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Taking That One Sip Of Alcohol Can Cause You To Relapse

Updated on September 1, 2014

Will You Dare?

I am not a Doctor nor a Therapist, but I can ensure you that taking that one sip of alcohol can cause you to relapse.

None of us alcoholics want to relapse, but in many cases people that have been addicted to alcohol, and have got sober, think that we are in the clear because we have been living in sobriety for sometime and figure it may be safe to take that one sip of alcohol.

This will be the biggest mistake any alcoholic to do themselves. To put our bodies through those tortures of alcoholism and back to abusing alcohol. This I am sure will happen if you are too weak and take one sip of alcohol.

All of us that have found sobriety, and have been sober or any length of time, will be so mad at ourselves if we break and take that one sip. We all worked so hard to get sober, and then to stay sober, and it would be a horrible thing to ruin our hard work and our sobriety, not to say what we would put our families through once more if we decided to start drinking alcohol again.

Don't Make That Mistake


Don't Do It!

I know for a fact, and know my body pretty well, if I would take that one sip of alcohol I would indeed relapse and be right back to drinking alcohol every single day. It would be a miracle if an alcoholic that has been sober and takes that one sip of alcohol and drinks one or two drinks and puts it down and never drinks again for some time, but in my opinion I don't think that would happen.

Don't forget my fellow alcoholics, we love alcohol. We lived each day to drink alcohol and couldn't wait to have that first drink of the day. We are all alike. We don't know each other, but we have that one thing in common and that is drinking and abusing alcohol. We love that feeling of the buzz and getting drunk don't we?

We have urges and temptations to drink alcohol during our sobriety don't we? The big thing here is to be stronger than those temptations and urges. We have to be stronger than our demons that lurk in our bodies just waiting in the wings for us to break and take that one sip of alcohol.

Think About What You Are About To Do To Your Life

Think before you decide to take that one sip of alcohol. think about what you are about to do to your life if you decide to drink alcohol again after being sober for so long.

Really, it will be the worse mistake you could ever do to your life and your body. Don't you think we have put our bodies through enough hell and torture when we drank and abused alcohol?

when you get that urge or temptation to drink alcohol, stop and think for just a moment and remember back when you lived as an alcoholic. Remember what you felt like each and everyday while you got drunk and did and said things you of never said or done if you were sober.

Remember what you put your family and friends through while you were having a great time drinking and abusing alcohol. I am sure you don't want to put these people that love and care about you through this life of hell again, never less what you will put your body through once again.

Do you really want to go back to square one of trying to get and sober again? Imagine if you took that one sip of alcohol and liked it just like before, and started to drink on a daily basis just like before and in some cases you will most likely drink more than you did before. It doesn't get better it gets worse each and every time you relapse.

The only way to NOT RELAPSE is to stay far clear of any alcohol and it's temptations. Get your mind and body busy at all times. This way, being so busy will not allow time for you to even think about alcohol.

If you feel you are getting those urges and temptation to drink, stay clear of all that drink. Stay away for places that you used to go and drink and get drunk. Don't hang around people that are drinking until you are certain that it won't bother you.

I go to bars and many parties that alcohol being served and it doesn't bother me one bit. In the beginning of my sobriety I stayed clear of all parties, functions and bars because I knew I would get the urge to drink and party right along with those that drinking and having a old drunken time.

Once I felt I have overcame my temptations to drink, I started to go to all those family functions, restaurants that had bars in them, or just served alcohol during your meal. I knew I had it licked as far as being around alcohol, but don't get me wrong, I still to this day get those urges and temptations to drink, but I know how to get it out of my mind just as fast as it came into my mind.

Life's Great


Don't Think It Can't Happen To You

Please never think that you are different than all those other alcoholics that have got sober. Don't think you are cured of alcohol just because you have been clean and sober for some time.

I can almost guarantee if you take that one sip of alcohol thinking nothing will happen to you and you can have that one, two or more drinks and go right back to living a sober life the next day like nothing ever happened the night before.

Your body and your inner demons would be thrilled that you poured that poison back into your body. Once the demons get a taste of that alcohol they will NOT LET YOU OUT!

You will be trapped once more and listening to your demons. Give me more they will say and if you are not strong enough to say no in the first place I have a feeling that your sobriety will be no more for a very long time my friends.

