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10 Reasons to Stop Drinking

Updated on December 2, 2015

Why should I stop Drinking?

Why should I stop drinking? That was a question that I used to quite often ask myself. As an alcoholic I quite liked being drunk, thank you very much, so why should I stop?

I had my circle of alcoholic friends with whom I could get drunk without feeling any guilt whatsoever, in fact, if you didn’t get drunk, they started to get concerned about your health! When I was drunk, I had no cares in the world, all my problems just disappeared so why the hell not, the last thing in mind was quitting drinking.

I have now been, what I class as a non-alcoholic, it’s just coming up to twelve months since I stopped drinking. I can’t say that I’m dry because I’m not, but I no longer drink daily or even weekly and when I am drinking I now know how to reign myself in. It’s still there though! Oh, yes! Even though I have stopped drinking regally, When I do drink, it’s just like meeting up with an old friend again and I know that if I’m not very careful; me and my old friend will become inseparable once more.

I’m writing this, not as a way of patting myself on the back for stopping drinking, but in the hope that it will be of use to someone who is out there, still thinking that being an alcoholic is OK, like I did. I’m not going to preach or even tell you about the medical risks of what you are doing because, I know that won’t work. No, what I’m going to do is list just ten of the simple things that I don’t miss about being a practicing alcoholic.

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When you stop drinking, you re-discover your own children
When you stop drinking, you re-discover your own children

Reasons to stop drinking – Childs Play

Before I quit drinking, I missed out on a huge amount of my own children’s growing up. To be honest, I set the scene well by being drunk at both of their births! You think that they like the drunken dad; he fools around, does silly things and buys lots of presents that he can’t really afford, but they don’t like it really you know.

Thankfully, my children never disowned me, although I know that they were embarrassed sometimes to be seen with me, but now that I’ve stopped drinking, the enjoyment that we get from just being together is immense. Dad can now see straight enough to play games, he can stay awake long enough to watch TV and we don’t spend all day in a pub. I’m so glad that I sobered up before it was too late and all their childhood had gone.

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Stop drinking and you won't wake up with all those bumps and bruises
Stop drinking and you won't wake up with all those bumps and bruises

Reasons to stop drinking – Bumps in the night

You know that you've been really drunk when you mysteriously acquire bumps and bruises in the night and you have no idea where they came from. They say that you bounce better when you’re drunk. Not true, you just don’t feel it until the morning. I once opened my front door with blood pouring down my face. I had apparently fallen and cut my head and hadn't even realised it.

If you are waking up with these mysterious bumps and bruises that you didn't feel at the time they occurred, then imagine what else there might be that you don’t remember from the night before. It might be time to stop drinking.

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Alcohol is a depressant. Stop drinking and depression is easier to control.
Alcohol is a depressant. Stop drinking and depression is easier to control.

Reasons to stop drinking – Really Bad Days

Alcohol is a depressant. I suffer from depression anyway, and for years I tried to use alcohol to cheer me up, but hey, guess what? It doesn’t work! I could fill several pages of this article with all the people that I have met in my alcoholic times who are alcoholic and depression suffers. Which came first, the alcohol or the depression? That is debatable, but there is no doubt that alcohol made my depression worse. I was hospitalised on several occasions, having made attempts on my own life; some of them were only half-hearted attempts, others were not so.

If you are drinking to cheer yourself up; then trust me, you are in a downward spiral. You drink, it blots out your worries, but then you wake up again and, not only are your worries still there, they are worse. So, you drink again, only more this time, and so it goes on.

Since I did stop drinking, my depression hasn’t gone entirely, I won’t lie, but it is nowhere near as debilitating as it was. I’ve even started to reduce the dosage of my anti-depressants so I am living, breathing (thank god!) testament to the fact that quitting drinking can help ease your depression.

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When your friends start to desert you, it may be time to stop drinking.
When your friends start to desert you, it may be time to stop drinking.

Reasons to stop drinking – Parting of Ways

Have you noticed how your circle of friends and acquaintances has been reduced in size lately? Or perhaps you find yourself in a new circle of friends now, the drinkers.

I never had a huge fan base, as it were, but over time those friends that I did have just started to evaporate. I didn’t notice at first, it was a gradual process, but I guess they just got tired of seeing me drunk and embarrassing myself.

Even though we live in an enlightened world, people still seem to fear both alcoholism and mental health issues and judge sufferers unfairly. If you have a friend who is needs to stop drinking, then he needs your help, not your best disappearing act! You wouldn’t desert a friend with any other dreaded disease so don’t desert a friend with this disease. It is curable and the best medicine for it is support from family and friends.

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Quit drinking and you can stop worrying about l the car.
Quit drinking and you can stop worrying about l the car.

Reasons to stop drinking - Wondering where you left the Car

They make light of alcohol induced memory losses in the movies, but an alcoholic blackout is no fun when you really have lost your car. The only upside is that you can console yourself with is at least you didn’t try to drive it home.

When you wake up in the morning and find no car on the drive, then that really gets your mind spinning. The biggest fear of course is did you have an accident and ran away. Fortunately for me, my biggest problem was only working out in which pub car park my car had been left, but cars and alcoholics really don’t mix for the obvious reasons.

