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10 More Reasons to Stop Drinking

Updated on December 8, 2015

Why I stopped drinking

There are many, many reasons why I’m pleased that I stopped drinking. Being alcohol dependant doesn’t seem so bad, when you’re the one that’s drunk, but it’s the impact that you are having on others around you that really matters.

It’s also very difficult for those people around you to understand the problem. I’m not making excuses for the alcoholic, but it really isn’t as quite as simple as some TV presenters, who make their living from belittling those who suffer from addictions, (Jeremy Kyle) make out.

How can you help an alcoholic in your family or circle of friends stop drinking? That’s a difficult one; you can see that they are killing themselves, but they just won’t listen will they. From the alcoholic’s point of view, part of the problem, or the excuse, is that, those people telling you that you are killing yourself, have no idea what you are going through.

That’s why I write hubs on these topics. Alcoholism eventually led to the breakdown of my marriage, the loss of my business and, ultimately, a three month stay in a mental hospital. Despite all this, since quitting drinking, I have re-discovered so much of what life has to offer and it is some of the smallest things that I have re-discovered that have really made me appreciate not being drunk 24x7 and here’s another ten of those things.

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Stop drinking and you get invited to family ocasions again
Stop drinking and you get invited to family ocasions again

Reasons to stop drinking – No more being the black sheep of the family

When family gatherings start to happen around you and you’re not invited, you should start to wonder why. It’s not that they don’t love you anymore, but you being falling down drunk at every wedding you attend wears a bit thin after a while. Looking back, one of my worst family event experiences was being told that I had drunk the entire supply of beer in the house by the end of Christmas Eve. That should have told me it was time to stop drinking.

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That awful morning seating stops when you quit drinking
That awful morning seating stops when you quit drinking

Reasons to stop drinking – No more early-morning sweats

You can blame the central heating setting, you can blame the hot weather or can blame nerves, but the truth is that you’re excessive sweating is down to the alcohol. Before I stopped drinking, I used to wake up in a pool of sweat, I started to wear T shirts under my ordinary shirts to try and soak it up and I even tried using super strength antiperspirants that they made my skin raw, in an attempt to stem the flow. Now I’ve stopped the drinking, guess what? The sweats have stopped!

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Stop the drinking and you stop the smell.
Stop the drinking and you stop the smell.

Reasons to stop drinking – no more wondering why people keep opening windows

Ever wondered why people open windows when you walk in the room? No amount of showering and deodorant can mask the smell of an alcoholic. You don’t smell it yourself, but the alcohol is actually oozing from the pores of your skin, even first thing in the morning. I was once banned from entering the offices of one of my best business customers because some members of staff had complained about the smell. Unless someone tells you, It’s not until you stop drinking that you even realise this.

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When you stop drinking, you stop repeating yourself.
When you stop drinking, you stop repeating yourself.

Reasons stop drinking – No more repeating yourself

Yeah, you told me that yesterday. That was something that I used to hear often before I decided to stop drinking. You think that you are having a perfectly sensible conversation, it all sounds great to you, but really you are really drivelling on about the same thing that you were talking about yesterday. Worst of all, you begin to make up different excuses for the same mistake and that really gives the game away, as if people needed any more proof of your problem.

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Quit drinking and suddenly you have loads more money.
Quit drinking and suddenly you have loads more money.

Reasons to stop drinking – no more treasure hunting

You’d think that you would realise that you have the rock bottom that people talk about when you find yourself scrabbling around under the bed looking for change to buy a drink, wouldn’t you? It doesn’t work that way though, and, to you, there’s nothing wrong with it. Now I’ve stopped drinking though, I can afford to buy my kids presents and treat myself with chocolate and sweets instead. I may be putting on weight now that I’ve stopped drinking, but that’s a far more satisfying and enjoyable way of spending my money than on one last drink.

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Being in a police cell is no fun.
Being in a police cell is no fun.

Reasons to stop drinking – No more room without a view

Hopefully, you've not got to this stage yet, but a night in a police cell is no picnic, even when you are drunk. Once you are arrested or detained under section 136 of the mental health act, all of any dignity that you have left is thrown straight out of the window. You are taken to the police station, in handcuffs if they are concerned either about your own safety or the safety of others. Then you have all your personal possessions removed from you including shoes, belts and anything else that you might use in a suicide attempt and, in some cases you are strip searched just to be sure. Your cell door is shut and you are left to sober up or for a mental health specialist to come and assess you. A pleasant experience, it is not, I can assure you, and one that will make think about stopping drinking all that alcohol.

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Stop drinking and get through the entire night without having to get up.
Stop drinking and get through the entire night without having to get up.

Reasons to stop drinking – No more frequent visits to the bathroom

On a slightly lighter note, it’s fantastic to be able to go through the entire night without having to get up and go the bathroom! What’s worse is that the alcohol makes you leave it to the last possible minute, so you find yourself hopping on one leg, adjusting your clothing and raising the toilet seat, all in one go. No, I don’t miss that since I stopped drinking either!

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Drinking blanks out more than just the bad thoughts.
Drinking blanks out more than just the bad thoughts.

Reasons to stop drinking – no more midnight revelations

Alcohol is great for blanking out the things that you don’t want to think about, but boy do those thoughts coming flooding back again at night or first thing in the morning. The trouble is that when they come back again, they come back with a vengeance, so you haven’t really achieved anything. It also blanks out the things that you want to remember, and they come back to you at the most inconvenient times too. Things like, now I remember where I was supposed to be yesterday. Not a lot of use at 4.00 a.m. the morning after. If you stop drinking, believe me, you will be wondering how on earth you managed to function when you were, at best, semi-drunk all the time. The fact is that you didn’t.

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Stopping drinking avoids all those trips to A&E
Stopping drinking avoids all those trips to A&E

Reasons to stop drinking – No more free taxis to A&E

After a while as a practicing alcoholic, you get to know your way quite well around your local accident and emergency department. You’re frequently whisked there by the taxi with the flashing blue light, either because you have taken a tumble again or because you have fallen into a drunken state of depression. What you don’t realise though at the time is that the bed you are sobering up in could have been used for the kid in the waiting room who has had an accident. If that was your own child, perhaps you would have come to your senses a bit quicker.

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You can find your way home easier, when you are not drinking.
You can find your way home easier, when you are not drinking.

Reasons to stop drinking – No more orienteering

Getting lost in the dark is one thing, but, getting lost when you are off your face is entirely another. You find it quite amusing, when you can’t find your way home. You walk around in circles, take a few breaks at some pubs on the way, you always seem to find them OK. Until eventually you spot something you recognise, get your bearings and off you stagger.

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Stay safe, stay sober

Quitting the drink is not easy; I wouldn't pretend that it is. But, now that I have stopped, I really do find myself enjoying life more. There is no quick fix to the problem either. I think that once you have passed a certain point in your drinking habits, some kind of switch in your brain is flicked on, a switch that you can never switch back off, the switch that makes you susceptible to alcoholism for the rest of your life.

Just because you can never flick that switch to off position again doesn’t mean that you can’t learn to control it, you can so go for it! It’s not easy, but I promise you, it’s worth it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Keep raising awareness; I'm right there with you. Well done!

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      Artois52 3 years ago from England

      Many Thanks billybuc

      I just hope that it will do some good and help someone.

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