Are you rapidly turning into the last person you thought you’d ever be (i.e. the archetypical pub bore?). Do you always drink to get drunk, rather than being a friendly ‘social drinker’?
If your answer to these questions is Yes, chances are that – because you’re a raging alcoholic (and whether you like it or not; you are) – you almost certainly also do all this:
- Strive to hide your drinking
- Deny and lie (about the amount of alcohol you consume), and are defensive about it
- Frequently justify your drinking to others
- Socialise with other binge drinkers
- Disrespect non-drinkers, and
- Often have problems with family, friends, colleagues, and (yikes!) maybe even the Police (“Naughty boy. You’re coming down the station with me, sunbeam.”)
Are you desperate to change?
Don’t despair – there IS a way to say goodbye (or rather “good riddance” to all that). What’s more, a life of sobriety is actually a much more fun and fuller existence than any drink-fuelled one can ever be:
Miles in Plymouth: “I thought giving up alcohol would kill me, when in fact it has given me back my life. I feel and look much better, have more energy, more genuine friends, and much more disposable income each week.”
Felicity-Rose in Bath: “Since I stopped drinking I’ve lost two stone in weight and feel confident about my appearance for the first time in years. Turning men’s heads every time I go out in a tight-fitting dress is an awesome feeling, to be quite honest!”
Gordon in Fife: “My wife and I have noticed a marked improvement in our sex life since I finally gave drinking the elbow. I should have done it earlier.”
Tamara in London: “Since embracing total abstinence, I’ve felt years younger. My husband is overjoyed to get the old me back – the woman he married. And I’ve got heaps more energy when it comes to playing with the children, enjoying family days out… that sort of thing.”
Alicia in the Lake District: “The absolute best thing about giving up drinking is that, now, people actually respect my opinion on things. I know it sounds mad, but they do.
Before, when I was a binge drinker, I’d pontificate for ages, talking rubbish but genuinely thinking I was a font of all knowledge – a woman in possession of almost oracular wisdom, when really I was spouting total twaddle! Now that I’m teetotal, I look back on those days with mortifying embarrassment, to be quite honest.
Others respecting my opinion is something I’d take over a thousand booze-fuelled nights out with the girls. Definitely. Tea, scones, and stimulating conversation anyone?!”
Come and join them
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