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Getting through wine o’clock

July 24, 2014 810 comments

Late in the afternoon is often the hardest time. How do you get through the witching hours without drinking?

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  1. I take it this is day 1 for you today? This is my day 1 too. I am known to drink 2.5 bottles of wine when I’m in a good house cleaning mood. Now I have had enough drinking, waking up with hangovers, dry mouth syndrome the list is endless. Time to step back take a good hard look at myself. I am so over drinking really! However, I know I can not do this alone. So if you don’t mind if this is your day 1 and mine, pretty much looking for support.

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  2. I’m with you. Reading this site to prepare me for tomorrow. I’m amazed that the wine o’clock thing is an issue for so many people. Thought it was just me. 1 bottle of wine per night for most of the last 15 yrs.

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  3. Made it thru Day 4. Was worried because it was payday
    Hung in there tho… seeing the $ saved def helps. Come on Day 5! We can make it thru the weekend sober.

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  4. Hello All,

    Day 4, and miserable,. Sleeping with medication currently. I had had a minimum of 2 bottles of wine every day for over a decade. I didn’t loose a job, I didn’t loose a marriage and financially I somehow managed, though the latter was getting more challenging. In some way, if my life had crumbled, I almost feel this would be easier. But I made the decision for economic and health reasons to stop, My mind is now playing tricks but I will soldier on. I just wish I didn’t feel so low.

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  5. Success on Day 3. Very shaky at certain points… tomorrow will be eventful. It needs to be without alcohol. And I’m anxious about the weekend & my coping skills. Meh…

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  6. Into Day 3. Intense night sweating (still??) But at least midnight vs 2am+ with insomnia. Up early today for errands. I was being over confident yesterday. EVERY day is my danger zone… I like the toolbox calculating how much $ saved. A teeny push to remind me at my drinking hour…

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  7. Day 2 a success. Abit frazzling & unnerving at one point… but I managed not to veer towards the liquor store. My eating habits are really messed up. I look like I eat pound cakes for meals but actually whenever I feel hungry, it usually means take a sip. Bloated is a whiskey curse I didn’t realize existed. In any case… looking forward to Day 3. And really writing in here each day to SEE it… I’ve been to other Days before. The danger within is that once I feel better, if temptation arises, I tell myself I can control it this time… my danger zones are later on.. I can not control it. And I am determined it will not have another chance of controlling me. Thank you for this site.

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  8. Onto Day 2. Had the immense sweats all night. At least the insomnia lessened to 2am vs 5am. Crazy dreams. The weird disconnect from yesterday is gone. Feel heavy & stiff. Woke up to sunshine.

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  9. Made it thru Day 1. A little shaky… I am a whiskey drinker about a pint or two a day. Despite I can’t afford it, can’t control it & the weight gain – I just have not been ready to stop. I have had many Day 1s of ‘oh I can control it by only 1x a week which turns into 2x etc. ‘ I am happy to find this site. I think I finally get it. I can’t control it. And it’s ruining everything. I need to quit. My adult children are currently not believing in me because I have had Day 1s before. But it feels different this time. Wish me luck on Day 2. I’ll need it.

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  10. Yesterday I was so hungover & tired I didn’t want any booze. Today was ok as I went over & over in my mind thinking just how bad my drinking has become, & how lucky I was on two recent occasions not to have ended up in prison or a coffin! I can now finally except I am an alcoholic!!

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  11. Got through day 1 yesterday, feeling the immense torture and pain today. Trying to convince myself that I do not need a drink wondering when I lost myself and where I have gone.

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  12. Well i guess i can say today is my first day? Mainly because i was on the booze last night. So i eould therefore not drink the next day as i feel too ill. One day Last week and last night scared me. I have started drinking almost 2 bottles of wine. I couldn’t go to work today. I was in panic this morning crying searching for help as I’ve come to realise alcohol has started to control my life. I found this site after texting alcohol and drug addiction helpline. That made me feel so small and helpless. I have connected with a few lovely people on here and am truly grateful. I know it is probably not going to be easy but i will fight this come hell high or low waters.

