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How to say no to a drink

Any tips or advice to prevent a relapse, alternatively any of your stories about your own relapses.
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Re: How to say no to a drink

Post by little acorn » 13 Apr 2012 19:30

Mr Mouse - I'm so glad you re-posted the little ditty about the guy who was offered a drink! Absolutely love it! Coke it is then!!

When I'm out and not wanting to drink, the first thing I do is think about what it is I do want to drink so that I've got it all planned in my head first. So, can I get you a drink? becomes yes, please could I have a lime and soda. oh, aren't you going to have a wine or something? No, thank you, I'm trying to cut down, is my line and people are usually good about.

Someone at a house party said to me, you're not having any drink then? I said I thought I drank too much in the week and was trying to cut it down. A big discussion on drinking was had and it's amazing by just offering a little something up, the information or advice you get back. That's if you're up for talking about it of course.

Someone on BE said, I just say I'm giving it up and then she said it's amazing how many people think out loud and say things like, oh yes, you know that's something I should really be doing too - and then what you get is looks of admiration for ACTUALLY being the one that is doing it.
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Re: How to say no to a drink

Post by perky » 16 Apr 2012 13:18

HI,
My response is "no thanks, I'm cleaning up my act"
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Re: How to say no to a drink

Post by SunriseTime » 13 Oct 2012 14:12

Interesting thread, worth bumping up.

I have used one off's
- I am on antibiotics for ear infection.
- My car is at the station car park and the police have been spot checking

Week 2 day 2 :)

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Re: How to say no to a drink

Post by koalaBear » 13 Oct 2012 14:30

I've simply be saying no thank you to alcohol and leaving it there. Apart from my parents, nobody has actually asked why i'm not drinking which has really surprised me.

I guess an explanation isn't always necessary, just saying no can be enough :D
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Re: How to say no to a drink

Post by Topcat » 13 Oct 2012 16:24

I found the only ones who noticed me not drinking (and tried to force feed me alcohol) were the heavy drinkers with a problem themselves. Others really do not notice or care what you are drinking. It's suprising when you look round how many others are on soft drinks for various reasons. It really is no big deal.
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Re: How to say no to a drink

Post by koalaBear » 13 Oct 2012 16:51

Topcat wrote:I found the only ones who noticed me not drinking (and tried to force feed me alcohol) were the heavy drinkers with a problem themselves.
That's so true TC. I know when i was drinking I felt incredibly uncomfortable around teetotalers, resentful even. I would look at them as a fly in the ointment of a good nigh out, awful attitude to have.
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Re: How to say no to a drink

Post by vladimirvp87 » 14 Oct 2012 19:47

It's not what goes into the mouth of a man that destroys him, it is what comes out of the mouth. When your heart becomes pure, it will cleanse everything else. Anger, Frustration, Fighting, Depression, Anxiety and etc is all just a heart issue. Your drinking problem is just a way for you to cope with all of the things I just mentioned. People are destroyed because of lack of knowledge. You are a free man, you just don't know it yet. When you realize this truth, it will set you free once and for all. You have to put away this old alcoholic identity that you once had and stop waking up in the morning trying not to drink. You will never be free if you live like that. Put on the new identity of a free man and shift your emotions on seeking God. First seek the kingdom of God and everything else will be added to you. What do you have to lose? In bible it says, if you seek Me in private, I will reward you in public. Bring this issue to God in private. Talk to Him. Be real. Open your heart and cry out to him. Pray and watch! Your life will be so different. Man He is soooooo freaking real! I've seen people get delivered from alcoholism. I come from Ukraine. My father was an alcoholic for 20 some years in USSR. He got to know God and was delivered instantly!

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Re: How to say no to a drink

Post by slingy2 » 15 Oct 2012 06:31

moderator can you get rid of that last message wher i slagged off the obvious advertising post please

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Re: How to say no to a drink

Post by slingy2 » 15 Oct 2012 06:46

i want to be delivered instantly to a chinese as i am starving

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Re: How to say no to a drink

Post by Grendelslip » 15 Oct 2012 08:26

Yes, well the God thing. People develop alcohol problems regardless of their religious beliefs or lack of them. People recover from alcohol problems regardless of their religious beliefs or lack of them. If you have a belief it may well be involved in your recovery because it is part of the way you live your life. I can't see that the coincidental conversion to a faith with recovery is anything more than the massive change in the way one decides how to live one's life from here on in when a momentous decision is made. "I believe in God." "I accept that I have an alcohol problem." Both of these are massive decisions. Take either one on it's own and it will affect the way you live your life in all sorts of ways.

If I'm hungry and I want a drink I can pray to my God for guidance. The answer will probably be "Go buy a chinese takeaway or a drink. The choice is yours."

I hope nobody minds me talking spiritual things here. I'm not preaching, more like non-preaching.

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Re: How to say no to a drink

Post by MsTique » 15 Oct 2012 09:34

Grendelslip wrote:I hope nobody minds me talking spiritual things here. I'm not preaching, more like non-preaching.
Not at all, Dave. Being able to discuss these things is what makes life so interesting and eventful. :lol: Vladimir, in his passion and enthusiasm, puts forward how he sees things..... but it's not the only way for everyone.

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Re: How to say no to a drink

Post by gah » 16 Oct 2012 15:03

vladimirvp87 wrote:IYou are a free man, you just don't know it yet. When you realize this truth, it will set you free once and for all. You have to put away this old alcoholic identity that you once had and stop waking up in the morning trying not to drink. Y
Probably diving in too much for my first post - but... I agree with this and think Jack Trimpey or Allen Carr could have said it themselves. However NO need for religion. I do believe there is no try though, you either quit or you don't... try is where I failed.

