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Old 08-10-06, 08:08 PM   #1
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I am an alcholic!

Hey folks,

I'm coming off a 15 year marriage, and am drinink about every day. Bicycling has become a back seat to other things in life. So now I cannot keep up with the fast group. I'm wondering if it will every get better.

Thanks for your positive support as I sip on the second bottle of wine.
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Hey folks,

I'm coming off a 15 year marriage, and am drinink about every day. Bicycling has become a back seat to other things in life. So now I cannot keep up with the fast group. I'm wondering if it will every get better.

Thanks for your positive support as I sip on the second bottle of wine.
Things will get better if you stop drinking. But you have to want to. If you're not ready to stop, at least mitigate the damage you may cause to your life by refraining from driving, going to work, or getting involved in potentially volatile situations while you're under the influence.

I hope that you find some happiness that doesn't involve alcohol. Like cycling, for instance!
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For me it's other way around. If it wasn't for cycling I probably would be wasted most of the time, and drinking tons of soda. Since I want to keep up with fast groups, I don't drink, and quit drinking soda.
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You are drinking to mask yourself from the pain of being lonely. Why not meet a new group of riders and maybe there will be a female rider in there to take your mind off your ex.
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Ms Parks. I've been in your shoes. THe first month, I was on the verge of being self destructive. God, how did people stand me? My solution. Do a months drinking. Exercise and activity with others is the best cure.
Wern't for running and scuba, I wonder how low I would have sunk. ?
Finally, booze is a lonely trip. It only makes you more depressed. Maybe AA will help, but with a little determination, I think it unnecessary. Just a matter of waking up on the right side of the bed for a change, conecting with the right people, and getting a grip.

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Hey folks,

I'm coming off a 15 year marriage, and am drinink about every day. Bicycling has become a back seat to other things in life. So now I cannot keep up with the fast group. I'm wondering if it will every get better.

Thanks for your positive support as I sip on the second bottle of wine.

take charge of your life instead letting the alcohol take charge and ruin your life. it never solves anything and does more harm than you could imagine.

Find a AA chapter, get a sponser go to meetings follow the 12 step program, attend a meeting everyday with your sponser to walk you through and help with your soberity.
Ride, Ride, Ride, your bike. Turn towards a healthy out-let instead of something destructive that will cause you more pain.
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I am also an alcoholic. I always drank too much, but when I came home from Iraq, I lost control. It took something bad happening to me to open my eyes to what I was doing to myself, my friends, and my family. I haven't had a drink since July 1. For me, I just found something positive that I found interest in, and started obsessing on it. I know that can be a problem in itself...but when you are changing your entire lifestyle, and how you define yourself, you have to keep your mind occupied. Grandma was right when she said idle hands are the devil's plaything. Good Luck.
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Hmmm...we don't see a lot of posts around here from folks announcing that they are alcoholic. The fact that you find yourself making such a post tells you a lot. The part that sucks is that if you really are an alcoholic then the honeymoon between you and booze is clearly over. If you continue to drink, your life, like your riding, will go downhill from here really fast, a lot faster than you probably think. Cycling folks aren't necessarily your best bet for help with alcoholism. But there are folks who know exactly what you are facing. They are the best ones to help you. There are some folks here who can speak from personal experience though.

Good luck with it whatever you decide. It's not the end of the world if you make the right choices. There is absolutely no upside of any kind if you don't. An alcoholic who continues to drink has about the worst prospects as any you could imagine. Choose wisely big guy.

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Hey thanks for the support. To "thelazywon" Your an inspiration and I promise I will do better.

I don't want to give up drinking all together but maybe only do it with friends on special occasions. Anyhow, I do not usually drink on bicycling days. So maybe there is a way--just ride everyday.

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Old 08-11-06, 09:49 AM   #12
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AA is an excellent program. Also, addictions are best treated with a replacement "addiction." A healthly one that is. Cycling or other forms of exercise that cause a release of endorphins can be quite addicting and healthy. They also occupy time.

At AA meetings you will find many chain smokers and tons of coffee. They have replaced the addiction with another one. Coffee isn't too bad. Smoking is lousy, but better than alcohol at least for a short period. It helps to have a replacement addiction to get you over the hump. This is not to say you don't have to deal with the real issues that prompted the self medicating, but that will come with time.

Cycling helps me get over a bad day or is even meditative. I get so engrossed that I forget about stressors.

