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connie 24067 connie 24067

Think I need help!!

Hi I've been drinking 3-4 beers sometimes 6 almost every night for about 4-6 months  due to stress and pain using it to coperolleyes my husband is getting quite concerned and so am Isad I'm not into AA I know I can quit on my own, just need some support from people in my shoes... any helpful  advice you can give me to start my journey to quit this filthy habit I'm tangled up in? I also smoke only when I drink 😤 

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  • nicole36330 nicole36330 connie 24067

    You Havnt been drinking that much for long.So please please stop now.I wish someone had told me that back in the day but the more and the longer you drink the more your pathways will be damaged.

  • JulieAnne101 JulieAnne101 connie 24067

    Hi Connie

    Not disputing the fact you probably could stop, but I believe you need to tackle the pain and stress that is causing you to drink in the first place. If you don't, you could be driven to pick up again, right?

    I take it you have been to your gp? Sorry for asking such a basic question. If it's a physical pain the doc will definately have something that can help. If the pain is causing you stress then the doc will have something for that too. Unfortunately, alcohol is a great pain reliever, but it brings along with it a whole load of other problems.

    Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

    PS excess alcohol causes more stress

    Kind Regards

    JulieAnne x

    • connie 24067 connie 24067 JulieAnne101

       Hi Julie, yes I have, I'm awaiting surgery I've also reached to my doc for Councelling and through that I'm getting lots of helpful informationsmile I am doing all that I can to nip the things that are causing me stress but alcohol always has been my " go to" stress relieverrolleyes

    • Robin2015 Robin2015 connie 24067

      Like you I used alcohol as a stress relief. Massive amounts and i eventually and had to stop. You are right in being apprehensive and wanting to reduce your drinking. Try. Robin wishing you best of luck

    • JulieAnne101 JulieAnne101 connie 24067

      Yes alcohol is so easy isn't it? Easy to buy, easy to drink. You will have to find something else to relieve your pain and distress. I know when my Husband used to taper back, he wanted lots of sugary things. There are a few people on this forum that will agree with me about sugar cravings after detox!

      As your are seeing a counsellor, it might be a good idea to ask them for a strategy to help you find something to replace the hole alcohol will leave you with when you have stopped.

      Regards

      JulieAnne x

  • sara89946 sara89946 connie 24067

    You have to find a different coping mechanism for dealing with the stress. I totally understand, I was the same (up until a week ago). I wasn't in to AA either but I kind of have to go for legal reasons and it's actually kind of fun. Everyone is really nice and encouraging. You can go even if you haven't quit yet. 

    Or, go and have a chat to your GP? Again, mine was really supportive and non judgmental. 

    Good luck!

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