Going to quit drinking.

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by TUEP, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. TUEP


    Apr 8, 2007
    After spending my 20's and half my 30's as a consistent beer drinker I have decided to give it up. It's nothing to do with a New Year's resolution, just the other day I was sipping on beer feeling sorry for my since getting laid off of work. Something got me. I thought "What am I doing? I don't even enjoy this anymore." Then I got to thinking of all the money I wasted over the years, and the damage drinking has done to my family and friends. I dunno something just clicked with me, and I have lost all desire to drink. Used to be if I was going to get snowed in on a weekend I would want a stockpile of beer to last me, and as long as I had hotdogs, and Ramen I would survive. Today when I went to the grocery store, I didn't even think about buying beer, I got some veggies, steak, and yogurt. It's kind of weird how I just lost the desire to drink. What I am going to do is take my beer money and just put it into savings, now that I got a new job and payoff some old debts. Loved drinking beer for years, but the hangovers are worse, it is expensive, and I am sure I can do something better with my time.
  2. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    good luck with it...really...

    I don't drink beer but you can send me any good Scotch you have to get rid of. :)
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  3. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    I only ever really enjoyed a beer after working up a good sweat on hot summer days and then chugging a cold one in about 20 seconds. Then relaxing with a second.
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  4. TUEP


    Apr 8, 2007
    LOL!! Quit drinking liquor a long time ago.
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  5. Barefoot greg

    Barefoot greg

    Apr 24, 2016
    With the exception of Caffeine and tobacco, I've been completely sober for the last 18 months. Recovery is actually what led me to take up a new hobby, which is how I started playing bass. After all I needed something to spend all that extra cash on haha
    But I digress, I can't express enough how much my life has changed for the better since cleaning up. Best of luck to ya brother!
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  6. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    That's about how it went for me too.
    I even remember asking myself one night the same question you did.
    I wish you well bro, and hope this turns out the way you'd like it to.

  7. Bent77

    Bent77 Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    Desert, Colorado
    8 years sober here, it's all good
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  8. 5544


    Dec 1, 2015
    When I went from sitting at the bar everyday after work to not drinking, it was because other things got in the way of my bar time. I signed up for a couple of classes at the community college after work, got my first computer (late 90's) and a couple other time consuming things. After a couple of months the amount I noticed that I had a lot more money than I normally did.

    I still have a drink now an again but I limit myself to 2 max because I would end up losing count after 3. Old habits don't die...
  9. twinjet

    twinjet Powered by GE90s; fueled with coffee. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    I used to down a six pack a week, sometimes two. I cut back, down to a six pack a month. Not because I had a problem with alcohol, nay, I enjoy a crisp Hef or a wheaty Belgian. But instead, I saw my dollars go to my waistline. And so I don't drink as much.

    Good luck.
  10. Christine

    Christine Guest

    Aug 3, 2016
    I used to drink fairly heavily, now I drink less often not at all. The big difference to me other than saving money and waistline is feeling generally better/healthier and more alert.... The other benefit is I actually enjoy a drink more now than I did then (said the guy still sobering up after a 2 week bender over Christmas :roflmao:)
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  11. Tom Bomb

    Tom Bomb Hypocognitive

    Apr 23, 2014
    Once in a blue moon, I'll have a tipple. Not my bag either, OP. Boozin' got its marching orders twenty odd years ago. I regret nothing. Stick with it.
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  12. capnjim


    Mar 13, 2008
    Congratulations! I have been struggling over the last couple years trying to quit. I have been cutting down, but its still too much.
    Don't be surprised if 3-4 days in, you feel like crap. Stick with it and you will end up feeling much better in the long run. Plus, the cash saved is substantial.
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  13. blastoff99

    blastoff99 Moderators Local A440 Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2011
    Under the flight path

    Still rooting for you and hope you'll find an AA group that suits you better, FWIW.
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  14. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    If you don't want to drink, don't. It sure won't hurt you!

    Problem solved.
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  15. Grumry


    Jul 6, 2016
    I prefer smoking to drinking.
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  16. friskinator

    friskinator Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    At this point, I'm wondering how many years of drinking I have left in me. I don't do it much anymore (maybe 1 or 2 a week), but if I go past 2 of anything, I'll definitely feel it the next day. Me and the wife went out with some friends for dinner last night, and I had 2 glasses of red wine. Closer to a glass and a half, really. I barely slept last night, and I don't feel great this morning.

    It's getting close to the point where ONE is going to be my limit. Getting old is fun.
  17. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Good luck with it!
  18. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Good luck. When you go from wanting something because you like it, to needing it, it's not good.
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  19. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    I had a similar realization in my mid-20's and abruptly gave up alcohol for good when I turned 28. Every single aspect of my life miraculously began to improve and I have never once missed drinking. In my experience, it does take a certain fortitude to establish a new identity as a non-drinker. If you stick with it, you will be amazed and disgusted by how omnipresent and ubiquitous beer is in our culture. Drinking is borderline mandatory in many circles. You have to be prepared to reinvent yourself completely, on your own terms. Good luck!
  20. TUEP


    Apr 8, 2007
    Especially in music.
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