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    Re: Kicking my alcohol problem

    Quote Originally Posted by RedPilledSimp View Post
    I'm doing fine, brother. Thank you for asking. I'm really mentally prepping for my smoke quitting attempt. In my previous attempts I had the most success by making a stop date in the future and ween off cold turkey. I planning to take a few days off and spend them alone, so I can be in gloomland pulling my hairs out in peace and quiet.

    How are you doing?
    I'm more than fine, thanks! one thing about quitting any addiction is the ''what do i do with my time'' and in case of smoking ''what do i do with my fingers'' a lot of people quitting smoking in Europe use this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liquorice to chew on and keep the fingers busy, others turn to candy and turn into a living round sausage. try to prevent that from the get-go. maybe these dried sticks of liquorice root can help you as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrackingPanda View Post
    I'm more than fine, thanks! one thing about quitting any addiction is the ''what do i do with my time'' and in case of smoking ''what do i do with my fingers'' a lot of people quitting smoking in Europe use this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liquorice to chew on and keep the fingers busy, others turn to candy and turn into a living round sausage. try to prevent that from the get-go. maybe these dried sticks of liquorice root can help you as well!
    Good point: replacement is a common issue when kicking addictions. I'm already aware of that phenomenon so I'll be able to immediately skip that part. Ingesting candy/ "bad food" when having craving moments is a pitfall I intend to avoid. I'll just accept I'll have some weight gain after quitting tobacco. That's to be expected: the metabolism of the toxic ingredients costs energy, with that going away gaining some weight is accounted for. But I don't feel like going full landwhale by stuffing my face full of sweets.
    This is also the reason I'll quit cold turkey: the sooner the nicotine is out of my system, the better. I think it'll fool me if I start with nicotine pills or something like that: I'll just replace the cigarettes.

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    Re: Kicking my alcohol problem

    Its one of the best things you can do for your health and life. I am 32 and finally quit a few months ago. Lot more energy and less depressive bullshit from being hung over. Alcohol is overrated as hell. Its just dehydration juice.

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    Ok. After going through all the posts, here is the thing with me Jackoff and RPSimp: first of all, I thank you both for this discussion. I used to be a heavy drinker but NEVER a day drinker. I somehow need the sun down before I start drinking EVEN when I’m on vacation to a different country. I have been drinking daily from 2005 tho. I’ve never been a beer or wine man. I’m a whiskey aficionado. I think I used to have a drinking problem (drinking at least 350ml of whiskey every night and an occasional beer every now and then thrown in the mix) but I think I managed it well. Now, I consume 200 ml every night between 6:30pm and 11pm. And I eat a hearty dinner in between.

    Cut down on my consumption last year as I started having all-day hangovers the next day. Not any headache, just complete lack of energy and focus. Ever since cutting back, I have not had ANY bad side effect. I eat well (3 squares a day) and walk 4.5 kms everyday. Had to force-quit during the lockdown for 42 days straight in 2020. Only withdrawal I had was I was sleeping VERY late. NOTHING else. Never got into fights and never been in any trouble aside from minor arguments with buddies. No blackouts, nothing else whatsoever.

    I really, really, really love drinking. My life is as stress free as possible at the tender age of 44. Drinking just makes my nights better with a good buzz. AND I prefer drinking alone. With buddies, I have a tendency to overdrink so I stopped that long ago. Your thoughts?

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    Re: Kicking my alcohol problem

    Did I forget to mention, I’m really addicted to chew Need that shit first thing in the morning!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WanderLuster View Post
    Ok. After going through all the posts, here is the thing with me Jackoff and RPSimp: first of all, I thank you both for this discussion. I used to be a heavy drinker but NEVER a day drinker. I somehow need the sun down before I start drinking EVEN when I’m on vacation to a different country. I have been drinking daily from 2005 tho. I’ve never been a beer or wine man. I’m a whiskey aficionado. I think I used to have a drinking problem (drinking at least 350ml of whiskey every night and an occasional beer every now and then thrown in the mix) but I think I managed it well. Now, I consume 200 ml every night between 6:30pm and 11pm. And I eat a hearty dinner in between.

    Cut down on my consumption last year as I started having all-day hangovers the next day. Not any headache, just complete lack of energy and focus. Ever since cutting back, I have not had ANY bad side effect. I eat well (3 squares a day) and walk 4.5 kms everyday. Had to force-quit during the lockdown for 42 days straight in 2020. Only withdrawal I had was I was sleeping VERY late. NOTHING else. Never got into fights and never been in any trouble aside from minor arguments with buddies. No blackouts, nothing else whatsoever.

    I really, really, really love drinking. My life is as stress free as possible at the tender age of 44. Drinking just makes my nights better with a good buzz. AND I prefer drinking alone. With buddies, I have a tendency to overdrink so I stopped that long ago. Your thoughts?
    my thoughts? Brother: if you enjoy drinking and don't consider it a problem, by all means! Enjoy it. Raise one for me if you're at it. In my case I actually was in the same flow you are, but I let control slip away ever so slightly until I faced I was on the verge of getting truly addicted. Furthermore it hindered my work and I started to get neurological symptoms: tremor in my hands, "hickups" in my information processing (in sober state) and trouble with my eye movement. The latter hasn't fully subsided so I'm afraid I'll be stuck with that. It's irritating but manageable. My decision to stop was based on not making it worse and frankly I was afraid of drinking myself into Korsakow (alcohol dementia).

    From your other post: what's "chew?" yeah, I know what the verb means but I think you mean something else.

    Cheers my friend!

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    Re: Kicking my alcohol problem

    Quote Originally Posted by RedPilledSimp View Post
    From your other post: what's "chew?" yeah, I know what the verb means but I think you mean something else.

    Cheers my friend!
    Chewing tobacco. If you don't partake, it smells and looks awful. My old man was big on nicotine until he got older. He said chew was the hardest to quit, though he never stopped entirely.
    Every day I make the world a little bit worse.

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    Thank you, chaps! The “chew” I chew is not that bad Smells really good too. But yeah, it’s tobacco at the end of the day. I hope it’s not as bad as smoking but do not have all the answers. Thanks again, RPSimp and frog. Cheers!!

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    Re: Kicking my alcohol problem

    Quote Originally Posted by RedPilledSimp View Post
    My first post. I want to share I have an alcohol problem. I know every addict will say this, but I wasn't addicted just yet. I drank because I liked it and not to feel normal, I didn't have withdrawal and had no craving. But I was fucking close to the cliff.
    Absolutely not proud that I let it out of control but I am having a sense of accomplishment to say I'm 2 years sober now.
    Next stop: smoking. Mentally prepping for it. It'll be harder because I am addicted to that shit.
    It may be worth listening to some subliminal audio to help stop smoking. Those go straight to the subconscious and form new beliefs. This is not to be confused with listening to standard audio affirmations that are processed by the conscious (and almost immediately rejected as untrue).
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    It may be worth listening to some subliminal audio to help stop smoking. Those go straight to the subconscious and form new beliefs. This is not to be confused with listening to standard audio affirmations that are processed by the conscious (and almost immediately rejected as untrue).
    Thanks for the advice. In my case I'm actually very simplistic in mind. As I see it, the bottom line is: stop using the substance. I have quit smoking a couple of times before. I know: "one can't hurt." And the best way for me is ween off cold turkey. I have set a stop date in mind and took some days off. So I can suffer the craving and be in a fucking bad mood all alone. The first 3 days are the worst but it's uphill from that time. I know I'll get craving attacks but they'll diminish in length and intensity in time. I bet all other stoppers can vouch for that.


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