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No alcohol: benefits? (encouragement needed!)

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Created October 03, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Been losing weight on Paleo diet, but very slowly. About 6 kilos in 6 months and lately it seemed to have halted. I have been very good, but for drinking alcohol. Because of health but mostly personal reasons (let's call it emotional "vulnerability") I have decided to try to not drink any alcohol for a while, and thinking about if and how to re-introduce it after some time. I have been drinking regularly and quite a lot (4 bottles lf wine a week, I think, on avarage). It is and will be difficult for me to cut it out but writing this I realize it is serious and necessary. Desperately needing any kind of encourgement, can I expect good things? Weightloss? Emotional benefits? Long-term health benefits?

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on February 01, 2013
at 12:02 AM

To the both of you..thanks! that was like a comedy script, very entertaining!..Duchie it's great that you took note of your situation & i hope you are doing well, VB..your encouragement part sounds epic, i must pluck up the courage to try it seriously! when i say courage..i do well in social situations, but to act a complete ass i would have to be drunk, or is it the fact that to completely relax in a social atmosphere i need to be drunk. My brain is now ticking!

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on October 05, 2012
at 04:09 PM

The evenings are always the worst! I hope it's all going well still.

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at 12:44 PM

VB, you made me laugh on day 6 of 0% (=no booze) so I'm eternally grateful! :)))

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on October 05, 2012
at 12:33 PM

LOL - Why do I always assume things? Sorry - I guess there are times I say really dumb things. Don't drink though, stay strong!

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on October 05, 2012
at 11:59 AM

After three nights of not much differnce I have indeed noticed my sleep is deeper. Day 6 now, and hesitant to make conclusions, but I am sleeping better and during the day feel better. Evenings still hard.

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at 11:56 AM

Lolol I am a girl who likes girls. So I must have it REALLY easy then! :))))

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LOL :) It is even easier for a girl. Just tell him how amazing he is and laugh at his jokes (make sure to wear a short and sexy dress). Good luck!

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at 08:53 AM

I AM a girl ;) Thanks for congratz on day 6, that made me smile!

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at 08:45 AM

Congratulations on day 6!!! Keep it up!!! As for being sexually inhibited - girls are very easy. All you have to do is be nice to them and make them laugh. That's it. Just tell her that she is amazing (in detail) and tell her some sweet joke. Make it a game - how many girls will fall for it. (The answer is: all).

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at 07:12 AM

I couldn't do that I'm afraid :) Actually I am worried I will be more boring, uncomfortable and yes, sexually inhibited ;) when I don't drink. So so very silly but it does worry me most. Day 6 today, though!

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at 07:26 PM

Nice that it works for you, andrew. For some of us clearly, Not so much! Congrats to you Eddie B. I used to drink enough calories to support a whole other person. So when I quit I lost a lot of that person. She was not a happy person. I am.

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at 07:23 PM

Good for you, Dutchie, for paying attention. Thank you for the topic. It is a rich one that is helpful to explore. Please keep us posted on your experiences.

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I also think that alcohol is not really good for anyone because of its toxic proprieties, but would not get in the way of my husband's moderate drinking of one or two glasses of wine in the evening. If I were to have one or two glasses, they would have to be VERY LARGE glasses. So glad to have that monkey off my back.

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at 07:17 PM

Way-to-go Melody. I went to AA for a long long time and am very grateful for all it taught me. It was the complete answer for me for ages. Now I've moved into the larger room that the threshold of sobreity provided. It is hard to quantify. Anyone else have something to add?

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at 07:14 PM

I ditto everything that katie says and hope this thread keeps going. Being alcohol free has made me free to do anything that I can think of. While drinking everything revolved around drinking. Now I am free to lead the life of my dreams. Just came back from a cruise up the easternseaboard into Canada ending up in Quebec City. Lots of booze around, but I did not partake. I ate the great food, lots of salmon, some good lobster, good cheese, etc. I didn't gain any weight and had no hangovers and was rocked to bed at night in the cradle of the sea.

