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Getting through wine o’clock

July 24, 2014 652 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 have just read a few blogs and it is so nice to know that I am not alone. I have virtually wasted a whole weekend by feeling like a good for nothing with a hangover. Tomorrow is another day. I am sober today and I so hope I stay sober tomorrow……..

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  2. I thought the exact same, I don’t have a problem but the fact that I crave wine made me realize that is one of the indicators that it has more control over me then I think. There are plenty of functioning alcoholics and we are celebrated and socially acceptable in fact I feel rejected when I decline a drink offered to me rather than accepted. I could go on but the point is thinking about not drinking has revealed to me that it has more control than I care to admit. My first step has been to admit it and secondly educate myself further to help me see the patterns of behavior that still point toward my desire to take on the biggest challenge ever which is sobriety. I literally have said similar words to yours. I am greatful I don’t have a worse dependency in my genetics and know I must challenge myself to be sober completely (no wine with cooking and dinner) to gain back total control.

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  3. This is one of the most difficult issues for me. Eating something sweet helps. Not the most healthy thing to do but alcohol was far worse. I love those very very sugary fruit slices.

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  4. I just read one today I will try tomorrow …notice (the thought) name (the thought/feeling) let it be …don’t try and control it just observe without judgement and it passes

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  5. I came upon Mrs. D’s blog the other day and then this site. Both are very helpful. I like Mrs. D’s idea of drinking a non-alcoholic drink in a pretty glass with a stem on it so as not to get “stem withdrawal”. Good one Mrs. D! I also believe that reading about previous bad experiences, and visualizing my own past bad experiences helps immensely, at least in my case. Here’s to one day at a time! (lifts pretty glass with stem on it)

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  6. Edenvale 0% alcohol free tastes just like the real thing but NO ALCOHOL
    also I see this comes up often on the blogs but good on ginger beer just yum

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  7. Distraction with another activity. Gym. Eat. Sleep. Focusing on Now. Blogging on support site. Going outside. Watching TV. researching other sites for positive/inspiration support. Drinking water. Drinking Coke if I feel really bad. Chocolate. Talking to spouse. Crying.

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  8. i usually grab a glass of water and head to my craft room and make a card or two, it gets my mind off that awful debate going on in my head !!
    at this stage im still having interesting conversations with my mind … haha

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  9. Just keep thinking how proud you are waking up feeling clean. I’m a little further than you, day 48, but those times (late afternoon, after work and enjoying the outdoors) I would love my wine. I threw away my favorite stemless glasses and returned the unopened bottles of wine, so although there is still other wine for guests, my go-to habit was eliminated. I also think the thought that others have posted, which is l never wake up thinking “I wish I had had that drink .” Keep reading Mrs D, Unpickled, and tired of thinking about drinking, you will feel inspired and not alone

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  10. Yes, read the article in paper today. I have always had a low tolerance for alcohol, got lower as I got older. However I notice myself slipping back into it. I may buy wine, and tip some away to ensure I don’t drink it all. One glass out at dinner with friends is ok, but I start to drink at home, if I am angry, if I come home from a good night out and it does me no good and at mid 50′s I know it need to stop. I really have known for years this needs to stop and I have stopped for periods of time, but as I don’t drink that much ( tolerance) I convince myself it is ok, but for me it’s not, definitely not. So need to follow some ideas from wine oclock and surf the urge as written…. and and and

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  11. Hi, I am new to this site. I am 47yrs old and alcohol has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. First getting drunk at 9yrs old. As a teenager and early 20′s I would binge drink, blackout and wake up to hear the horror stories of the way I behaved. Now I seem to be more tolerant and don’t necessarily get drunk that often but drink daily, usually about 7 standard drinks per day. A mixture of beer and wine. I have attempted to give up many times and have only managed once many years ago for about 5 months. I now have health problems related to my drinking where I get painful attacks of gastritis. Still, I find it difficult to go a day without drinking. I am ready to try again but it is soo hard. Thought I would try some online groups such as this to help support me.

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  12. Hi, I am new to this site. I am 47yrs old and alcohol has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. First getting drunk at 9yrs old. As a teenager and early 20′s I would binge drink, blackout and wake up to hear the horror stories of the way I behaved. Now I seem to be more tolerant and don’t necessarily get drunk that often but drink daily, usually about 7 standard drinks per day. A mixture of beer and wine. I have attempted to give up many times and have only managed once many years ago for about 5 months. I now have health problems related to my drinking where I get painful attacks of gastritis. Still, I find it difficult to go a day without drinking. I am ready to try again but it is soo hard. Thought I would try some online groups such as this to help support me.

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