Originally Posted by eljimberino
Over a month without a drop.
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Good on ya! Lots of good responses here. Getting people involved is a big step in the right direction. AA provides instant listeners - and there are other groups and people who can be there for ya. I've never had the blackout thingie - but I hear ya about the beer - it's like the ad "can't have just one". So, I have to do without.
Alcohol is a mood enhancer and pain killer. It chemically helps you feel happy, and reduces pain. If that is why you drink, finding friends, and taking good care of existing friends, can help with those things. If you can't leave the alcohol after 2 or 3 drinks, then you have to leave it entirely out.
Feeling happy is also something that bicycling helps with - exercise does the same thing as the alcohol - it changes physical things in your body that make you happier. It just takes a bit longer.
Be strong, say a prayer to whomever you are willing to pray to, and do it regularly. Some folks will feel strongly about the who - but I think it is important to just do it, just like the getting out and riding, and I don't think it matters who you pray to. Find ways to be with people who AREN'T drinking, and good luck.