Brett: “Belle, I have been trying moderation. It absolutely does not work. I felt so deeply for you in your last post about that. It doesn’t work, Belle, at least not for me.
This is how I know, and why I am committed to fully quitting the booze and gaining true freedom…
Ask yourself: If you have 2 glasses of wine (let’s be honest, truly “moderate”, “normal” drinkers generally have two drinks in any one sitting), will you want more? Be honest. If the answer is yes, you will not be successful moderating. Even more importantly, with regard to the wolf’s suggestion that we may not actually be alcoholics, etc., if we can limit our intake, ask yourself:
After those two glasses, even if you were able to stop, would the choice be simple and easy? Would you have to think about it? Would you obsess about the decision, going back and forth over and over again? Could you truly take it or leave it, without spending another thought on it?
I’m beginning to believe that the tell-tale sign of addiction is not how much or how often we drink, but that we actually spend time thinking about drinking. Not just thinking. Obsessing. I’ll freely admit that I am obsessed with drinking.
So I can’t drink — not even in forced moderation. I don’t want to just be free of the drink. I want to be free of the obsession.”