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Hi Dave, its me bud again. After being sober for over a month, and feeling pretty self righteous, not to mention feeling better physically as well,on Saturday a bottle of Smirnoff knocked me off my high horse. The funny thing is that I didnt really 'need a drink' like I used to, it was more of an experiment. Of course, the experiment went bad, I drank the whole bottle, along with some beers. The weird thing is that Sunday I was sick to my stomach and actually threw up. My wife says I havent done that for over 20 years! A bottle of vodka and some beers was my usual weekend. My theory is that my 'system' is becoming normalised after weeks off the booze, then it got hit with a major insult. Kind of like how it would affect a non drinker?! What do you think? Anyway, its another good reason to stay clear of the stuff! Thanks for your thoughts!

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Hello Bud
I think the question that you might want to ask your self is why you drank a whole bottle of Smirnoff and some beers… When it was more of an experiment? I can tell you that I think the question that you might want to ask your self is why you drank a whole bottle of Smirnoff and some beers… When it was more of an experiment? I can tell you that in an alcoholic like me, once I drink any amount of alcohol including a sip of wine at communion… The phenomenon of craving kicks in .   In an alcoholic like me, once I drink any amount of alcohol including a sip of wine at communion… The phenomenon of craving kicks in and I do not stop drinking until either I can't drink Anymore because I am incapacitated or there is no other way to get more booze… Sometimes I would throw up others I wouldn't… So by definition, an alcoholic is one who cannot control his drinking once started and cannot stay stopped on his own… Does any of that sound familiar? If it does you might be an alcoholic Definition an alcoholic is one who cannot control his drinking once started and cannot stay stopped on his own… Does any of that sound familiar? If it does you might be an alcoholic.  You might try and Alcoholics Anonymous meeting… Dave  

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I'm an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous and have been sober for over 8 years. I am only able to assist people with a desire to stop drinking or other fellow members of AA who may need an ear. I'm sorry...but I'm not qualified to assist you with questions about your relationship with someone else in your life with an alcohol problem. That is, for the most part, out of the scope of my area of expertise. I'm only able to assist the person suffering. I've read our "Big Book" of alcoholics anonymous many times as I have many of the other accepted literature in AA. I've sponsored a few guys and have my own sponsor. I'm more than willing to take your questions about your own problems with alcohol. I've had a strong spiritual journey of the educational variety and would be happy to share my experience strength and hope with you. If you think you have a problem with drinking we can talk. I work in the Health Care field and have researched many of the medical aspects of alcoholism and addiction so I'm comfortable with my working medical knowledge of addiction. Disclaimer: I do not represent AA nor am I a spokesman for AA. I cant and wont answer questions about alcoholics anonymous in any capacity that would have me explain AA's view on any subject. We neither endorse nor promote any outside interests or causes. *****Further: I must limit my answers only to the person who is suffering from alcoholism or who has a sincere desire to quit drinking.*****

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Sober 8 years. Held many positions in my large fellowship. Secretary, treasurer, alternate general secretary, H&I visits to a local state prison, lead our fellowships book study for a term. Hold a Big Book study in my home. Sponsored a number of guys. Taken a few all the way through the steps.

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Read the Big Book many times and attended book studies reading the Big Book cover to cover. Also the 12 and 12 cover to cover. I have an advanced degree in a health care field.

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