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Getting through wine o’clock

July 24, 2014 935 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. 8 days today. Wasn’t sure I’d make the weekend but I ended up breezing thru it. Went into work both days and filled my time ahead of time. Really funny how much time I had to get shit done when drinking wasn’t my priority for the weekend. Have a Wedfing next weekend new challenges ahead! Guess I should just worry about today

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  2. I’m sick of the daily struggle, so my step dad is taking me to aa tomorrow and I know this is the best thing but I AM FREAKING OUT!!

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  3. I just want to be free, not to think about holidays and days planning when I can have wine. Grumping at the kids constant headache. Then having more wine the next night. It’s sad. Day 1

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  4. I have been in a terrible pattern for many years of drinking more and more come 4pm through the night. I can now down at least a bottle of wine a night, often 2. it has truly affected every aspect of my life and I feel the most unhealthy I have ever felt. I used to be a big runner, but it has taken away my motivation and energy to do any kind of exercise. I have three children that I must pull myself together for. I don’t want them to think of their mother as this person who drank too much every night of the week. I never drink in the day but come 3pm, all I do is count down the seconds to 4pm when I can start drinking. how do I get over this? I feel like I can’t break this cycle and am almost afraid of a night without it.

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    1. Sign up to receive sober blog articles to your email; read several every day; comment on some. Sign up to receive “The Fix”. Ask Belle @ tiredofthinkingaboutdrinking.com to be your sober pen pal. Download “quit that” app and see how much $ you are saving (BIG motivator for me). When you reach a certain amount-spend some on YOU! Buy yourself small treats every day or two. Find at least 2 replacement drinks to keep on hand. Write/journal.

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  5. Day 2 in bed at 9 up at 12, 1, 2, 3 looks like I’m just up UGH. Felt like a rocks glass and a book would have done the trick. Didn’t go there. Wtf need some sleep. At least I’ll get an early start at work right now that’s the best spin I can come up with. Tired

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  6. Stay away from the crowd that drinks.
    Attend an AA mtg. in lieu of sitting down for a drink.
    Create some other habits, watering plants, garden, reading, etc…
    If it’s really bad, I pray about it and ask for His help.

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  7. 5pm is my usual trigger time, the kids are home and asking me a million and one questions at a time and I go into sensory overload…… And breathe! Now I know this, I make sure I have dinner prepared so I can listen to them individually, have a couple of mints on stand by so I don’t feel agitated, thenlet the moment pass. I plan a family activity and routine that keeps my mind busy so less time for triggers to intervene!! Before u know it’s bed time but now what?? Set myself a bedtime routine, bath, turn off tv/phone, read and then a guided sleep meditation which then helps me wake up feeling positive which in turn has a ripple effect ☺️

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  8. I go for a walk in the park in the late afternoon. When the weather is not favorable, I nap, from 15h30 – 16h30. When I wake up I do not feel like alcohol, so I drink tea. At dinner, however, I have to be conscious of the choices I make. I drink water and lemon, or just plain water. It is a challenge; my partner drinks wine from happy hour until late in the evening, making it difficult for me to stay focused.

    I am semi-retired, but when I’m travelling on assignment and staying at hotels, especially in tropical places, it’s bloody difficult not to sit around after work and drink beer by the pool. I have to keep focused on my goals: health, performance, well-being. So far, so good.

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  9. Sailed through to Wednesday this the first week (this is sooo easy) as I was driving I thought about how great it felt – got close to where partner and I met for a Friday drink (our treat) and all I could think about was how good that glass of wine tasted! Oh dear.. got home..partner not home ..hurrah there was a 1/2 bottle of Rose in fridge.. Oh no…don’t do it.. it would have been easy but rang partner and got busy..hard night though. Realized not to think about the “feeling of relaxation” I felt when drinking alcohol. I’m going to replace that thought with “Oh how my head hurts in the morning drinking too much”.

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  10. Mixed berries with either a fancy natural yoghurt (mixed with fruit/nuts) or a very fancy dairy free sugar free ice cream. Feels far more healthy, luxurious and glorious than a lump of chocolate for me anyway.

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  11. IHi I’m new to this site after reading Mra D is going without, having been a heavy wine drinker for years I think I have come to a turning point! Have been sober for 4 days now but seem to be struggling with myself just now (wine o’clock) any suggestions out there, thanks

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  12. Yes definitely the witching hours – sometimes I have a couple of cigarettes- or have a nap – walk the dog – or a good tip is prepare dinner before mid afternoon so the cooking drinking association isn’t there – I used to love cook cooking so I could drink lots whilst doing it – and call people, play music, and string the whole thing out for up to 2 hours…

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    1. I think ChooseWisely has given such good advice… My first 2 weeks or so if not drinking, I asked my husband for help. I told him I didn’t care if he took the kids to McDonalds or pizza or what…just please take over dinner for 10 days or so. Then, I took myself off to a fancy grocery store with a salad bar and ate dinner there. After, I wandered around looking at all the fancy non-alcoholic drinks. I’d buy one and experiment with it. I also allowed myself chocolate, something I would never before “spend” calories on. The chocolate, and the strange new healthy drinks with all kinds of weird, interesting ingredients (pro-biotic stuff, ginseng, etc – all these came into popularity while I was drinking, and I never knew) were fantastic. I started buying them and drinking them at home. When 10 days or so had passed (maybe it was only 5), I had a new habit. I made a ritual of drinking these drinks instead.

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  13. I used to drink wine when I got in from work…just used to “neck it” down. Probably thirsty more than anything. So now, on the drive home I always have lots of nice fizzy water so as not to be thirsty when I arrive home. Seems to help. x

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  14. I am 8 days sober. On day 4 I told my family of my decision never to drink again. My son sent me this in an email, “You will always have our love and support. Love grants that. Your situation is well known to us all. During an alcohol possession, we have watched you collapse from the strong, proud, intelligent woman that you are to become something much less.” Needless to say, it hit me hard. I printed the email and keep it with me. Hopefully it will sustain me in my journey and keep me safe and sober.

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  15. If I can just remember how deathly ill I still am after my last drunk 3 days ago. I’ll never ever drink again. First 2 days I vomited pretty much non stop… for 2 days! I’ve never had that happen. I’m still very sick… day 3. I’m too sick to wash my hair or shower and I need it. I found this site yesterday. I very much appreciate this site. I know I will get a lot of help from you all. Thankyou for being here.

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  16. I was sober 11 days…and I failed…I felt great and lost at the same time…and here I am…I want to be free of this poison…how do I let go?…I am scared…really really scared

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    1. It really is poison. And it will kill us! It’s not fun and games anymore. Our livers and kidneys and heart and lungs are all dying and we will die. We’ve got to stop poisoning ourselves. It’s literally life and death now.

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  17. Sooo….what do you guys do to distract yourself? I was thinking maybe of buying a flat of marigolds and some big tomato and dill plants at the farmers’ market today and look forward to working in the garden instead of drinking tonight. I also love the smell of my hands after I’ve been weeding in tomatoes and dill plants, so that’s an added sensory bonus.

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  18. Hi just read some of your ideas, yeah im in that nasty dangerous cycle too!!
    however there is only so much I can drink anyhow!!
    It has given me inspiration to do better!! Cut out the Wine o Clock naughtiness good job I do take days off & never drink the heavy stuff..

    Thanks

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