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      You know you're an alcoholic if...

      I'll get the ball rolling on this one:

      1. You rearrange the contents of your recycling bins so that all your empty alcohol cans or bottles aren't showing so the neighbors won't suspect you're an alcoholic.
      2. You juggle convenience/liquor stores so that the clerks won't suspect you're an alcoholic.
      3. The clerk at the convenience/liquor store urges you to attend a meeting.
      4. Before you go anywhere the first thing you think about is whether alcohol will be available.
      5. The first thing you think of when waking up is drinking.
      6. You got up in the middle of the night to drink.
      7. You can go days without eating and survive only on alcohol.
      8. You eat less so you can make up the calories in alcohol.
      9. You tell a friend coming over you don't have any alcohol even though you do.
      10. You shake like crazy but still finish your beer and crack open another.
      11. You drank all day but still didn't pass out.
      12. A friend/family member tells you they can outdrink you and you laugh. Then everyone else backs you up on it.
      13. You run out of places to hide your empties.
      14. If someone says "I can't wait until Friday to get wasted" you have a little giggle inside.
      15. If you buy liquor with the highest alcohol content for the lowest price with no regard for its taste.
      16. If a cop/doctor has ever taken you're BAC and asked how you're still conscious.
      17. If you profess to be a sports fan because drinking is more acceptable when watching sports.
      18. If you're idea of one drink is however much that can fit in your largest cup.
      19. If you go to AA/NA meetings to find new drinking buddies.

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      20. You go to AA/NA just to pick up those aluminum chips and then when you have enough you sell them to recycling and use the money to buy more alcohol.

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      Sad, but I can relate to almost ALL of these. Welcome aboard, aihfl, sounds like you're one of us! See two links in my signature line below. Hope to see you in the Newbie's nest! t
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      Haha - I downgraded to the 50ml bottles at one point because they were easier to conceal!

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      I never understood the rotating liquor store thing. I could care less what they thought of me. Also how else did you get any bulk discounts?
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      Quote Originally Posted by aihfl View Post
      I'll get the ball rolling on this one:

      1. You rearrange the contents of your recycling bins so that all your empty alcohol cans or bottles aren't showing so the neighbors won't suspect you're an alcoholic.
      2. You juggle convenience/liquor stores so that the clerks won't suspect you're an alcoholic.
      3. The clerk at the convenience/liquor store urges you to attend a meeting.
      4. Before you go anywhere the first thing you think about is whether alcohol will be available.
      5. The first thing you think of when waking up is drinking.
      6. You got up in the middle of the night to drink.
      7. You can go days without eating and survive only on alcohol.
      8. You eat less so you can make up the calories in alcohol.
      9. You tell a friend coming over you don't have any alcohol even though you do.
      10. You shake like crazy but still finish your beer and crack open another.
      11. You drank all day but still didn't pass out.
      12. A friend/family member tells you they can outdrink you and you laugh. Then everyone else backs you up on it.
      13. You run out of places to hide your empties.
      14. If someone says "I can't wait until Friday to get wasted" you have a little giggle inside.
      15. If you buy liquor with the highest alcohol content for the lowest price with no regard for its taste.
      16. If a cop/doctor has ever taken you're BAC and asked how you're still conscious.
      17. If you profess to be a sports fan because drinking is more acceptable when watching sports.
      18. If you're idea of one drink is however much that can fit in your largest cup.
      19. If you go to AA/NA meetings to find new drinking buddies. and finally…
      20. You go to AA/NA just to pick up those aluminum chips and then when you have enough you sell them to recycling and use the money to buy more alcohol.
      There are many in our world who think that some or none of these will ever apply to them -right? Please allow me to suggest to any single one of you that happen to be reading this list that all 20 items listed above can become your reality if you do not put the plug in the jug. Most all of the items listed above and more became my reality and damned near killed me -you do not have to fall this far if you are just willing to ask for help.

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      Quote Originally Posted by kuya View Post
      You always buy the smaller bottle of vodka EVERY day cos you know you will drink more if you don't.....and the embarrassment when the shopkeeper keeps asking why you don't buy the bigger size and save money?

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      You know you're an alcoholic when you can read the list of 20 things, relate to nearly all of them, and think to yourself "well this is just life in the fast lane no worries here!"

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      Last edited by lex; March 29th, 2016 at 09:07 PM.

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      Funny Lex!
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      Re: You know you're an alcoholic if...

      21. You drink your alcohol out of a coffee cup thinking no one will know.
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