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  13. Hi AuntBridg
    We made it through day 1 of my many day 1, hope this is the beginning of the last. I slept rough last night sweating, kicking blankets off then hunting for them later in the morning goes on. Today was a testing day for me at work. Manager asks me to clean out the booze fridge at work, get rid of the wines that are 3 years and over. He doesn’t care how I dispose of them just get rid of them. Last week I would have jumped at the chance to take them home, but today nah to hell with it. I will leave them on the bench with a note ” Help yourself”.

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  14. Hi marcy i am day 1 again i fell off the wagon time and time again. I want to stop drinking. Tonight is day 1 i need to keep myself sober for me.

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    1. I’m on day 1 again too – I know how horrible today feels and in my boozer mind i would feel better if I drank. But we know we will wake up tomorrow and be done with Day 1 – and drinking today would mean never ending cycle. To get through wine-o-clock tonight I’m going to make a simple meal and get under blankets in the couch. Maybe I will cry. Anything is better than another day 1.

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  15. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. Good morning, sober friends! I love this quote. When I struggle with situations, I always concentrate on handling myself with grace. I know that no matter what the outcome, at least I know that at the end of the day I will not have embarrassed or shamed myself by handling my emotions well. And not the false grace of being overly understanding, or falsely tolerant and compassionate to others but the sober, quiet, calm, loving ability to process emotions with true honesty. I am working on adding grace to love and gratitude to compile a powerful tool to put in my toolbox to handle whatever adversity may come my way and to deal with triggers. I am at peace this dreary 6th week soberversary, knowing I put my sobriety first and my family and the world are much happier for this, Grateful to LS and to you all today!

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  16. I need to stop drinking so much. Not ready to say nothing. It’s damaging my relationships. And I hate myself in the morning.

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  17. Hi, Hope you read this. I have suffered from insomnia my entire live. Fight club type insomnia, madhouse type insomnia. It has driven me to drink and drugs. The need to quite down the mind a must.
    In the end I went to a shrink that put me on low dose anti psychotic. Seriqual. It is a horrible drug with many side effects but without it I would be dead. Not suggesting at all that you start taking medicine but it might be a good idea to go to a sleep clinic and to see a shrink for sleep related mental help. You are going to have a hell of a time getting off the drink if you are not able to sleep.

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  18. Hi, Hope you read this. I have suffered from insomnia my entire live. Fight club type insomnia, madhouse type insomnia. It has driven me to drink and drugs. The need to quite down the mind a must.
    In the end I went to a shrink that put me on low dose anti psychotic. Seriqual. It is a horrible drug with many side effects but without it I would be dead. Not suggesting at all that you start taking medicine but it might be a good idea to go to a sleep clinic and to see a shrink for sleep related mental help. You are going to have a hell of a time getting off the drink if you are not able to sleep.

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  19. Just got through day 27 and feel like Day 30 will be a bit of a mile stone, even though tomorrow will be 4 weeks. I have gone through alot of things that I thought would be more difficult, having friends over for a hockey game, going to the legion, going to a party, telling our best couple friends and my golf partner! I am waiting until I get deeper into my sobriety before I let others know! I have found fruit smoothies, non-alcohlic beer and flavoured water help around the times I would usually have a scotch, beer or wine, also this site and the Recovery Elevator help me get through the tough moments, knowing that all my feelings and behaviours are experienced by many more people than just myself! Just wondering if there is somewhere else i can post these types of comments to start a different kind of conversation involving my recovery?
    Thanks for any advice you can offer! Hammer

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  20. I love kombucha – I pour it in a wine glass – and I think the ritual of it still “relaxes” me – but no night sweats and no fog in the morning. Make a pretty fruit infused water and put in a wine glass or flute.

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  21. I love kombucha – I pour it down n a wine glass – and I think the ritual of it still “relaxes” me – but no night sweats and no fog in the morning. Make a pretty fruit infused water and put in a wine glass or flute.

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