Hey everyone, I’m brand new here, so I’ll tell you a bit about my past…
I’m now four days clean. Alcohol has been my substance of choice. I’ve never been an everyday drinker. More like a couple days a week (2-3 on average) however when I did drink, I couldn’t stop at two or three beers. It’s often 8-12 minimum.
So far, it hasn’t caused a ton of immediate problems in my life. I’ve typically reserved it for weekends, although there has been a couple of workdays I’ve been super hungover. No DUI’s or family problems… at least not yet. Call me a functioning alcoholic if you will.
Nevertheless, I’ve come to the realization that I need to get a grip on drinking before it becomes a problem or gets out of control. I think the best choice is to cut it out completely.
My trigger is definitely stress. I’ve got an incredibly stressful job. Either I’ll begin drinking on a particularly stressful weeknight and won’t stop, or wait till the weekend, hammer a few dozen drinks, and be hungover feeling horrible the entire weekend.
I honestly don’t know any other ways to handle the stress. I’ve been doing this for so long. The problem with alcohol is that it provides and immediate (albeit temporary) solution when nothing else does.
Had a horrible day today. Pulled into my driveway, then pulled right out and went to the liquor store. Didn’t go in. Instead came home and now I’m writing this.
Can somebody give me a few ideas on positive ways they handle stress? I really need some help here… thanks in advance, this seems like a very helpful group.