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at 07:09 PM

Thank you, Paleodude.

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at 05:13 PM

interesting...so drinking one day a week can significantly screw up your sleep schedule? Ever since I went back to school I've been taking longer to fall asleep. (even with only one drinking day per week)

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Personal experience here - I started eating paleo (no grains, no seed oils etc etc) 3 years ago now.Began to lose weight immediately, total of 1.25 stone over the 1st year.I have remained constant since at around 142 pounds.And I drink wine virtually every day - quite a few glasses. I haven't found wine to be weight stalling at all. And I certainly don't exercise like crazy - only walking, really.

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at 04:15 PM

That sounds beautiful

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at 04:11 PM

I think you do write well, Joshua

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at 04:07 PM

Thank you for addressing the main problem, scottts. It makes me emotional, so I think you are right;) About AA meetings, I feel I am not there yet, but I will investigate what we have here in the NL.

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on October 03, 2012
at 02:55 PM

Right on Eddie B, RIGHT ON!!

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at 02:44 PM

yeah I was a big microbrew fanatic and it messed me up big time, obesity, migraines, candida, all kinds of autoimmune issues, psoriasis, anxiety attacks. All GONE! never felt better and never going back

83456bd85c99b73a03dc9ccf7eb44255

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on October 03, 2012
at 02:34 PM

Very inspiring Doris... Congrats on 16 yrs. clean and sober. That is a major accomplishment.

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at 02:29 PM

Way to go Eddie B!! I'm 4 months no drinking and feel incredible. Lso 17 lbs. and a bunch of body fat. I did a little experiment this past weekend and had a few glasses of red wine with the wife to see how I would feel. Sure enough the dense fog and messed up sleep came right back. That was enough to confirm what I already suspected, alcohol is toxic and has no place in a Paleo lifestyle. I ask this; did Cavemen drink alcohol???

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on October 03, 2012
at 02:21 PM

Hard liquor has no sugar, just sugar alcohols, which has no glycemic load

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Good helpful answer, Paul. 30 days of no alcohol should tell Dutchie a lot. At first there is brain fog and a flu-like feeling as I remember and then along comes clairity and self respect for bidding good-by to what is like a bad lover. That lover will try to entice you because you will begin to shine. "Come Consuela, Dance with Me, My regiment leaves at dawn" is what the wine will call to you. Don't listen. If you drink too much that stuff will kill you, but not for a long time and meanwhile you are living in the shadow. I'm 16 yrs sober 3 yrs paleo and have never felt better. I'm 70.

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at 01:55 PM

Sorry for the poorly written paragraph, yish. I don't write very well.

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at 01:54 PM

Sometimes self evaluation isn't the easiest thing to do. Sometime is can be outright scary and unsettling. Much like change, it can be uncomfortable. Start slow and build up to phasing out the alcohol, there are much more negative side affects that affect judgment, mood, performance, and overall health affects when over consumption of alcohol occurs. Remember, avoid toxins. Alcohol has shown study after study that over consumption is toxic. I have had quite a journey with Paleo, I have lost over a 100 pounds being Paleo. I still struggle with body image issues, and self confidence.

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at 01:45 PM

I guess I'm looking for convincing reasons for when I am having a hard time. It's funny how it works, but not being able to stop after two drinks and drinking 4 to 5 days of the week is not enough to convince me during restless moments. I need to hear it from outside, that indeed it's bad the amount that I drink or will drink if I continue like this. And that I'll feel better and not worse when I don't drink. And no, being a bit more boring and shy won't make me less attractive. Weight loss and a more stable emotional & social life are definitely goals in my life at the moment.

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Dc594d9b86218d0a54baf964fd39496c

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on October 03, 2012
at 10:06 AM

As a recent college graduate, I used to drink three or four times a week. But, after graduating in May 2012, I found a full-time job that began at the beginning of September. As such, I decided to cut out alcohol for a full month to see what benefits it had. Here are my observations:

Benefits:

Much better sleep! Once you give up drinking for a week or so, your sleep will be much better. You'll feel much more refreshed throughout the day with less brain fog resulting in more productivity in whatever you do.

