I think I have a handle on this. Enough to take it off the list anyhow.
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That method is going OK for me, except on Friday I took two extra over the course of 6 or 7 hours. BUT, in my defense one of my dearest friends was moving away. Anyway I didn’t even get too hung over the next day, and I stopped drinking even when everyone else was going strong at 2 a.m. with a bottle of wine. I tasted it and then said no thanks the next few times they passed it my way. One difficulty I usually have is stopping once I get started so I must be improving in that regard.
The bad thing is I’ve had 2 or 3 the past 2 nights, been having a lot of trouble sleeping and thought it would help. It hasn’t helped, so no more of that tactic.
I’m not sure when I’ll cross this off as done, I guess once it feels less like effort and more like drinking less is just my lifestyle.
I’m losing most of any desire to drink, at least in excess. Partly I’m afraid I’ve finally succeeded in killing enough of my brain cells to destroy my mind, just as I was starting to like the darn thing!
I sure hope not, those brain cells don’t grow back…
Last night (Tuesday) at a going away party that my bf and I hosted. Next challenge will be on Friday night with no clocks.
I did it on Friday! I had a good time, drank one per hour and everything went great. If I finished my beer too early I had water until my hour was up and I could drink another. I think this will be my new method. Next time I’ll be drinking is probably while camping though, so I have to get better at estimating time while drinking I guess, or maybe I can tell by the moon??
I had five on Saturday, but over the course of a little more than 4 hours. I still think I did pretty good since it was a situation where I’d usually drink in excess.
It also made me realize that instead of setting a number limit, I have to set a limit over time. Because the flip side of this coin is if I say to myself I can have four, but I drink those four in one hour, that’s not so good.
So, I will set a goal of one per hour. That’s as fast as your body can process it anyway, isn’t it?
It will keep me looking at the time also so if it’s late and I need to sleep I will be reminded.
Edit: To clarify, I’m drinking US bottles of beer, 12 oz, not British pints at almost 20 oz.
As soon as I start this goal, I messed up worse than I have in (literally) YEARS. I didn’t think I drank that much but I got sooooo soooo soo very very ill. Completely out of control vomiting and my boyfriend had to help me, the next day I was still sick all day.
But then I started to think maybe I got actually sick because I was sick for 3 days, but I know even if caught a bug that I made it worse by going out and drinking alcohol. So I feel really stupid because I haven’t done that kind of thing in so long I thought I had learned and it was all behind me, so I just feel like I made a huge mistake and can’t stop kicking myself over it.
I think maybe I will set my “limit” even lower, like never more than four. EVER.
If I can stick to that for six months, then I will be happy.
I’ve been averaging 2 drinks a night after work all week even though I said I would wait until Saturday. I’d rather only drink on the weekends. This is proving a harder indulgence to give up than chocolate! Oh, wait, I never did curb the chocolate.
Hmmmm, self discipline is apparently not my greatest strength.
I didn’t drink since Friday night, then last night I had a few glasses of wine, mostly because I was staying up to help my bf with an art project. But I’m not planning to drink again until at least Saturday.
Just started this goal, mostly for my health. I don’t really think I drink “too much”; it really depends. Some weeks I’ll end up drinking about 3 beers or so every night after work, and some weeks I won’t drink at all even on the weekend. What I do find is that when I’m in the habit of drinking, I stay in the habit. Then I put on a bunch of weight, get lazy, feel bad, spend too much money, start to feel dehydrated… blah blah blah.
I know it’s bad for me, and I just need to cut down. I’ve already cut back, I never drink so much that I end up hung over anymore. So I think the binging is getting under control. Now I just need to resist the urge to casually drink so much. I know my body will thank me.
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