Posted by Gracie2 on October 17, 2001, at 21:12:00
In reply to The concept of Scaring someone sober..., posted by Krazy Kat on October 17, 2001, at 14:19:30
Sounds like you went to Catholic school! I did not mean to offend anyone and I am not adopting a holier-than-thou attitude. I developed an alcohol problem while I was in the service but did manage to function for years in a professional job, hangovers and all. Though I never went to work drunk, the hangovers were often so debilitating that I had to spend the morning drinking shots of Alka-Seltzer Plus just so I could function. Then one day I was in line at the grocery store behind an old woman (she looked sixty years old but was probably forty) and she had nothing in her cart but a gallon of generic whiskey and a case of no-name beer. I can't tell you how awful she looked -
rode hard and put away wet, as we say around here-she had some severe mileage on her.
THAT scared me, because I felt like I was looking at myself just a few miles down the road.
My point is, anything that persuades you to curtail your drinking - that pulls you back from the abyss - cannot be all bad. Although I didn't quit drinking, I cut back in steps - no hard liquor, then no beer (except at the baseball game, you GOTTA have one of those over-priced beers in a soggy paper cup or it just isn't baseball). Then I taught myself about good wine, matching it up with the right kind of food, etc.
I still enjoy red wine and my favorite dessert is coffee with Baileys, so I'm not condemning drinkers. But you have to be careful, really careful,learn some self-discipline, and not let your drinking escalate to the point where it becomes a real problem in your life (driving drunk, missing work, alienating your friends and family). Moderation in all things.