Feeling miserable and hopeless due to my alcoholism.

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I'm a 55 year old disabled man with a 40 year drinking career. Growing up, alcohol was my best friend. From my first experience with it, I knew I would do it as often as possible. I found short periods of sobriety, the longest being 5 years, 25 years ago in the AA program. Since then, I have lost friends, family, jobs, driver's licenses etc. etc. Now I'm losing my health and hope. I drink a fifth or more of whiskey every 1 or 2 days on 20 or so different meds. I tried AA many times over the years, also been through treatment. The obsession is terrible!

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    I lost both my parent's through alcohol and I urge you to go to the doctor and get some help. I tried to get help for my parent's but they wouldn't listen. Please get in touch with your doctor and take it a day at a time. Good luck you can do this.


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    I am a 67 year old disabled man, but I only became disabled after an accident when I was 61.

    Up until then I had always drank but was classed by my gp as an "habitual drinker". Using that phrase rather than an "alcoholic " gave me hope.

    After my accident I lost my business which had taken me many years to establish, my creditors were soon on my back and my bank and mortgage company were close on their heels. Then I did start drinking heavily, to the extent that a large portion of my meagre benefits were going on alcohol. I was in such intense pain through my injuries that my gp put me on morphine. I soon realised that if I wanted to be pain bearable then alcohol was not in the equation. I stopped drinking but found myself thinking about drink all the time. I became irritable and unbearable, mean and nasty, downright self pitying.

    I needed something else to fill my time, I used to garden and do lots of diy when I was able now I couldn't.

    I know it sounds stupid and too easy to be true but I started playing my ps3 gaming consul. This took my mind off the drink and gave my hands something too do. I had the drink next to me but found myself too busy to pick it up.

    If you are serious about giving up you must find something to do to fill your time, a long lost hobby, walking, if possible.

    Best of luck,


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