Brussels and an excuse to drink more

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I remember when the US what hit by terrorists...actually my nephew was born on that day of Sept 11, 2001.  And I was at work.

​I was very ignorant to what was going on...all I knew was we were being sent home early.  The airport is 3 or 4 blocks away from  house.  My Supervisor at the time was very KEEN to what was going on before it was even announced it was an attack.  She said...this is being done on purpose....and because I lived so close to an airport....I said I wanted to go home to be with my kids.

​I DIDNT realize the severity nor did I even think there was a possibility of my airport being attacked..but since the Supervisor thought it was a threat to all airplanes and airports...I used that excuse to go HOME AND DRINK.

​I also used that excuse the next day..(I was hungover)...and said that I wanted to keep kids home from school in wake of the attacks and the fear and media frenzy on TV.   Of course everyone else by then was on board with how terrorizing the situation was....but I was just happy to have an excuse to stay home and drink.

​Now that I am sober...and see the "true" affect these terrorists are having on all of us...my heart goes out to you guys.  And anyone who is using this as a reason to be "stressed", stay out of work....etc...I GET IT.

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    I was in the Twin Towers in 2000 (business trip) and on holiday Oct 2001 (West Coast) and it certainly was a peculiar time.

    Being British, we're used to it, we had many decades of being bombed.

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      Thats really sad.  Isn't this a really BIG one thou?

      ​I can't believe how sad...

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    You posting this made me realise that I didn't DRINK then.I mean I drank and probably more than my friends and till I passed out quite often but I didn't drink inappropriately,IE,in the morning,during the day when the kids were at school.Even though even in those days I thought my drinking was a bit of a problem I never realised it would get ad bad as it had.A bit like my weight,when I had my second child at 31 I was up to 9.7 stone and I was mortified,little did I know I would pile on even more weight....hindsight and all that
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      nicole smile "passing out quite often" is drinking to excess (inappropriately).  Yea, unfortunately it is progressive....I can reflect to back then too...and say that the night after I came home from work to "be with kids"....I went to the hospital to visit my sister and her new baby...I was DRUNK.  At the time I thought I had it under control too...but I definetly knew like you...it was a problem.
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      This will make you laugh Nicole, talking about weight. When I came out of hospital, I had lost about four and a half stone. Now this will surprise you, but I was 14 stone and underweight, about as wide as my walking stick. I know, how can somebody be 14 stone and be underweight, but I am, that is underweight for me.

      I was sent to see the hospital dietician, who told me off for not eating whilst in hospital and informed me, that I had to start eating, or my organs would start shutting down. So, as well as putting me on a protein drink, that not even GPs can prescribe, it has to be hospital dieticians, she gave me a diet sheet to follow.

      Stick this in Google and read the top reply:

      'swh 00909'

      Yep, I was ordered to eat that sort of food.

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      I can't believe you were encouraged to drink fizzy drinks and energy drinks!

      And cream cakes lol

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    Wow, your son born on 9/11. I remember being at work and an American client of mine coming in and telling us. Never forget it, along with when princess Diana died. We all remember where we were at that time when we heard the horrifying news.

    Re Brussels so sad. Re Paris, I was on a bender with best friend. We both felt so selfish that we were drinking ourselves do death whilst all these innocent people had been murdered. Through being in the wrong place whilst we chose to play the game of Russian roulette. 

    Digusted in myself and my illness :-(

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      No..not my son smile...my sisters son was born...My kids were already like 15 and 12.....I'm old too...lol.

      ​I feel guilty now....but i did'nt then...I always felt out of range of these attacks because I never go anywhere....but now....it can happen anywhere...in a super market...etc.

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      Aww...I used to feel ashamed too....its such a mind playing condition.  But, nicole...you (WE) really are sick...just some don't recognize it and make us feel guilty...which is why we come to rooms like this so that we feel accepted.  I don't think everyone will ever...accept that it IS a DISEASE like cancer....some cancer is curable....unfortunately alcoholism has proven to me that it is not curable at all.
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