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Alcohol-To Drink Or Not To Drink

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This article was written by MM member, Katy Byyrne, psychotherapist, writer and editor. She has given permission to publish it here: Stopping an addiction like drinking or moderating the habit is an ongoing debate in some circles. Whether to quit or regulate? Alcoholics Anonymous says that drinkers are “powerless” over alcohol and need to “turn…

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Moderation muscles

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My quest for new and better coping mechanisms to replace my drinking has led me to taking up regular exercise. It’s known to be mood-altering, so much so, that it’s one of the few proven treatments for anxiety and depression. I can’t help but see some similarity in my workouts and my moderation.

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What Can Be Accomplished In A Month?

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  I googled that this morning, “What can be accomplished in a month?” I was feeling kind of pressured to write something on the always auspicious first day of the year. Imagine my relief when “10 Things That Can Be Accomplished In A Month” popped right up. Easy peasy, am I right? Then I read…

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Drinking No Longer Means Party

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Drinking can never mean “Weeeee!” to me again if I am going to succeed at moderation. Drinking is more like paying taxes and receiving only a simple satisfaction that I am being responsible in return.

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Where to begin?

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I’m a procrastinator. It’s actually a miracle I’m writing this article, but I owe my success with writing to the fact that I learned to get started with drinking less. Dealing with my drinking has helped me learn to figure out where to start with other things.

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The ‘hell no’ limit

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Louis CK has a skit on gaining weight where he talks about stepping on the scale and reaches a point where he finally has a reaction. After noticing his pants getting tight, and being vaguely aware of eating until he hates himself, he calls it the ‘hell no’ weight. Right up until you reach that…

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It Takes A Village

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“The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers & cities; but to know someone who thinks & feels with us, & who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe   I didn’t want to join a…

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Inconvenient

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Addiction theory talks about the ‘anywhere, anytime, at any cost’ aspect of the problem behaviour. In fact, doing something despite the harmful consequences is one of the cornerstones of addiction diagnosis. However, one of the best tools to fight over-drinking habits is simply making it inconvenient.

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Unlearning

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I’m adding this article looking at how addiction happens in a learning environment, and that the process of getting addicted is pretty similar to a learning disorder where we use a single tool to cope with the challenges we face at the expense of learning alternative methods of coping. The reverse is true of moderation…

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Wine Intolerance

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Jeez! I read back through my blog the other day, and, hell’s bells I sure talk about going for walks a lot. No more walking blogs! Someone on one of the message boards the other day wrote a post about how she’d taken a short abstinence stretch and then gone out to restaurant and had…

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