You'll feel much more in control! The ability to control an urge such as drinking will help you to be more disciplined in other areas of life. As someone who strives to cultivate good habits, I noticed that while not drinking, sticking to new habits became much easier (such as meditation, exercise, waking up early, etc.).

I personally can't comment on the weight-loss aspect of alcohol reduction, but, I would assume that cutting out booze will help one lose a few lbs. After all, alcohol consists of mainly empty carbs, just like refined grains and soda pop.

Drawbacks:

For me, the major drawback was a lack of social interaction. This drawback was partially due to my move to Turkey (where I teach English), as I had no friend group to interact with. But, since I had made the decision not to drink, I figured it'd be unwise to go out to the bars and drink a few beers.

Overall, it sounds like you know you need to give it up, you just need an initial impetus to begin the process. Try giving it up for a month. Tell yourself it's ONLY 30 days of your life and believe that your overall health will increase dramatically as a result of cutting all booze out. I would bet that once you cut out booze for 30 days, your desire to drink upon re-introducing it will be greatly diminished.

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at 02:34 PM

Very inspiring Doris... Congrats on 16 yrs. clean and sober. That is a major accomplishment.

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on October 04, 2012
at 07:09 PM

Thank you, Paleodude.

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on October 03, 2012
at 01:58 PM

Good helpful answer, Paul. 30 days of no alcohol should tell Dutchie a lot. At first there is brain fog and a flu-like feeling as I remember and then along comes clairity and self respect for bidding good-by to what is like a bad lover. That lover will try to entice you because you will begin to shine. "Come Consuela, Dance with Me, My regiment leaves at dawn" is what the wine will call to you. Don't listen. If you drink too much that stuff will kill you, but not for a long time and meanwhile you are living in the shadow. I'm 16 yrs sober 3 yrs paleo and have never felt better. I'm 70.

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on October 03, 2012
at 05:13 PM

interesting...so drinking one day a week can significantly screw up your sleep schedule? Ever since I went back to school I've been taking longer to fall asleep. (even with only one drinking day per week)

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on October 03, 2012
at 02:47 PM

Like Holly and the Whole 9 say, the thing that you most need to eliminate is the thing that is hardest for you to give up. Sounds like you found your thing.

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at 04:15 PM

That sounds beautiful

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on October 03, 2012
at 05:54 PM

I too am an emotional drinker though I have cut waaay down being paleo! It is hard, I understand. When my daughter is nagging and whining and hubby comes home with baggage from the day and mom who lives with us needs something - Yeah. Vodka tonic for-the-win!

I have noticed two things which I have just 'powered through' and it helps tremendously. I haven't quit entirely, but I drink soo much less now, maybe 1-2 drinks 2x a week, tops. Most weeks not anything.

1) I need less alcohol to feel it, which helps! The downside was in the beginning I didn't realize I was getting 'drunk' and as I'm on my 3rd drink or so, boom! It would hit me. So I simply stop after 2 drinks now, and try to drink them over the course of a few hours. Drink them quickly if you want a stronger buzz. :) This tends to keep my sleep disruption down and I don't feel terrible the next day.

2) Emotions, mostly anger/frustration, would drive me to drink but it made dealing with the situation(s) much harder. I also realized that the next day I couldn't deal either because I still felt like crap from drinking. This would usually trigger a much longer bout of 'burnout' where I kept being pissy and not dealing with stuff until something major bumped the adrenaline up and forced my hand. I'm ADD so that is not an uncommon thing in general, but there's really no reason other than masochism to create the situation myself!

If you can't stop completely for a full 30 days, just two weeks will make a significant difference in how you feel when you drink again. I did that and it was amazing to me how I really didn't want to drink, when before it was like a knee-jerk reaction to make myself a drink/pour a glass of wine/have a beer. FWIW, AA meetings are helpful when you simply can't fix the kinds of problems I list above on your own. If you drink to avoid problems or deal with emotions (or not deal in some cases) and you just can't stop yourself for even a week - then definitely consider an AA group!

