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    Hi, have been reading all these posts and feeling very emotional. Wine like many of you out there has been my "drink of choice!" Its so easy to get through a bottle without realising. Finally decided must do something to control it as am frightened of long term health problems. Have managed on one glass a day now for one week but life seems rather grey and have experienced some of the withdrawal symtoms mentioned, fatigue when I thought I would have more energy, nervousness when I thought I would be calmer etc..!!! I have very supportive husband and a lovely life in France, so why this need for something more? Just want to drink like everyone else seems to be able to, but then no-one really knew that I was struggling with it, so maybe there are more people with the problem in my social circle than I think!! It is so lovely to know that you are all out there and I am not alone.:new:

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    welcome CATNIP you have just joined the right group and its nice you have managed to cut down your drinking on your own, am sure you will get the help you need here,
    welcome again

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    Hi Catnip - welcome.

    You have found a great group of people here who will help you in any way they can.

    Many people here are successfully controlling their drinking either by moderating or going completerly Alcohol Free (AF).

    This place WORKS - I have currently 6 1/2 months AF behind me - after 20 plus years of drnking uncontrolledly.

    Post often - read lots - download the book - it costs very little - and read.

    Then hop on here to ask questions or just hang out.

    If you need help urgently - post in the "need help ASAP" area - cos we check there often for people struggling or in need of urgent support.

    Hope to see you around

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    Hello Catnip and Welcome -

    Glad you jumped in. One glass of wine a day is indeed moderate! And I can understand the disappointment that you didn't feel better right away. I don't know how long you were drinking or in what amounts, but a week is not very long, so don't despair. Especially for women, with our complicated and sensitive physiology.

    Also, your body won't fully detox from the alcohol until you get rid of it completely for a time. Even that one glass will keep you from cleaning out. If you decide to pursue the initial 30 day AF period - you will feel a big change, especially after day 9 or 10.
    Why not try it? Then you can decide whether to moderate or continue AF with a clear mind and body! The book explains this approach.

    Keep reading and posting-
    wonder xx

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    Catnip: good for you . . .I just posted on this website yesterday . . . decided myself I needed to make a change and take control back of this alcholol thing . . .may be we can help each other?

    I happen to be a control freak so that fact that I need or want to have a drink ever night truly is astonighing to me . . .up until several years ago I never drank . . .not at parties, not in my youth . . just didn't care and wasn't interested . . . .come from a family of alcoholics and knew the damage it could cause . . . .

    so here I find myself trying to figure out how to have it be no big deal when in reality I know I just need to stop . . .cold turkey . . . so I ordered RJ (the fonder of this website and organization) book and herbal supplements that are geared for aid in the withdrawal process . . . and I'm going to go for it!

    Let me know how I can help you . . .hang in there and it will get better because you've DECIDED it will donna

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    Catnip

    You're doing really well....many folk here would give their right arm to be able to moderate at 1 glass a day!

    It might be good for you to do a 30 day AF.....it's quite a challenge but you will probably find yourself thinking differently and changing your ideas about alcohol

    Well done!


    Suze x

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    Welcome catnip!!!!

    You are going to find a lot of support on this site. We are all here for you to help you accomplish your goals!!!!

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    Catnip, beware of WonderWorld who has stolen my headshot. A lawsuit is pending.

    You will find many sincere heartfelt offerings of help here, and also a lot of silliness. I LOVE IT ALL. Lots of fun people here. Some have drinks in their hands as they type, some don't---but the common denominator is, we're all aware of the fact that drinking has become an issue at some level.

    Love your name. My old kitty is a "catnip-a-holic"!!!

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    Catnip , Welcome!! I CANNOT allow you near my kitty, he will become even more deranged.:H
    Glad you have joined us, many people here have similar stories. and we are fun. especially Jane Jane, she thinks she is either Kyra Sedgwick or Susan Dey .. I am all confused .. Marcia Brady was here earlier too. sorry for the tangent . Seriously , this is a great site, so much support and wisdom.

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    Dex and Jane.....stop frightening new people please! :H Take your medication and quieten down LOL.....................


    Suze x

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