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Sebastian Cobb

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Re: Jan so dry
« Reply #60 on: January 08, 2021, 03:46:14 PM »
Bought some wine for cooking pasta and a mushroom bourgignion so probably will drink the leftovers tbh. I hate waste.

Re: Jan so dry
« Reply #61 on: January 08, 2021, 04:44:56 PM »
Bought some wine for cooking pasta and a mushroom bourgignion so probably will drink the leftovers tbh. I hate waste.

That's something I need to get past as a fat alcoholic druggie. Finishing that beer or spliff or meal when I don't need any more because waste is bad isn't a good idea. I'm already too fat. It's already bedtime. But I use avoiding waste to justify pouring more calories into my bloated frame.

Not to say you should pour the leftover wine down the drain. But maybe put it out of sight until you want to drink.

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The more I look into it, the more it seems like I need a solid 14 days off it at minimum. The GP wants to test my liver and I really don't want them to find out I am a problem drinker. They'd send social services round. Also my dad had hypertension on his medical records when he was my age and he died at 64. Not making 70 would be shit and I'm worried I have exactly the same health problems as him (and pretty much every male on his side of the family)

Sebastian Cobb

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Re: Jan so dry
« Reply #62 on: January 08, 2021, 04:47:42 PM »
I'm thinking a glass with the dinner will complement it.

I'm quite happy to leave a half-smoked spliff or (unopened) beers as the former will get smoked the next day and the latter will keep indefinitely.


The more I look into it, the more it seems like I need a solid 14 days off it at minimum. The GP wants to test my liver and I really don't want them to find out I am a problem drinker. They'd send social services round. Also my dad had hypertension on his medical records when he was my age and he died at 64. Not making 70 would be shit and I'm worried I have exactly the same health problems as him (and pretty much every male on his side of the family)

Have you considered milk thistle? It's cheap enough on ebay. https://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/milk-thistle-benefits-and-side-effects

Re: Jan so dry
« Reply #63 on: January 08, 2021, 04:54:17 PM »
Thanks Sebastian! I got black eye peas too because Google said it's good for this liver marker.

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Re: Jan so dry
« Reply #64 on: January 08, 2021, 05:53:31 PM »
I bought twelve Kellerbier which will presumably all go off pronto now they left the premises. Best hammer the cunt out of them.

Re: Jan so dry
« Reply #65 on: January 13, 2021, 11:54:51 AM »
How's everyone doing? This is easier than I thought it would be, but I have been smoking weed. It's made me realise, just like I did when I was younger, how much better-suited than alcohol weed is for regular use. My gf hates the stuff and doesn't like me smoking it, so I can blame my alcohol abuse on her.

I actually have a self-improvement plan I made myself that says I can only have two solo smoking days a week in February and I'm not looking forward to that. Thing is, vaping weed doesn't even seem to negatively affect my health or wellbeing in any discernible way so it's hard to be motivated. My motivation will have to be ensuring that my son doesn't grow up to think it's normal and acceptable to get high by yourself.

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Re: Jan so dry
« Reply #66 on: January 13, 2021, 12:05:12 PM »
Still not touched a drop. As last year, after about 4 or 5 days I’m not arsed but this year I wasn’t bothered days 1-4 either which was nice. I think not seeing people means there’s no chekky laqer around the house and I’m sleeping much better - if you only get 6hrs a night you notice that type of thing.

Will probably keep going after jan just to see how long this goes. With rolling lockdowns and all that, I might be off the stuff for a month or two longer. Might not, who knows.

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Re: Jan so dry
« Reply #67 on: January 13, 2021, 12:43:52 PM »
Had a Alkoholfrei Erdinger the other night while (ironically) Top Of The Pops was on. Apart from that just been having lots of Diet Coke and herbal teas. I think drinking, at least at home, is like smoking in that sometimes it's just a mechanical action. Like how people trying to quit smoking have a pen or something to hold instead of a ciggie, sometimes I feel like a beer and I'll have a glass of water instead and just the action of drinking from a pint glass lessens the urge.

Meant to say (though I think I've mentioned it on here before), the other reason I'd recommend every beer aficionado has a dry month or so is that the first beer afterwards is just... I mean it tastes brilliant obviously and it's great to feel the alcohol rush, but you actually forget what beer even feels like (we're talking 'mouthfeel' here) and getting back to it is the most extraordinary sensation, like your senses have become super elevated.

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Re: Jan so dry
« Reply #68 on: January 13, 2021, 01:32:00 PM »
Like how people trying to quit smoking have a pen or something to hold instead of a ciggie, sometimes I feel like a beer and I'll have a glass of water instead and just the action of drinking from a pint glass lessens the urge.

I definitely had this in previous years (thanks, fizzy water and squash) but not at all this year. Genuinely think lockdown has broken my brain.

