Posts Tagged “Moderation”

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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Playing With Fire

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The one advantage of playing with fire, Lady Caroline, is that one never gets even singed. It is the people who don’t know how to play with it who get burned up.”  ― Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance   I live surrounded by forests that I love. The majesty of the ancient trees, their perfume,…

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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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10/10/2016: Is Age A Factor When Choosing Moderation Or Abstinence?

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Maybe not the first time I found myself puking into the toilet after hitting 40 did I think, “I’m too old to still be puking up booze”, but soon after I often found myself waking up and cringing at things I had done the night before.  Sure, I cringed plenty in my 20’s and 30’s, but,…

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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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