If you are an alcoholic and you haven’t stopped drinking yet, you are probably drunk driving when you don’t even realise it and I don’t mean because you feel too drunk. When you drink high volumes all day, every day as I did, you have alcohol in your bloodstream, even first thing in the morning. No amount of black coffee and cold showers will get rid of it. Until you actually stop drinking heavily, it’s always with you.

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Stopping drinking will cure your diarrhea problem!
Stopping drinking will cure your diarrhea problem!

Reasons stop drinking – Being a Regular Guy

Getting a bit lavatorial here, but seriously, I don’t miss the explosive starts to each and every day. I won’t dwell on this point, but excessive alcohol really does play havoc with your digestive system and accidents of this nature are really unpleasant and embarrassing! I won’t dwell too much on this point, but suffice to say that, since I stopped drinking, morning visits to the bathroom are a little less fraught.

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Food is good for you. Stop drinking and you will start to enjoy it again.
Food is good for you. Stop drinking and you will start to enjoy it again.

Reasons to stop drinking – Solid Foundations

Remember that solid stuff that you used to ingest in between drinks? Well, that was food and it tastes good as well as doing you good.

Towards the end of the reign of alcohol over my life, I had reduced my food intake to just a few mouthfuls a day. For the professional alcoholic, food becomes an irritating necessity that interrupts the flow of alcohol and, rather annoyingly, it sobers you up a bit too.

I have now rediscovered food and it’s great! Actually, since I stopped drinking, I’m now over eating, but eating when sober, I can taste the food and I think it also acts as a psychological replacement for the beer that I used to drink; it’s something to do with my hands and it fills me up.

If you are replacing food with alcohol, not only are you missing out on the taste, you are doing long term harm to yourself. It’s not one of the side effects of alcoholism that is usually talked about, but even now, nearly twelve months on, my doctor still has me on six vitamin tablets a day.

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There is a whole world out there that you are missing because you haven't stopped drinking.
There is a whole world out there that you are missing because you haven't stopped drinking.

Reasons to stop drinking – Eyes Wide Open

Seeing the wonders of the world again sounds a bit over dramatic but it’s true. The first thing I noticed when I stopped drinking was the smells! It was weird to start with, but I could smell the grass, I could smell my food, I could even smell fresh air. Walking around in a constant alcoholic haze, you barely notice what is going on around you, but I promise you this; stop drinking and you will see a lot more of the world.


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When you stop drinking, you actually get to see a film all to the end without falling asleep.
When you stop drinking, you actually get to see a film all to the end without falling asleep.

Reasons to stop drinking – Watching the Finale

There are many things that you miss out on when you drink and to many people this one would appear to be so unimportant as to not even warrant a mention. I hadn't realised just how many of the films that I thought I’d seen I actually hadn't. I have found that, most of what I watched while drinking, I really hadn't taken in at all and I hadn't actually got to the end of just about all of them.

I must admit that the novelty of watching TV has worn off a bit now, but at when I first stopped drinking, I could sit and watch it all day long and never fail to find something new. It’s only a flippant point, but it really does highlight how completely unconnected with the world you become when you drink heavily every day.

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Drinking alcohol not only fills your bladder, it educes your bladder control too.
Drinking alcohol not only fills your bladder, it educes your bladder control too.

Reasons to stop drinking – Power Walking

And finally, for this edition anyway, one thing I really do enjoy, now that I’ve stopped drinking, is bladder control. OK, we're back to that bathroom topic again, but trying to walk in a controlled fashion when you are urgently in need of a toilet is no fun at all. You keep telling yourself; I’m going to make it, I’m going to make it, I’m going to…………… No I’m not!

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Stay Safe, Stay Sober

I’m not on a crusade against alcohol and I try not to take myself too seriously, but, if any of these points has you thinking then perhaps I have done some good. Whether you choose to stop drinking or not is entirely a matter for yourself, so long as you are not harming anyone else.

My drinking cost me everything, in the material sense, but that doesn’t worry me anymore. I am far happier a sober pauper than I ever was a drunk wealthy man. Give it try, you will enjoy it.

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      Okapina 3 years ago

      Hi Artois52, thanks for putting this up. This struck a chord with me as I have a couple of family members who are alcoholics, and I wish they had the strength that you have. That being said, your comment about how alcoholism is a disease and people shouldn't be ostracised for it, I understand what you mean, but at the same time, if said people make no apologies for it, are aware of it and do not want to get better, despite years of effort on behalf of their friends and family, there does come a point where the relatives have to draw a line, especially if the person continues to siphon money to fund their habit and makes life miserable for anyone else. They can only get better if they want to, and I hope that posts and blogs like yours inspire these people to make a change in their lives. Thanks for an interesting read.

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      Artois52 3 years ago from England

      Hi Okapina. Many thanks for your thoughtful comment. I'm really sorry to hear that you are experiencing alcoholism in your family. I was very lucky with my family, though it did cost me my marriage. I understand what you are saying and, unfortunately, I do know alcoholics who just don't want help. It's very frustrating to those of us who have, or are attempting to, beat it.

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      Mary McShane 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

      Artois52, This hub was copied from you and placed on a Facebook page called OHealth on February 2, 2014 where the work of many other hubbers has also been copied.

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      Artois52 3 years ago from England

      Hi Mary.

      Thanks for taking the time to report this to me.

      I've checked the Facebook page in question and they would appear to have just copied the introduction and then provided a 'read more' link to the hub itself.

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