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      It's so much nicer to 'feel' bedtime rather than to collapse in a drunken stupor ��

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      I'm still thrilled about not going to bed groggy, and not waking up at 3 am feeling anxious, every night- and I've been sober for over a year now. In hindsight, having a few drinks every evening before dinner-which i did for some 30 years-was just plain stupid! Oh well live and learn.

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      I agree Shadow. I become optimistic when we have a newcomer b/c we get to experience them gaining a better life. There will be bumps along the way but it is all so worth it. Tapering might work for you and you may want to ask for medical help and if not you can buy an anxiety reliever OTC called Calm's Forte or google supplements for insomnia, anxiety, etc.

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      That's great that you cut down on the wine Shadow. I was a very heavy drinker for many years but quit 3 and a half years ago. I agree with others that it is easier to quit than to try to taper. Too easy to finish an opened bottle of wine. I am always careful about offering advice because we are all different when it comes to withdrawal symptoms and you don't want to put yourself in danger.
      When I first quit there was some sweating and headaches - nothing dangerous. but mostly it was crankiness and insomnia. This passed although I will always be a light sleeper. I lost a ton of weight and the puffiness from drinking. My health greatly improved and mentally I am so much better. Well well worth it.
      Anyway keep posting and we will try to support you through this.

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      Thanks for kind words everyone. I keep thinking if I get my drinking down to a lower level then quit, the withdrawal won't be so bad, but not sure if it works like that.

      I'm up fretting in the middle of the night. I have a lot to fret an]bout. Nothing serious. Just lots of issues giving me grief.

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      When I quit drinking I soon stopped finding myself up fretting in the middle of the night. So I'm betting you have that to look forward to if and when you do take the plunge into the calm waters of sobriety! 😀

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      Pleased with another night of sticking to 1 bottle of wine (although was strong 14.5 per cent), I have been having 2 bottles and more at weekend. Feeling loads better ready already. Feel like I can do this.

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      Last night I was rubbish I had some good news and felt I needed to celebrate it. Put it behind me. Planning on a no wine weekend.

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      Hi there Shadow. One of the things for those of us who choose to be sober is that we decide that we dont need AL to be our buddy when we celebrate, commiserate, socialize, get angry, sad, watch TV, enjoy a sunset, keep warm in winter, get intimate with someone, relax in the bath etc. These are all things that millions of people do all over the world (well mostly) without AL. Sure, our social conditioning and habits have shown us otherwise -but it doesn't have to be this way. It seems like it does but the occasion, moment or feelings itself are what it is about. Others may drink but thats their choice or their addiction.
      It takes time to get this way of seeing AL as an annoying and unnecessary addition to our lives - and remember most of us here on MWO are addicted.
      It might seem like a struggle but IMO once you let go and accept your addiction and dont see it as a battle or a struggle it really helps. You arent powerless in any of this. But we need help and extra support (for some medication) to get to this shift in thinking.
      Keep at it.

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      I did it. Last night one bottle of fruit cider. That's so bit a drink. Raring to go this morning.

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