Edit: I quit my piece of shit stressbucket of a job so maybe that is helping also

Re: Jan so dry
« Reply #69 on: January 13, 2021, 01:42:11 PM »
Yeah I definitely agree that having a nice drink that takes a moment to prepare is helpful. I'm drinking a lot of tea, and I keep expecting my tea to give me that same sense of satisfaction as having a beer or a glass of whiskey did.

I'm hoping that I can continue after January too. Definitely I hope this prompts the end of my desire for regular at-home drinking.

Sebastian Cobb

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Re: Jan so dry
« Reply #70 on: January 13, 2021, 01:47:14 PM »
I think that's my problem as well. I'll happily drink water at work if I don't want more caffeine from tea/coffee but it gets a little monotonous when unwinding in the evenings too. I'm not too keen on squash as I find the sweeteners most of them use to be a bit sickly. I quite like cranberry juice but I can demolish a carton quicker than I typically get it in. The only squash they make of that is by Ocean Spray and it's a bit sickly, I tried a pure concentrate and that didn't hit the spot either. I think pubs use a concentrate but I don't know what one.

Last time I bought this up I was accused of having a UTI.

Fizzy drinks would be unhealthy and a bit much all the time. Apart from a decent ginger beer.

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Re: Jan so dry
« Reply #71 on: January 13, 2021, 01:48:21 PM »
Just get some fruit and let it go off for a few weeks, then blend it all into a juice.

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Re: Jan so dry
« Reply #72 on: January 13, 2021, 02:24:27 PM »
Last time I bought this up I was accused of having a UTI.

and there's nothing wrong with that Seb, it happens to a lot of people.

Sebastian Cobb

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Re: Jan so dry
« Reply #73 on: January 13, 2021, 02:26:07 PM »
Just get some fruit and let it go off for a few weeks, then blend it all into a juice.

Wouldn't that make booze?

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Re: Jan so dry
« Reply #74 on: January 13, 2021, 04:12:42 PM »
stuck with it so far, so a little over 2 weeks[1], but bored of it now. want a drink
 1. i.e., my liver is sorted and i can get back to caning it

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« Reply #75 on: January 13, 2021, 04:18:57 PM »
I think that's my problem as well. I'll happily drink water at work if I don't want more caffeine from tea/coffee but it gets a little monotonous when unwinding in the evenings too. I'm not too keen on squash as I find the sweeteners most of them use to be a bit sickly. I quite like cranberry juice but I can demolish a carton quicker than I typically get it in. The only squash they make of that is by Ocean Spray and it's a bit sickly, I tried a pure concentrate and that didn't hit the spot either. I think pubs use a concentrate but I don't know what one.

Last time I bought this up I was accused of having a UTI.

Fizzy drinks would be unhealthy and a bit much all the time. Apart from a decent ginger beer.

I was boshing the coke zero last week, got through one of those 12 can boxes in 4 days and thought “ooh that’s probably a bit much”.

I’m onto the robinsons squash (red flavour) bought from an import store for some extortionate amount, plus fizzy water which you can in vast quantities for fuck all. It’s nice and feels like a “thing” more so than just endlessly drinking water.

Not bothered with that for the last few days though so I think I’m officially a teetotal square for the next 18+ days, happily chugging tap water without any negative emotions like an idiot.

Re: Jan so dry
« Reply #76 on: January 13, 2021, 04:30:42 PM »
just drinking fri, sat, and sun

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Re: Jan so dry
« Reply #77 on: January 13, 2021, 04:37:27 PM »
If you're not aware, there's a brand of cola called Green Cola with sweetener made from the stevia plant, so in theory healthier than 'normal' diet cola. 

Re: Jan so dry
« Reply #78 on: January 21, 2021, 05:51:23 PM »
So today I had a repeat blood test;  I get the results in seven days. I'll put the results here so we can see how not drinking for 17 days affects your cholesterol and your ALT levels.

and exercising regularly and eating much less and being really mindful of what you eat and drink and taking milk thistle

My blood pressure is still a load of bollocks. I'm hoping that it'll look better when I get to a normal BMI.

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Re: Jan so dry
« Reply #79 on: January 21, 2021, 06:10:24 PM »
just drinking fri, sat, and sun

Going to switch to this model after I crumble in February - just booze on the weekend I reckon.

Not touched a drop through Jan which feels good and (I’ve mentioned it already) I’m sleeping so much better it’s mad.

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Re: Jan so dry
« Reply #80 on: January 21, 2021, 07:42:40 PM »
These perennial threads always end up about moderation.

Anyone know how to do moderation?  Lifelong preferably cheers

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« Reply #81 on: January 21, 2021, 07:56:40 PM »
These perennial threads always end up about moderation.

Anyone know how to do moderation?  Lifelong preferably cheers

“Moderation” is the sort of shit you spout when you’re teetotal. I’ll be back to Wasteman-tier by April.