I have been a long time lurker and was sober for 8 months with the help of the aforementioned. I've slowly slipped back into the old ways, drinking 3 times a week seems to have become routine. It's getting a little monotonous now and has become habit, but I can see myself easily slipping back to 4 times a week, 5 if I don't acknowledge it again.

Apologies! Too much for a first post without a welcome, I shall head over to the newcomers thread and take it from there.

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Re: How to say no to a drink

Post by MsTique » 16 Oct 2012 15:18

Hello gah and welcome to the forum. :)
Congrats on doing 8 months AF! I'm sorry to hear that you feel as if you're slipping back into old habits... it's so easily done and we need to remain vigilant. I have a drink a few times a week too and, like you, it's becoming boring and monotonous. I hope you find the support here that you need to get back on track. ;)?

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Re: How to say no to a drink

Post by Boris Bike » 16 Oct 2012 15:55

Hi Gah,

Welcome to Bright Eye.

Glad to hear you're going to the newcomers thread, you should get a nice welcome and some tips there.

I disagree with this:
gah wrote:I do believe there is no try though, you either quit or you don't... try is where I failed.
There's lots of members on the forum who tried and failed before successfully giving up drinking for a number of months or years.

So I would say that trying and failing is valid.

I think that some folk have really struggled when they have approached sobriety with a "failure is not an option!" mindset. Because some people, when they fail, throw in the towel.

I would say that it's when you stop trying that you've truly failed. As long as you keep trying there is a chance of success.

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Re: How to say no to a drink

Post by Grendelslip » 16 Oct 2012 17:26

Ooh. New ground for me but Boris, I disagree!! :o I firmly believe that in order to beat this thing we have to believe we can do it. We can, every single one of us. But we have to believe it and that is the problem. Gah is right. There is no try. You do or do not. There is no 'hopefully I can'. Well, there is but it's like hoping to make your fortune by playing the National Lottery. It could be you but the chances are that it won't be.

You have to be 100% committed and believe you are going to do it. The difficult thing is that you might slip up. The reality is that you might slip up. That doesn't mean you have failed, just that you haven't found the exact, right approach. Or maybe you were just plain unlucky. Imagine that you are having a hard time of it. You are dying for a drink. You are OK though. Early night planned, no drink in the house, ready for bed. All is safe and today is a no-drinking day. Then the doorbell rings and your best friend is there with a bottle of wine. ??? Bad luck can change everything.

So yes, I absolutely agree that there is no failure in slipping up. The only failure is in giving up on giving up. Where I disagree us that we don't need to keep on trying, we have to keep on doing.

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Re: How to say no to a drink

Post by Grendelslip » 16 Oct 2012 17:55

Er... or is Gah saying cutting down doesn't work? Well, it didn't work for me. The way forward then was to accept that and stop fighting it. Could I start drinking again? Not interested, boring, yawn, can't be bothered to argue it. That works for me.

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Re: How to say no to a drink

Post by behindblueeyes » 16 Oct 2012 18:10

Something that helped me with this was deciding on one really good reason why for me it was a good idea to stop. I had to make it a really BIG good reason....one I couldn't argue with myself about...one there was no wriggling out of....and one that was for me - not my kids or friends or anything or anyone else...

Mine was personal and sounds silly now I guess but it's worked for me....I wanted to be able to face myself in the mirror in the morning and be happy with what I saw. At the time I stopped I couldn't meet my own eyes.....bloodshot...watery....and knackered they were. Obvious evidence of what was going on with me...

But I knew I could change that - I just had to want to enough. Finding the thing that makes you 'want to' might help Gah....

And I think you're right....the story you tell yourself can have a real impact on how well you do....'trying' to do something gives you mileage not to do it. 'I am quitting' or even 'I have quit' gives you much more of a boost to succeeding....

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Re: How to say no to a drink

Post by Boris Bike » 16 Oct 2012 19:03

Grendelslip wrote:Ooh. New ground for me but Boris, I disagree!! :o
:shock: :lol: That's OK. It's allowed. :D
Grendelslip wrote:So yes, I absolutely agree that there is no failure in slipping up. The only failure is in giving up on giving up. Where I disagree us that we don't need to keep on trying, we have to keep on doing.
That's the thing, though, I would say "trying" IS "doing".

Now, there could be someone who says "I'm trying to give up drinking" and they're saying that with a pint in one hand and a clanking plastic bag of bottles in the other. However, we can't be too judgemental because for all we know he is tapering off and yesterday he would have been carrying TWO bags. Nevertheless, we may think "I'm not sure you're really trying".

If someone says they're trying but they're not doing anything then I think they either need guidance about how to progress. They're stuck.

I think pretty much everyone on BE really is trying to achieve a goal as regards drinking. Even if all they changed from the day before was reading one of our threads, I'd still say they have likely moved a baby step forwards.

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Re: How to say no to a drink

Post by Grendelslip » 16 Oct 2012 19:21

Point taken Boris ;)? :)

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Re: How to say no to a drink

Post by Chicken » 03 Mar 2014 00:01

The answer an acquaintance always gave was "I can't, I'm allergic to alcohol." If pressed she said that she'd tried it but had a very bad reaction.

I think I'm going to go with "I''m alcohol intolerant", which would be the honest truth after all !
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