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on October 04, 2012
at 07:17 PM

Way-to-go Melody. I went to AA for a long long time and am very grateful for all it taught me. It was the complete answer for me for ages. Now I've moved into the larger room that the threshold of sobreity provided. It is hard to quantify. Anyone else have something to add?

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on October 03, 2012
at 06:55 PM

i stopped drinking when i went paleo and the benefits are amazing:

  • no more melancholy moods (which i thought were just my 'personality'!) or depression (which i struggled with since i was a teenager, i'm 49 yrs old now)

  • clarity of mind: BIG BONUS!

  • creative inspiration begins to flow from clarity of mind (brain fog from alcohol obliterated this in my life when i drank)

  • my emotions in general have stabilized and there is much less drama in my life. none actually. i deal with situations directly as they arise, sans drama. the simplicity is elegant and brilliant compared to the alcohol induced drama-fests that relationships sometimes were for me.

  • genuine connections with others and myself.

  • restful sleep that restores and rejuvenates. i wake up eager to start the day. this does not happen after drinking.

  • i have the physical energy to exercise and move my body = weight loss and feeling of vitality that i never had when i drank.

i hope this encourages you ~ i was flirting with alcoholism and drank as much as you for several years. i have never felt better and don't miss it at all! (there was a time when i couldn't believe that would be possible) take heart and go for it! you will be so happy that you did. giving yourself the one month is a good start. the positive reinforcement will be a big help in keeping you off the booze once you feel/experience the benefits. let us know how it goes.

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on October 04, 2012
at 07:14 PM

I ditto everything that katie says and hope this thread keeps going. Being alcohol free has made me free to do anything that I can think of. While drinking everything revolved around drinking. Now I am free to lead the life of my dreams. Just came back from a cruise up the easternseaboard into Canada ending up in Quebec City. Lots of booze around, but I did not partake. I ate the great food, lots of salmon, some good lobster, good cheese, etc. I didn't gain any weight and had no hangovers and was rocked to bed at night in the cradle of the sea.

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on October 03, 2012
at 02:08 PM

Dutchie,

If you truly drink alcohol because of emotional reasons, you probably need to quit and stay quit. If you do you will experience life on life's terms. When you drink to handle emotions you simply stunt your emotional growth and cannot ever acheive contentment with your life.

If you find you truly have issues to work through I recommend AA as a beginning. When you find the right meeting you will find people who will give you all the support, stories, asnd motiviation you will need to stay alcohol free. There are many kinds of AA meetings, you will need to search for one that clicks with your personality.

The very best of luck to you.

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on October 03, 2012
at 04:07 PM

Thank you for addressing the main problem, scottts. It makes me emotional, so I think you are right;) About AA meetings, I feel I am not there yet, but I will investigate what we have here in the NL.

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on October 04, 2012
at 07:23 PM

Good for you, Dutchie, for paying attention. Thank you for the topic. It is a rich one that is helpful to explore. Please keep us posted on your experiences.

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on October 03, 2012
at 02:00 PM

alcohol will keep your insulin levels elevated and will halt fat loss until it is metabolised out of your system, if you are drinking regularly you will not achieve any meaningful fat loss unless you are chronically exercising like mad, which comes with its own set of problems

regularly consuming alcohol has detrimental effects on the nervous system and there is a often a tipping point for most regular drinkers where the soothing qualities it has upon the nervous system turn to dependent (have to drink to feel "normal") and eventually aggravating (feeling irritable, nervous, anxious if you are not drinking). Long term over-use is known to heighten and create anxiety

Overall if you are following a paleo or healthy lifestyle you might want to try crowding out the alcohol consumption with other activities. If you get up early in the morning to exercise it wont feel so good if you have been drinking the night before. This can be a great motivator not to drink, as well as looking and feeling fitter, improved sleep patterns. Yes, your social life will take a hit but if you stick with it you will get the results you are looking for and will eventually feel a lot better

BTW, tomorrow I am celebrating 6 months no drinking, am down 45 lbs and went from 25 to 13% bodyfat since this past March - keep the big picture in mind as a motivator, best of luck to you!

