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Why I quit drinking alcohol

Updated on April 14, 2013



Never been a big drinker

I am no big alcohol user, I drink a glass of wine in the evening with dinner or so. I usually don't get drunk when I go out or when at a party. But there are these times, rare occasions when I flip, completely. You see, I have learned from my first big crises in life that if I drink, and get to a certain point of drunkenness I can't seem to stop. The lat times I have been drunk for real I can't really remember. These occasions are rare and happens once a year or less but the behavior is the same every time, and that truly frightens me.

My father has not been drinking at all in about 10 years time now. He did not get sick and classified as an alcoholic, he just made a decision for himself and for his own health to stop. He has also warned me and been kind of worried for me when I have told my parents about what has happened. (And yes I talk to them about almost everything) And my reaction to it has been that he worries to much and that it's not so serious, and that it happens so rarely.

Yes, it might happens rarely but when you are in that position and denying the fact that you might be in trouble, then you actually are in the biggest whole of all.

Why quit?

My drinking behavior may not be dangerous if you compare it to many others, I don't drink much or often. I do have had some bad drinking experiences, but who hasn't?

The reason why I felt that this was the time to end this, was the last time this happened. Was that I was terrified of what could have happened that night. Even though I was around friends, I did not know what I did, and it doesn't matter if others can tell me later, because deep within I still don't know.

I also think about my future, and the fact that I want kids one day, maybe a dog. I can't keep have this kind of behavior happening, even if it's only once a years or less. I obviously can't control myself with alcohol and have no limit when I have had a few drinks. So my only, and the best, solution is to quit it.

From now on I won't drink any more wine, I will just use it in my cooking. I will drink no other beer than non alcoholic variants, and my spiritual self and my body will thank me for it.

Effects of alcohol abuse

Abusing alcohol can cause your body great illnes like:

  • Heart disease
  • Liver disease
  • Psycological problems
  • Incresed risk for cancer

Also it can cause you even grater social issues.

About 5000 people under 21 years of age, dies every year due to drinking.

In the US alcohol is legal for people age 21 and older. In Sweden it's legal to drink and buy alcohol in a bar or restaurantwhen your 18 years old. To buy alcohol in the store (only sold in special store) the age limit is 20 years.

When seeing what happens to people of all ages when they drink alcohol, it is kind of strange to me that it is still a legal drug.

Do you have a healty drinkingbehavior?

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      Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I think we all have a point of no return. My opinion is that we should not let ourselves get to that point.

      I drink once in a while, no schedules or patterns ... if I feel like having a beer (or whatever else) - I will. If I want to have two, I will drink two ... I just know my boundaries and I like to remember what I did last night, no matter what happens. It is a matter of personal will. I will what will happen.

      We are all different though and what is good for me is not necessarily good for someone else and vice-verse. That is why I think the most important thing is for each of us to know ourselves.

      Good article. Thank You for sharing your thoughts and experiences.

      All the best!

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      Tara Carbery 5 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      I love the way you have seen what happens when you drink too much and have the strength and sense to stop so nothing bad happens. You truly are an inspiration. I love the fact that you have come to this decision alone without losing everything to make you come to your senses. There was no mention of AA or any outside help, just you saying 'enough is enough' You are a brave and kind person. I wish you all the best.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      My body doesn't like alcohol or handle it as well as when I was younger. I quit not because I had a problem but because my body said it didn't feel good. I wish I could say this about sugary treats but one item at a time.

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      Brian Leekley 5 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      For sure, Jeshon, do what seems best.

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      Giselle Maine 5 years ago

      I think you are very smart to have made this decision for the reasons you have given.

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      Alan R Lancaster 5 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Just as in the question 'Is fear the same as respect?' you have to respect alcohol, not fear it. Should you 'fall off the wagon', you might fear where the demon drink will lead you. Get drunk a few times, ration yourself strictly much of the time, and go steady with the stuff at best. I like a good ale or whisky/whiskey, and many considerations come into my use of it not least of which is the economic consumption of it.

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      Olmed 5 years ago

      But the world would be a much better place without alcohol..

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      Arren123 5 years ago from UK

      Interesting hub, wise decision. A drink once in a while will never hurt anyone. I don't drink much these days, did many years ago, but now it's not often I do. Voted up and interesting :)

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      Alan R Lancaster 5 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Being in Sweden, I don't suppose it's much fun having to buy a round these days. I've heard Swedes take the ferry from Malmo to Copenhagen because the price of drinking's marginally cheaper in Denmark. (That was a while ago, it might have changed since). We're not that far behind with booze prices here, but it's a while since I overdid it - at the bosses' expense anyway - and nowadays I take my ale a pint or two at a time. Spirits? I've got a half-bottle of Famous Grouse on the mantlepiece at the back of the living room and that'll last me for a while, unless my son in law visits and we'll have a glass each. Jack Daniels and Bushmills or Jameson's comes welcome when I fancy them. Take it or leave it, though. With current licensing laws here more and more retail outlets - pubs - go to the wall every month in the face of stiff competition and overbearing breweries. We could be in the same position as Sweden in a decade and the decision would be taken out of our hands... Travel to Carlisle and drink ourselves under the table there!

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      jeshon 5 years ago

      Yes, but that is because it is a little absurd. Why people like being drunk must be to let go of their normal behavior and do things they otherwise wouldn't. When on the other side I don't really like that occasion and go home when the drunkenness has spread too much :)

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      Olmed 5 years ago

      One of my drinking friends still brings on drinking histories and invite for a round. But one side-effect of being a non-drinker is that you "risk" to start view the whole drinking culture as totally absurd.

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      John MacNab 5 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

      An interesting hub Jeshon. I stopped drinking alcohol last year. When I was diagnosed with Celiac disease and hade to stop taking Gluten, I found it easier just to stop drinking alcohol than go searching for gluten free beer. Keep on writing.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I'm occasional drinker, but sometimes I cross the limit and get drunk. Thanks for sharing your experience.

      PS: Thank you very much for being a follower. I'm following you back.

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      jeshon 5 years ago

      Hav to agreewith the sober aproach to life. It's a hell of a lot better! Cheers to you all !

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      Olmed 5 years ago

      I came from non-drinking home. Never drank regularly but as with you I got kind of extreme when drunk. I had enough uncritical incidents to learn from but it was only after a specific incident which almost took away all my pride and self-esteam that I recognized my unhealthy relationship with alcohol.

      My shame is mainly healed with only occassional flashbacks, but it is still a reminder of one good reason for me to happily be a teetotaller.

      In addition: nothing beats being sober 100% of the time. It is truly a characterbuilder and gives you peace inside with good chances of a happy life. No hangovers or post drinking anxiety will ever visit again..! Cheers to life!

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      Raitu Disong 5 years ago

      Good decision Jeshon!


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      yssubramanyam 5 years ago from india, nellore. andhrapradesh

      when i think of drinking alcohol, i get lost for some time. i had very bitter experience which made me to suffer from severe inferiority in all respects. with strong determination and will i fought for a week from its haunting sensations to drink. but i controlled. i over powered it. at present i drink only on special occasions with lot of care. good hub.