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  1. Great post! This lifestyle of drinking and “getting drunk” in some lives is so detrimental in various ways but too many do not see that there is a problem especially with excessive alcohol. Thanks for sharing this!

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  2. Very interesting – the improved sleep and reduced anxiety are things I’d expect (I drink coffee 1/2 decaf), but the gossip part was unexpected although thinking about it shouldn’t have been. I am wondering in the case of people working on sobriety how much reduced social interaction may be related to relapse.

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  3. I found stopping coffee made me end up at emergency room with intense constipation… Was not pretty. My doctor prescribed that I don’t stop but slow down my coffee intake because my body was too used to it and it was acting like a diuretic for me. So I had to reintroduce it and then slow it up. I still have my one cuppa in the morning! It’s cool that you saved so much on getting rid of both of those and yes I know what you mean about coffee/smoking/alcohol can drastically change your social circles when you don’t do these things anymore. Sad but true.

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  4. Interesting post. I’m no drinker anyway but I like the occasional coffee. I hadn’t thought about the sleep, stress, anxiety angle because of it, but then I’m more of a tea drinker. We gave up smoking almost 25 years ago and didn’t really notice extra money in the bank. However, we eventually felt fitter, were ill less often, and food tasted so much better, so would never think about starting again.
    Good for you for kicking the alcohol into touch though.

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  5. I’m a lot like Tobias in that I cut out alcohol & coffee. I just drink tea now, mostly herbal tea without caffeine. It’s funny because in Canada it’s more normal to go out for coffee than drinks. If someone asks me to go out for coffee I’ll say okay & then just order an herbal tea. I too don’t last long in a crowd of drunk people as the token sober person. I’d rather have more meaningful interactions with people than getting drunk.

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  6. Tobias, great post and helpful to many. I commend you for doing this and sharing your story. I have been living sans alcohol for over eight years and it was the best decision I ever made as I was a future train wreck waiting to happen. I wrote this post two years ago and it has been, by far, my most frequented post as many struggle with an addiction to something. I would add if any of your readers struggle with an addiction, it is a day-by-day effort to avoid it. Remember these words of advice that were told to me, “I am not going to drink today.” Best wishes on your journey and you are so right in your comments. Many thanks, Keith

    https://musingsofanoldfart.wordpress.com/2013/08/08/six-years-alcohol-free-but-still-want-to-drink/

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  7. I made the commitment (not resolution) to stop drinking specifically for the year while out drinking last New Year’s Eve. So far so good. All year I’ve stayed out of situations for the most part where there was alcohol too because I know my weakness, except for one time. And when I was offered a beer I said no. This is an accomplishment for a binge drinker. I’m determined to make it to the end of the year.

    I set the time for a year for psychological reasons. I know myself too well if I try to quit something forever I will immediately feel deprived. This way it was not only a challenge I set for myself to accomplish but also psychologically it was temporary and I was still able to look forward to drinking again New Years DAY in 2016.

    However, I’m feeling so good about not waking up with headaches and wondering why my mouth is so dry even though I consumed massive amounts of liquid the night before. Will likely make the same commitment this new year’s eve as well.

    Coffee, that’s a different struggle.

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    1. What you describe about a drinking lifestyle I cannot relate to at all. I made the choice you did before I left college, as it had become crystal clear to me that drunkenness, stupid talk, and gauche behavior (etc) held no attraction whatsoever and was not what I wanted to spend my hard-earned money on. An effect I’m surprised you didn’t mention is the change in your social circle. Birds of a feather…and you flew the coop. Spread your wings and soar! Onward to greater things in life than petty crap.

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