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on October 03, 2012
at 02:55 PM

Right on Eddie B, RIGHT ON!!

83456bd85c99b73a03dc9ccf7eb44255

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on October 03, 2012
at 02:29 PM

Way to go Eddie B!! I'm 4 months no drinking and feel incredible. Lso 17 lbs. and a bunch of body fat. I did a little experiment this past weekend and had a few glasses of red wine with the wife to see how I would feel. Sure enough the dense fog and messed up sleep came right back. That was enough to confirm what I already suspected, alcohol is toxic and has no place in a Paleo lifestyle. I ask this; did Cavemen drink alcohol???

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on October 03, 2012
at 04:52 PM

Personal experience here - I started eating paleo (no grains, no seed oils etc etc) 3 years ago now.Began to lose weight immediately, total of 1.25 stone over the 1st year.I have remained constant since at around 142 pounds.And I drink wine virtually every day - quite a few glasses. I haven't found wine to be weight stalling at all. And I certainly don't exercise like crazy - only walking, really.

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on October 04, 2012
at 07:26 PM

Nice that it works for you, andrew. For some of us clearly, Not so much! Congrats to you Eddie B. I used to drink enough calories to support a whole other person. So when I quit I lost a lot of that person. She was not a happy person. I am.

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on October 03, 2012
at 02:44 PM

yeah I was a big microbrew fanatic and it messed me up big time, obesity, migraines, candida, all kinds of autoimmune issues, psoriasis, anxiety attacks. All GONE! never felt better and never going back

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on October 04, 2012
at 07:11 PM

Everybody wrote about the benefits. I am going to add the "encouragement part".

First of all, when you go to a party, you don't really have to drink - you can pretend to drink! Walk around with a glass of free booze and pretend to sip it when somebody pressures you. If nobody says anything, just walking around with a glass makes an impression that you are drinking.

Think of all the fun you can have at the party pretending to be drunk! You can still laugh really loud and do crazy things like everybody else, but this time you can actually enjoy doing crazy things in a sober state.

Good for you for not drinking! Your liver will thank you! Your pancreas, too.

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on October 05, 2012
at 12:33 PM

LOL - Why do I always assume things? Sorry - I guess there are times I say really dumb things. Don't drink though, stay strong!

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at 11:56 AM

Lolol I am a girl who likes girls. So I must have it REALLY easy then! :))))

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at 07:12 AM

I couldn't do that I'm afraid :) Actually I am worried I will be more boring, uncomfortable and yes, sexually inhibited ;) when I don't drink. So so very silly but it does worry me most. Day 6 today, though!

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at 10:48 AM

LOL :) It is even easier for a girl. Just tell him how amazing he is and laugh at his jokes (make sure to wear a short and sexy dress). Good luck!

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at 08:53 AM

I AM a girl ;) Thanks for congratz on day 6, that made me smile!

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at 08:45 AM

Congratulations on day 6!!! Keep it up!!! As for being sexually inhibited - girls are very easy. All you have to do is be nice to them and make them laugh. That's it. Just tell her that she is amazing (in detail) and tell her some sweet joke. Make it a game - how many girls will fall for it. (The answer is: all).

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at 12:44 PM

VB, you made me laugh on day 6 of 0% (=no booze) so I'm eternally grateful! :)))

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on February 01, 2013
at 12:02 AM

To the both of you..thanks! that was like a comedy script, very entertaining!..Duchie it's great that you took note of your situation & i hope you are doing well, VB..your encouragement part sounds epic, i must pluck up the courage to try it seriously! when i say courage..i do well in social situations, but to act a complete ass i would have to be drunk, or is it the fact that to completely relax in a social atmosphere i need to be drunk. My brain is now ticking!

