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Great post and very appropriate for me as I’m leaving on May 6 for Italy.
You are right, it’s almost a diversion tactic that you have to master. Thank you! Julie D.
Have a great trip, Julie
kevin, just wanted to say thank you again for your awesome positive attitude. Iam not
quite there yet,the toughest thing for me i think is not only the drinking but also staying
out of the pub around the corner from my house, i am getting better though.
i listen to your videos over and over again an it is helping me. My wife thinks you have been great for me, she says she sees me trying real hard.i have thought about AA but
nervous about going, i mean pouring my heart out to strangers,what do you think Kevin?
First off all, you have stepped across a rather large threshold already – you understand that drinking alcohol is a problem. Staying out of the pub can be dealt with by first changing your mindset about the pub and then finding alternatives that you are happy about. Both of these take time, persistence, and some thought. As to AA, I’ve never been to a meeting, so I don’t really know enough to have an opinion. You don’t have to pour your heart out, though. What you say is up to you.
Hope that helps,
Dear Kevin, I have just stumbled (not literally!) upon your website. It’s difficult to know where to begin. I have a fairly challenging home life being the main carer for a relative.
My pattern of drinking involves going out at about 8.30 after finishing my caring duties and drinking perhaps four pints of ale topped up with a couple of whiskeys at the end of an evening.
It’s become habitual in the sense that I consume alcohol three times a week, mostly at weekends. I don’t think I am an alcoholic having completed some of the on line tests but they all indicate that I have a problem. Either I’m an alcoholic or I’m not, right?
I detest the after effects of alcohol, particularly the anxiety the following day, and as someone who suffers with mild social anxiety I use alcohol to anaesthetise the symptoms.
At this stage of the game I am most concerned about how my social circle will change and whether I could drink soft drinks if I’m in the pub. Perhaps I ought to consider not going to the pub for a few months. What would be your advice? By the way I’ve just read Allen Carr’s excellent book ‘No More Hangovers’ but it hasn’t sunk in yet. Thanks for reading my post. Rgds. Alan.