been drinking Yogi “Detox” tea (I know that some will say to throw out anything bought at the supermarket in exchange for loose leaves, but it’s a start)

I know that life is a journey, and sometimes you need to reevaluate your path.

Thank you for your help in my journey & I will continue this path with you.

Thank you!

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ZionBorn (89) (@irievibes) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@ijesuschrist, original reply “kava is terrible for nothing for your liver”

ahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaa …….ahhhhh

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Jake (3) (@realestatejake) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

Just a quick update for you all (even though most won’t care). Just trying to keep myself accountable.

I still haven’t drank alcohol since my original post.
I have, however, seemed to have picked up a coffee/ caffeinated tea habit along the way.
Also, I have been craving sugar & have been eating a lot more chocolate & ice cream.

Has anyone come across the sugar cravings after stopping drinking?

Thank you in advance!

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hrbstar (19) (@herbstarr1234) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

stay strong man i just quit everything even smoking on my birthday except weed for a couple days after just to help me with the quit smoking thing but idno i feel good all u need is to realize that your saick of having to apologize in the mornings for something you did last night

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Jonathon (0) (@jonathondarby) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@realestatejake, first of all congrats man. I hope that you are still holding strong. I have come from kind of the same situation. I live in college town and drinking, unfortunately, is one of the only activities young people seem to do around here. I have been sober since September of last year and YES, I have eaten way more chocolate then is normal for myself. I’m not sure where that craving is coming from. I suppose since our bodies are not getting a sugar overload from alcohol that now we seek it in other forms? Any way man, best of luck!

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E.C.F. Doyle (346) (@chekovchameleon) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@realestatejake, I recently quit drinking as well, since new years day. And not in the resolution sort of way, in the I haven’t been sober in over a year sort of way. But anyway I suggest you keep it up. I feel tops now. Drink is a horrible substance that makes you feel like shit. I replaced alcohol with coffee.

Just out of curiousity, what defines “drinking like a college student” for you?
I was having a discussion with someone from the states in Dublin recently and we both agreed that most Irish would be regarded as Alcoholics in a lot of other countries. And alcoholics from other countries would usually be regarded as normal in Ireland. I think I was regarded as an alcoholic here though. :/

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Anonymous (214) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

BEST decision of my life, not only can you be coherent at the bars (instead of wasted) but you’ll feel excellent when everyone else is balls hungover

I haven’t been drunk in almost 10 months (and I was in a fraternity at a college with 35,000 students)

Dragon fruit vitamin water has been my buddy ever since @realestatejake

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Anonymous (328) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

This is the mind set I don’t get. Why do you “quit” drinking? Let alone maybe “depend” on it? Alcohol is like a kitchen staple. (Oh my god help me the vodka bottle just hopped on my mouth and drunkified me.)

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Alex (345) (@staylucky) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@justinr, You’re probably better off chugging a bottle of Jack than drinking that shit.

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Anonymous (214) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@staylucky, I’m not sure my liver would agree

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Alex (345) (@staylucky) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@justinr, A product called Vitamin Water that contains over 30g of sugar, crystalline fructose, citric acid, vegetable juice (colour) and ascorbic acid..

Your blood sugar levels must love you.

Switch to coconut water if you want to drink something sweet.

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Anonymous (214) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@staylucky, my blood sugar levels are abnormally low anyway so I’m not too worried lol

But yes I see the irony in the company name nonetheless

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Dan (890) (@danfontaine) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@realestatejake, I need to quit drinking too. I would say lots of dark, green veggies (broccoli and spinach namely) will clean out your liver and the rest of your system – they absorb toxins and it is moved out of your body. Coconut water for a delicious beverage that will do great things for your body instead of what alcohol does. And definitely, definitely exercise. Everyday. Sweat it all out. Rebuild from raw.
I might just do this for myself like starting tomorrow. I come up with some pretty lame excuses. Like, nutritious food is too expensive as if alcohol isn’t.

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Dan (890) (@danfontaine) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@realestatejake, Mainly I think we gotta amplify what alcohol takes away. Hydration, productivity, critical thinking. We’ll feel pretty lost without alcohol if we don’t regain these faculties very quickly.

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Alex (345) (@staylucky) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@danfontaine, You should only quit drinking if you need to. If you want to cut down then simply do that.

I get drunk at least once a week (9 times out of 10 on the weekend) but my diet is impeccable asides the booze. I steam, boil or grill all my food, only eat grass fed products, no bread or pasta and only drink Bulletproof coffee, veggie smoothies, coconut water and of course plenty of water.

It’s not hard to do, but it’s a pain in the ass at the start to work out what you’re gonna eat for every meal without it getting boring. You work it out as you go though.

My best suggestion: Find somewhere that sells grass fed organic meat and stock up on beef, lamb and chicken. If you can find some great quality bacon then don’t feel bad about grabbing that either and having it with some boiled organic grass fed eggs (you can steam the bacon if you like. Does not taste as good as fried but fried is good for you too in the morning. That fat will pump you full of energy. Just fry with extra virgin olive oil or MCT oil).

If you stop eating bread and pasta (I also cut out milk and cheese) you will notice a big difference. Try not to snack and if you must, get some good quality coffee and have that with some organic butter instead of milk.

My concentration levels have changed something fierce since I’ve adopted this lifestyle.

I also try and drink vodka sodas once in while to reduce my beer intake. It’s the cleanest alcohol out there, and while it gets me loose as fuck it’s still better for your body than beer.

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