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on October 03, 2012
at 05:04 PM

Weight loss. Yep, alcohol keeps you from metabolizing the fatty acids in your bloodstream.

Sleep. It throws off your ability to get good delta wave sleep.

Anxiety. Alcohol is a good anxiolytic for some people in the short term, but long term it's much worse.

Toxins. Alcohol metabolism throws off all kinds of nasty compounds, particularly in excess.

Definitely take a break for at least 30 days if you're at all inclined to do so. If you have difficulty moderating your intake after that (let's say less than 3 drinks per week) you may benefit from waiting it out a little longer.

Moderation Management is a pretty good program if you think you may have some alcohol problems but don't want to become a teetotaler.

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on October 03, 2012
at 02:27 PM

-It raises blood pressure

-It has 90-100 calories per 1.5 oz. (hard liquor)

-It disrupts the sleep cycle

-It stresses the liver

-It's expensive

-It's addictive

-In the case of wine, it's loaded with carbohydrates

-........

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on October 03, 2012
at 02:21 PM

I stopped cold turkey back in the beginning of June. Had been a moderate drinker for almost my entire life before that. Coincidentally, I started the Paleo lifestyle the same day I quit drinking. I felt like a totally different person while not drinking. More relaxed, more focused, a lot more energy, and the best advantage; much much better sleep. Alcohol really messes up your REM sleep.

I did an experiment last Saturday. After not drinking for almost 4 months, I decided to have a few glasses of red wine with my wife at the winery. The minute I got home from the winery I felt so tired I needed to take a nap at 4 pm. After I woke up from the nap I felt like I was in a dense fog the rest of the night and into the next day. My drink of choice when I wads drinking was beer, and I even brewed my own for awhile. Now even the smell of beer turns me off and I can't stomach the taste of it. I suspect it has something to do with the wheat content as I have eliminated ALL wheat from my diet.

So I am a believer that alcohol is very toxic to the body and should be used in VERY small amounts if at all. I lost 17 lbs. and just had the best lipid panel of my life on Paleo with NO alcohol.

Try 30 days of no alcohol and you will be amazed on how you feel and will most likely never want to go back to your old ways.

GOOD LUCK!!!

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on October 04, 2012
at 07:21 PM

I also think that alcohol is not really good for anyone because of its toxic proprieties, but would not get in the way of my husband's moderate drinking of one or two glasses of wine in the evening. If I were to have one or two glasses, they would have to be VERY LARGE glasses. So glad to have that monkey off my back.

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on October 03, 2012
at 01:30 PM

Just a quick comment here, cut the alcohol if you are looking at weight loss as your primary goal. All alcohol is pumped full of sugars. If you have been Paleo for a while you know the bitter truth about sugars.

Cut out alcohol cold turkey for a month, and observe how you feel and let judgment determine if you want to continue the pattern.

Good luck!

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on October 03, 2012
at 01:54 PM

Sometimes self evaluation isn't the easiest thing to do. Sometime is can be outright scary and unsettling. Much like change, it can be uncomfortable. Start slow and build up to phasing out the alcohol, there are much more negative side affects that affect judgment, mood, performance, and overall health affects when over consumption of alcohol occurs. Remember, avoid toxins. Alcohol has shown study after study that over consumption is toxic. I have had quite a journey with Paleo, I have lost over a 100 pounds being Paleo. I still struggle with body image issues, and self confidence.

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on October 03, 2012
at 02:21 PM

Hard liquor has no sugar, just sugar alcohols, which has no glycemic load

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on October 03, 2012
at 01:45 PM

I guess I'm looking for convincing reasons for when I am having a hard time. It's funny how it works, but not being able to stop after two drinks and drinking 4 to 5 days of the week is not enough to convince me during restless moments. I need to hear it from outside, that indeed it's bad the amount that I drink or will drink if I continue like this. And that I'll feel better and not worse when I don't drink. And no, being a bit more boring and shy won't make me less attractive. Weight loss and a more stable emotional & social life are definitely goals in my life at the moment.

