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Advice for staying sober on a sunny day

  • 17-09-2020 2:45pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 265 ✭✭ sparklinglens


    I find sunny days like today pretty hard. I keep thinking of how nice it would be to have a few drinks in a beer garden.

    What do you do to help you stay sober on days like today?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 193 ✭✭ 2018na


    I find sunny days like today pretty hard. I keep thinking of how nice it would be to have a few drinks in a beer garden.

    What do you do to help you stay sober on days like today?

    I swear by non alcohol beer or cider. Does not work for everyone but I find it a game changer for getting rid of the goo to have a drink


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,051 ✭✭✭ FixitFelix


    2018na wrote: »
    I swear by non alcohol beer or cider. Does not work for everyone but I find it a game changer for getting rid of the goo to have a drink

    This x1000!! people always give me the usual bollox " ah sure you might as well drink coke as that ****e".
    If I was to drink coke id be on the pints in now time, the non alcoholic has the same bite so gets rid of that taste for a pint.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,213 ✭✭✭ wally1990


    I find sunny days like today pretty hard. I keep thinking of how nice it would be to have a few drinks in a beer garden.

    What do you do to help you stay sober on days like today?

    I know it's cliche but honestly a hobby or something

    For me, it's self discipline

    When I see a really sunny day I try to stop thinking about how nice a few drinks would be

    I try to think about the hangover the next day and how it could ruin my weekend and sleep and could I go walking, or swimming (even indoor) or a drive somewhere instead

    A non alcoholic drink is also a good idea to get the brief taste and get the idea out of my head then

    It's literally like I try to do something else to distract myself and not think drink is my only option on a sunny day

    Easier said than done of course

    I like reading so going to nearby park or beach and read (Kindle or book)

    Or just go for a spin to distract myself and take photos

    Walk my dogs

    Literally anything besides having a pint


  • Registered Users Posts: 265 ✭✭ sparklinglens


    wally1990 wrote: »
    I know it's cliche but honestly a hobby or something

    For me, it's self discipline

    When I see a really sunny day I try to stop thinking about how nice a few drinks would be

    I try to think about the hangover the next day and how it could ruin my weekend and sleep and could I go walking, or swimming (even indoor) or a drive somewhere instead

    A non alcoholic drink is also a good idea to get the brief taste and get the idea out of my head then

    It's literally like I try to do something else to distract myself and not think drink is my only option on a sunny day

    Easier said than done of course

    I like reading so going to nearby park or beach and read (Kindle or book)

    Or just go for a spin to distract myself and take photos

    Walk my dogs

    Literally anything besides having a pint

    Thanks for this - really great advice.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,161 ✭✭✭ Amazingfun


    It depends on one's history with alcohol: are you just a "take a break from the bottle" kind of person; or are you a problem drinker/ alcoholic?

    I am a recovered alcoholic. Therefore the weather, financial conditions, global pandemics, romantic attachments (or lack thereof) have zero relevance to my " I don't drink---ever" reality. If a question involving sunny days and drinking even entered my mind and stayed there as a serious consideration for more than a few minutes, I'd know I was on thin ice.

    For me, and people like me, we have had to come to an understanding that drinking is over , for good. It was a long hard road to come to grips with this in my case, but the irony is that once I really got it----I was free and have remained so for almost two decades now. Thank God :-)

    Wishing all on the forum continued success on the journey.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 97 ✭✭ prishtinaboy99


    Amazingfun wrote: »
    It depends on one's history with alcohol: are you just a "take a break from the bottle" kind of person; or are you a problem drinker/ alcoholic?

    I am a recovered alcoholic. Therefore the weather, financial conditions, global pandemics, romantic attachments (or lack thereof) have zero relevance to my " I don't drink---ever" reality. If a question involving sunny days and drinking even entered my mind and stayed there as a serious consideration for more than a few minutes, I'd know I was on thin ice.

    For me, and people like me, we have had to come to an understanding that drinking is over , for good. It was a long hard road to come to grips with this in my case, but the irony is that once I really got it----I was free and have remained so for almost two decades now. Thank God :-)

    Wishing all on the forum continued success on the journey.

    So true as someone who had zero willpower to refuse a drink or if I had a bit of willpower when I really needed to stop drinking, the sun moon and stars had to be aligned for me to not drink.

    Now I am recovered like you say all these other things, stresses in life do not affect my decision not to drink and have a good life without alcohol.


  • Registered Users Posts: 265 ✭✭ sparklinglens


    So true as someone who had zero willpower to refuse a drink or if I had a bit of willpower when I really needed to stop drinking, the sun moon and stars had to be aligned for me to not drink.

    Now I am recovered like you say all these other things, stresses in life do not affect my decision not to drink and have a good life without alcohol.

    Can I ask what helped you to recover? So far AA and Smart meetings are not working for me. It's really difficult.


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