If you alread cycle, try to train for a race or a century or even a triathalon. Get a new focus occupy your time with activities where it is nearly impossible to drink.
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Hey thanks for the support. To "thelazywon" Your an inspiration and I promise I will do better.

I don't want to give up drinking all together but maybe only do it with friends on special occasions. Anyhow, I do not usually drink on bicycling days. So maybe there is a way--just ride everyday.

Thanks again

If you are an alcoholic,drinking with just friends is not an answer nor does it absolve you and the problem or solve your drinking problem.
You have to make a choice clean and sober or stay an alcoholic, you are the only one that can change that.
It is a choice
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I am also an alcoholic. I always drank too much, but when I came home from Iraq, I lost control. It took something bad happening to me to open my eyes to what I was doing to myself, my friends, and my family. I haven't had a drink since July 1. For me, I just found something positive that I found interest in, and started obsessing on it. I know that can be a problem in itself...but when you are changing your entire lifestyle, and how you define yourself, you have to keep your mind occupied. Grandma was right when she said idle hands are the devil's plaything. Good Luck.

best of luck and stay the course

Thank you for your Service in our Armed Forces
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Call AA. They're in the book.
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I dont drink at all and I STILL cannot keep up with the fast group!!!!!!!! LOL.

Drink to reward yourself after a 50 miler! Put the bottle down bro! Its all good. You left a post about so that says something! It sucks, go ride. Celebrate life!
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Im a monsterholic of monster energy that is. But I cant have much anymore

C health I recommend you try a Monster XXL billabong before you ride with the fast group!
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I "was" an alcoholic. At 24 years old I finally lost the urge for a drink and I thank cycling and exercise for that. For the past three years I was at the point where I was drinking a liter of vodka, whiskey, or rum every day and I found it very hard to put the bottle down. I was like in a depressed trance and I couldn't go a day without a buzz. I was leading a destructive lifestyle of excessive drinking (alone), drunk driving, and hiding booze. What scared me most was thinking of myself becoming a bum with no family or friends... I never sought help and knew that I would have to help myself soley and not be forced by anyone to change.

When I realized it was time to change I took up cycling. The euphoric feeling I get after a good ride put my alcoholic urges behind me. No I'm leading a very healthy, vegetarian lifestyle and have a brighter outlook on life. Now I only on occasion and only wine.

BTW... My friends and Family didn't know I had a problem and would probably be shocked if I mentioned any of this to them. I just congratulated myself and bought a new bike when i was officially clean. I just went through my own personal-detox.
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Cycling has also helped me to beat drinking. I'm not an alcoholic (they go to meetings! ) - but I do have a drinking problem in that once I start drinking I don't stop.

By riding every day and utilizing a structured training program (Joe Friel), I've got the structure I need to maintain my self discipline and not drink.

Ms. Parks, you'll have to find what works for you but if you truly feel like you have a drinking problem you'll probably have to give it up completely to find your way out of the bottom of a bottle.

Good luck, 'cause it's tough - you can do it!
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This thread has got me thinking that maybe I drink way too much. I bought a handle of Bacardi on Friday... or was it Saturday... ****. It's already mostly gone and I've been wasted pretty much every night. Like right now, for example. And this seems to be a pattern since I became of legal age. Oh well, the best cure for a hangover is a 30 mile ride on the hills here. One of these days all this drinking is going to catch up to me.

For now, my only excuse is that I'm 21, and that's only true for a few more weeks...

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Once again, for emphasis:

If you think you are an alcoholic, stop posting on Bike Forums and call AA.
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Once again, for emphasis:

If you think you are an alcoholic, stop posting on Bike Forums and call AA.
I don't know that I'd discourage posting here -- in fact, the stories of how cycling has helped pple with this problem has been interesting, to me at least.
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FWIW, AA is not for everyone. I'm not interested in a helping of God - I just want to quit drinking.
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I don't know that I'd discourage posting here -- in fact, the stories of how cycling has helped pple with this problem has been interesting, to me at least.
Fair enough.
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FWIW, AA is not for everyone. I'm not interested in a helping of God - I just want to quit drinking.
Amen!

Seriously...alcoholics are often obsessive people. AA gives them God instead of the bottle and sometimes it's ugly. My old man went about 6 years where everyone around him wished he'd start drinking again rather than listening to religious tapes and stuff all the time. He's mellowed out since, and hasn't had a drink in something like 18+ years.

Becoming obsessive about cycling instead of drinking isn't a bad idea.
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