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BB, thanks for your posting. I focused on the reasons I had for "wanting to want to" stop drinking. The reasons to continue drinking seemed endless - I could manufacture reasons that had no reality at all.

I eventually reached a suggested point of asking a person if they wished to quit drinking before I spent much time speaking with them on the subject. The point being that I could be of little help to someone who wished to continue drinking because I have little to share about that. My experience is pretty much limited to how I was able to stop successfully and how much better I am feeling now.

Your point is well taken to look at the situation as realistically as possible. If the advantages outweigh the disadvantages for either choice, that suggests which decision is the better choice. It is a little like the Jack Benny skit where the robber point the gun at him and states: "Your money or your life!" and Jack stands there for some time. Finally the robber asks "Didn't you hear me?" and Jack answers "I'm thinking, I'm thinking!"

Your comment on the meetings, where you hear things that let you know that you are not alone, not the only one who thinks the way you do, that you might be with others who are "just like you," you get more hope. And that is just the start of what can be a joyous journey.

Sincerely, Gapfan
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