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Re: Jan so dry
« Reply #82 on: January 24, 2021, 12:11:17 AM »
That’s my streak gone, mother in law’s retirement do. After an hour of people offering me drinks I caved and ended up having 4 beers over the evening. No regrets, will see out the rest of the month on zero booze I suppose.

Not particularly interesting but relevant to the thread. Ok cheers.

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Re: Jan so dry
« Reply #83 on: January 24, 2021, 01:47:00 AM »
My motivation will have to be ensuring that my son doesn't grow up to think it's normal and acceptable to get high by yourself.

Nothing unacceptable about getting high on your own.
I don't like being high around anyone that isn't a dog, so I suppose I'm technically not alone.

Re: Jan so dry
« Reply #84 on: January 24, 2021, 09:25:11 AM »
That’s my streak gone, mother in law’s retirement do. After an hour of people offering me drinks I caved and ended up having 4 beers over the evening. No regrets, will see out the rest of the month on zero booze I suppose.

Sounds like moderation!

Nothing unacceptable about getting high on your own.

Yeah but I don't want my son to find that out.

Re: Jan so dry
« Reply #85 on: January 24, 2021, 10:07:01 AM »
24 days in now and doing well and have had no intoxicants. I'm cynical about fads and labels like dry January so my abstinence is nothing to do with that. It's more of a necessity. About 6 weeks ago I had 11 cans and went to bed. I woke up with the nastiest cough in years that wouldn't go away for hours. I was 99% convinced I had coronavirus and was terrified. I couldn't clear my throat properly for a week.

A week later I drank a bottle and a half of wine and got a bit of a cough again at night. On Christmas eve I had nineteen 330ml bottles of the same type of beer (Rockshore) that gave me the first cough and the cough returned. Sensing a pattern I said I'll have a few on new year's eve then knock it on the head for January to see if the cough comes back and so far nothing.

During the coughing sessions I'd been checking t'internet for stuff linking coughing and getting drunk and pissed up on booze and there definitely is a connection so this is almost a medical necessity for me. I'm a bit worried about how looking forward I am to drinking again. Really looking forward to it and literally counting the days.

Almost as if I'm somehow missing the point of this.

Re: Jan so dry
« Reply #86 on: January 24, 2021, 10:27:01 AM »
I'm nervous about drinking again.

Re: Jan so dry
« Reply #87 on: January 24, 2021, 10:34:47 AM »
24 days dry here, and it feels great to be over the three week mark.

Week 1 went by well enough on novelty value - but there was some anxiety and white-knuckling in weeks 2-3, I guess as my body realised I was serious about this. Happily that seems to have fully passed now and I feel great - it sounds like bullshit but my face changes so much after a few weeks off booze. My jawline seems to come back with a vengeance, skin clears up, etc and I find myself looking 2-3 years younger. I exercise a lot so that certainly helps but it's, a-ha, sobering to see what an external difference it can have - and that makes you contemplate what a difference it must make internally as well - I also cling to the '2 weeks to heal fatty liver' rule, whether it's true or not.

I'm also cheating by getting high, though. I smoke one joint a week (half on Wednesday, half on Saturday). Agree with the sentiments upthread - I'm comparatively new to weed (smoking it for less than a year at 34) - and am just amazed by how much nicer it is, both day to day and longterm, than booze. When I smoke, I seem to become super focussed - making notes, playlists, writing or especially enjoying films/music - then I sleep a flawless 8 hours and wake up feeling great.

Don't get me wrong, I love booze. It's been there for me through some horrors, and aside from the toll it's taken physically, I've not really had anything more than mildly bad experiences on it. With that said, it's very social for me, and so I think I might take lockdown as a chance to stay dry for longer. This level of isolation might not come again (he says hopefully) so it would be lovely to emerge with 2-3 months sobriety and a kind of body-mind reset before the inevitable 'The World's Back Open' drinks. 

Re: Jan so dry
« Reply #88 on: January 24, 2021, 10:37:13 AM »
I have about £80 worth of booze downstairs now.

That's an unexpected side effect. The same full wine bottles just sitting there staring back at me every time I open the fridge. In my worst binges I'd be rifling through the cupboard at 8.00am looking for a drop of anything to make a Frankenstein cocktail of brandy, orange cordial, gin and water to knock back wincingly to keep the buzz going.

Weird to see a 3/4 full bottle of gin and full bottle of vodka just sit there defiant, almost confidently now. "You're not going to drink me".

More energy. More money. No hangovers. Internal organs working nearer full capacity. Yeah, I could imagine populating the old calendar with more abstinence months as needed. I've been bored at times but despite lockdown never miserable. A positive experience.

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Re: Jan so dry
« Reply #89 on: January 24, 2021, 10:41:51 AM »
Why can't you use the wine in cooking?

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