Like I said in the beginning of this article, I am not a Doctor nor a Therapist. I can only say what would happen to me if I were to take that one sip of alcohol and I am pretty sure it would happen to you as well, and if it doesn't, you are a very lucky person.

I would give anything to have a beer or a glass of wine to unwind after a hard days work, but I know myself and my body and know what would happen if I did. So, know your body and no to say NO to all urges and temptations to drink alcohol.

You will thank yourself in the end,believe me!!

Peace and Serenity


© 2014 Mark Bruno


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    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      3 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      word55, thank you so much for your support my friend, but to tell you the truth I am afraid to touch that drink, so in my case I think I should just stay away even though I want to. Better safe than sorry in my case.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      3 years ago

      I can't imagine how hard it is to resist one drink. It is a constant battle I'm sure for those who face this trial on a daily basis. Your words are medicine to so many out there, Mark.

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      3 years ago from Chicago

      Thanks to you Mark, I assure you that because you have matured so, since those days, if you drink just one beer or 1 ounce of a hard drink then you will have shown discipline and strength because of your love for and determination to please God, you will not over do it. You may have that drink and maintain your place in the goodness for God and Christ. Your consciousness won't allow you to over do it at this point plus your followers believe in you. We don't ever want to see you tipped over or out of control so go ahead and be bold. It's the holiday. You're a man. You're in control. The drink mustn't control you. Just remember, being a Christian means, being under the influence of God in Christ...

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      3 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      word55, thank you and God Bless you for all you have achieved over the years. I loved to drink and what it made me feel like , but to tell you the truth, if I were to have one I think it would be over. Not sure really but I am afraid to even try. I believe in God so much and in fact I wrote a hub a few years ago explaining what happened to me the night I decided to stop drinking. It was called A life changing whisper. God bless you and stay well my friend. read that hub. I would put the link here but not sure if Hubpages allows that,

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      3 years ago from Chicago

      Hello the clean life and tony55, 1st of all, Happy Labor Day! No Work, hey hey... 2ndly, I am a Christian man. Before I considered myself a Christian, I ha to rid and clean myself of ALL sins. I had succeeded. I stopped smoking, drinking, and fornicating (3 of my most struggling sins). I had conquered all of them. Anything is possible through the love of Christ. I stopped smoking over 30 yrs ago, stopped drinking 20 yrs ago and as for fornication, 3 yrs ago. So, last week, at my niece's home, I drank 2 cans of beer for the 1st time since at a White Sox game in 2005. My point here is, I had no fear of drinking a beer last week. After becoming a Christian, I couldn't over do it but did it with discipline. I actually enjoyed being sociable and in control of myself. I felt that one can was enough and I really gulped it down. Then they brought me another one and I gulped it in 3 shots down. After that, I knew I had had enough. I felt the buzz. I felt good and I was being a Christian. I didn't talk loosely, like I used to. In fact, I felt more committed to Christianity as I socialized and spoke spiritually to the company I was in. I would advise that people let God's spirit guide them, discipline them and regulate the things that they do. The Bible says, It is not what goes in the mouth that defiles the body but it is what come out of the mouth that defiles a person

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      3 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      tony55- Thank you so much for reading and commenting on this hub. You have it so right, "if you haven't started to drink alcohol, don't!" Fighting the temptation to drink again is really hard, but with the willpower to stay sober forever you will indeed beat that temptation and urge to drink.

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      3 years ago from Nigeria

      The Clean Life, you've got the perfect, really cool beer physic.My fellow alcohol lover I started drinking beer rather early in life and still do, but cant seem to find the time to indulge in my favorite past time theses days.

      My advice to others who haven't indulged in this selfish habit is don't start ever!. The fleeting euphoria in the moment is not worth the physical pain when the drug has gone its course, yet we seek that moment of blissful joy to endure headaches and bouts of dizziness.

      It is true that those who have become strong alcoholics who want to stop the silly habit should fight the temptation to dink that single mug because they cant control the craving.

      Seen one of the worst cases of Alcoholism stop the habit through sheer mind over matter. Beer is cool but if you have a week constitution I say keep of the larger/spirits.

      Vodka, Alcoholic wine and Brandy are even worse never liked them, interesting and unique hub voted up.


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