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on October 03, 2012
at 04:11 PM

I think you do write well, Joshua

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on October 03, 2012
at 01:55 PM

Sorry for the poorly written paragraph, yish. I don't write very well.

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on October 03, 2012
at 01:18 PM

Paul took the words right out of my mouth (all the best in Turkey Paul!); I also loved what Nora Gedgaudas wrote about alcohol in Primal Body, Primal Mind. I looked for a good quote to add, but it's all good. She does an excellent job of explaining the correlation between sugar/carb addiction and alcohol cravings. I remember reading something to that effect years ago in William Dufty's Sugar Blues(1986). What got me over the hump was popcorn with olive oil + sea salt, which of course is no better for us, but was easier to quit later. All the best Dutchie!

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on February 15, 2013
at 01:29 AM

Organ damage: Liver, Pancreas, Adrenals, Kidney, Bladder, Thyroid, Brain, GI tract (intestines, leaky gut....) uh, need I go on? Speaking from my second day off Potato Vodka (for Lent) and hopefully for life.

I feel better already!

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on February 14, 2013
at 10:36 PM

of course there are benefits to abstaining from alcohol. are you stupid?

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on February 14, 2013
at 09:55 PM

Hi, for the last 5 years I have given up drinking during Lent. My wife joked I wouldn't be able to and this made me question if she was right. Five years on, I look forward to the chance to take control back. The only difficult time is the first weekend, breaking the routine.

With an alchoholic brother, who is 4 years dry, i'm full of respect for him and how the quality of life has improved immensely.

For myself, the biggest benefit is the knowledge that I can go without

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on January 31, 2013
at 11:43 PM

If you're used to drinking often you need to replace it with a different activity. You can't just spend the time you used to drink sitting on your hands staring at the wall. It won't work.

Develop a hobby, preferably something that would be difficult or impossible while drinking. Go for an evening bike ride, join a volleyball team... volunteer your time at a hospital or something.

I can tell you from experience that rigorous physical activity will leave you with a glow that you won't want to disrupt with alcohol. Positive begets positive...

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on January 31, 2013
at 10:17 PM

hello all, I've been a vodka 100 proof drinker for 20yrs. drinking everyday and smoking weed. it hasn't ruined my life yet but I do feel foggy and just can't wait to get home after work to drink. now, it's day 2 without both. last night was pretty tough and had to run off and sit in the church parking lot. that calmed me down and I'm sure tonight will be the same. alcohol has ruined 2 very good jobs, passed relationships and much more. I will try the 30 days, my long term goal is never again. it's an ugly path that I don't want to walk down again. I wish everyone to stay strong and hopefully I will 2.

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on October 08, 2012
at 06:46 PM

Hope you are still going strong! Evenings are hard because usually that's when all the stuff comes up that leads you to want to drink!

Get a hobby. If you have addictive personality it might be difficult to choose something "safe" to get addicted to. LOL For serious - so many people I know get involved in online gaming and such and BAM! They loose their life to that instead of drinking! If you enjoy reading or even playing a sport, check out meetup.com and see if there is anything in your area that will help to redirect your energies away. I run a sci-fi club and I use 'geeking-out' as my substitute. :) So what if it's the 100x I've watched this movie?! It's awesome! LOL (and I can sleep better after!)

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on October 03, 2012
at 05:48 PM

Alcohol messes up my sleep every time. I find that fizzy water is a reasonable substitute. It feels more special than plain water, especially with ice and lemon in it.

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on October 05, 2012
at 11:59 AM

After three nights of not much differnce I have indeed noticed my sleep is deeper. Day 6 now, and hesitant to make conclusions, but I am sleeping better and during the day feel better. Evenings still hard.

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on October 05, 2012
at 04:09 PM

The evenings are always the worst! I hope it's all going well still.

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