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    What are your symptoms of withdrawal?

    Hi All,

    So, I have been drinking too heavily for about 2 years, I have tried to quit in the past but only managed a week. I decided enough was enough last week when I had drank 2 bottles of wine and couldn't get myself out of bed to go to work.

    I attended the local drug and alcohol centre and that hit me like a ton of bricks, being asked questions about my drinking in a tiny, grubby little room that stank like a mouldy alcohol refinery was one of the lowest points for me.

    Its been 8 days now and this time it feels different, I feel I am really going to beat it. What I want to know is am i experiencing withdrawal? or am i just a miserable sod?

    My symptoms
    Insomnia
    Increased appetitie for sugar in the evenings - Chocolate bars, soda etc
    Lethargy and hangover feeling in the mornings
    Bad cold that wont shift
    Headaches
    Irritability
    feeling of the world on my shoulders
    Inability to focus for more than 5 minutes
    Lack of drive

    I wonder if anyone can share their experiences of post drinking, and how long can I expect it to last for... if indeed these are withdrawal symptoms?

    Thanks all... perhaps I am just a miserable sod though.

    Nailz

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    What are your symptoms of withdrawal?

    Hi there Nailz.
    These 'symptoms' of withdrawal seem pretty much the norm for a long term drinker quitting. I think I have felt pretty much all of them in the last 2 weeks of sobriety after 2 months of near constant drinking. But there have been more positives than negatives as the second week has passed, and today at nearly 2 weeks I feel great, and ready to move on.
    So , no, its not 'grumpy sod' syndrome!

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    What are your symptoms of withdrawal?

    Hi Nailz
    I too wondered about the withdrawal symptoms. I am AF on day 20 and feel so much better but indeed experienced and am still experiencing some of your symptoms too. Tiredness, headaches now and again, definitely the increased sugar craving in the evening but all in all I feel so much better than when I was drinkng. My original plan was to stay AF til about the end of May and then hopefully moderate. NOw that I am AL free and feeling so good/well and more relaxed and less anxious I find myself being scared of what might happen in the future if I do decide to take a drink in the summer. I dont want to ruin all the effort I have put in, I'm not sure I really even want an alcoholic drink but part of me knows if I have one, it will be back to the same old, same old, over indulging in the vino every night and feeling like crap the next day. So I suppose the old saying one day at a time really holds true for me and after a while, the days go by quicker. Best of luck in your journey.

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    What are your symptoms of withdrawal?

    After coming out of a bad binge, my heart feels like it is out of rhythm. No headache. And after hating myself the first day my mood is fine the next. I know I am lucky to have survived this far, which is why I finally quit. I used to go easily 2-3 weeks between 2 day binges. The urge is either with me, and seems overwhelming, or I am totally disinterested in alcohol and you couldn't force me to take a drink because I don't want it. This time I am going to protect myself during that dangerous 2-3 week period.

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    What are your symptoms of withdrawal?

    I've just gone 4 days AF in a long time and day 3 was horrible cos I was shakey but inside not visisbly it was really weird. But yeah headaches still not sleeping properly I feel nervous almost all the time atm. I have to say tho being hungover is way worse and every day I'm getting stronger.
    Pyes

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    What are your symptoms of withdrawal?

    keep strong guys, I guess I am getting what i deserve for not keeping control, but I am absolutely resolute that I will not be drinking any time soon, regardless of the withdrawals

    Cheers

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    What are your symptoms of withdrawal?

    SarahH;1080387 wrote: After coming out of a bad binge, my heart feels like it is out of rhythm. No headache. And after hating myself the first day my mood is fine the next. I know I am lucky to have survived this far, which is why I finally quit. I used to go easily 2-3 weeks between 2 day binges. The urge is either with me, and seems overwhelming, or I am totally disinterested in alcohol and you couldn't force me to take a drink because I don't want it. This time I am going to protect myself during that dangerous 2-3 week period.
    Totally identify with this Sarah, the 10-14 day period has always been my downfall since I started to take as many AF days as I can this year. I was doing great up until last Saturday, someone annoyed me and bang!!! Def an emotional drinker I think although for years up to attempting this journey seriously, I didnt really need the excuse and went for it anyway. I know when my trigger period is going to be and am going to surround myself with good people and good thoughts and the help here to get through :l


    My withdrawall patterns go

    Day 1, 2 - Shame

    Day 3-7 - Feeling slightly tempted but wont. slight regret that I cant ever pick a drink up again - EVER - Paranoia that everyone I meet knows? Weird dreams, listlessness...


    Ive only ever got to 14 days but Day 7-14 are usually good times for me

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    What are your symptoms of withdrawal?

    Nailz, first of all, great work on the 8 days. It does sound like you are going through the withdrawal that I went through. Unfortunately it does take time. It took me about three weeks to get rid of the headaches. I never expected how mentally draining the first few months of sobriety was. I expected the physical aspects (not the sugar cravings though, that hit me out of the blue). It is hard work.

    The great news is that you feel it is different this time. Go for it, hang in there, fight the battle. You can do it. Surf the urges, because they will come. Expect them, and let them pass.
    All the best,

    Hill

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    What are your symptoms of withdrawal?

    Hi hunni, every single thing you listed is what I suffered from. It lasted a good 3/4 weeks but as I got stronger I managed to start moving on from the big gaping whole al left and found new activities to do which helped me slowly overcome my symptoms. After those, I found I cried a lot, when I was happy, excited, low ect ect as I was learning how to deal with my emotions again. I found that I had numbed them for sooo long I had to learn them again from scratch. I was just as bad as my little 3 year old *lol* that has also passed now and I'm starting to settle into al life. It takes a while to regain everything!

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    What are your symptoms of withdrawal?

    Hi Nailz,
    Great work on your 8 days! I think the symptoms you're describing sound very common to most of us at that stage, but would like to suggest some medical intervention rather than battling along on your own. For the first few months of my sobriety, I took anti craving medication and it really took the sting out it. I still had to do the hard yards but they certainly saw me through the worst of it. Med's aren't for everyone but they can often give you the opportunity to manage your craving's independently if that's what you prefer.
    All the best

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