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I just want to make a comment that you do not need to lose 'everything' before making a decision that alcohol is creating problems in your life. I had gotten to the point where I was having a problem at times 'controlling' just how much I would drink, and at times would drink more than I should or drive after I had been drinking. Attendance at open AA 'speaker' meetings taught me that the disease is progressive, and I could look back and see that each year I drank more, did less appropriate things, and that indeed the problem was getting worse rather than better. I still had my job, wife, home and all those things, but was very depressed at the prospects for the future.

After attending meetings for a bit, I had to decide if I thought giving up alcohol would be 'right' for me. It had seemingly been such a friend in times of stress, pain, and other uncomfortable times, as well as a way to celebrate happy times. On Christmas eve I was sipping a drink in front of the Christmas tree, after having a disagreement with my wife, and asked myself an important question. If I am 'an alcoholic' it would be good to give up drinking, and if I am not, then is should not be a problem. So, why don't I try to stay sober 'a day at a time' like AA suggests? I tried and have been happy with the results for the last 29+ years (30 this Christmas).

I still attend my AA meetings and hear what happened to some of the people who, when at a point of decision, decided to keep drinking. I have not heard one tell how things got better as time went on. It may require some major changes in attitudes, but I sure like the results better than if I had continued on my old path. It was one of the most important and best decisions of my life to choose a sober way of life.

Best wishes to each of you, and happy holidays!!! Gapfan :-)
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