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My Drinking Problem

Middle age sucks. I can look back over my teenage years, my 20, 30s and now I am halfway through my 40s. In January of 2013 I will turn 45 years old.

Besides going into welding, my other major regret is when I started drinking.

Unlike a lot of people I did not drink in my teenage years. I tried a beer when I was around 15 or 16 years old, and the taste was disagreeable.

When I was around 23 years old I went by a corner store in Bridge City Texas, picked up a couple of bottles of Boone’s Farm wine, then went home to have a drink.

Why did I buy a bottle of Boone’s Farm wine? I do not know. Maybe I was bored and looking for something to do?

What I do know, drinking is one of the worst mistakes I have ever made. Drinking has had a negative affect on my health, its not cheap, and its addictive.

At this point in my life I am probably somewhere about 30 – 40 pounds overweight. Lets say I drink 3 or 4 beers, at 100 – 150 calories each, you are talking an easy 300 – 500 extra calories a day. Then when you start adding mixed drinks, the calories really pile on.

When I started drinking around the time I was 23 years old, that is the same time I started having issues with my weight. I put on weight easier then I did before I started drinking.

I wonder how much money I have spent on beer, wine and whiskey over the past 22 – 23 years. I wish I would have never spent a single penny on booze. That money would have been better spent on my kids, or a vacation for the family.

There are so much better things to spend money on besides alcohol. For the price of a 12 pack, I could buy 2 boxes of American Eagle 223 Remington, or 2 boxes of Tula 7.62×39, and have some change left over.

Every time I buy something to drink, I am taking money away from my family and from my prepping resources. And I am ashamed because of that.

Why don’t I just stop drinking? Because I like it too much.

Lets be honest, I have a problem with drinking. I can go a month without having a drink, but when I do drink, I drink until the last drop is gone.

Admitting that there is the problem is the first step to recovery.

This post is my first step to being alcohol free.

My battle with alcohol

My mom visits my blog from time to time, so I want to apologize to her and my dad. My battle is nothing they did wrong as parents. I blame this battle with alcohol on myself for being weak.

Unlike a lot of people, I did not drink in my teenage years. I drank a couple of times, did not like the taste or the effects, so I almost never drank in my teenage years. I hope mom and dad are glad to know that.

If I made it past my teenage years without drinking, why did I start drinking? I think it was out of boredom.

The first time I bought alcohol I was maybe 23 or 24 years old. I went to the Texaco gas station in Bridge City Texas and bought 2 bottles of Boones Farm wine.

My first few drinks of wine upset my stomach something terrible; I should have taken the hint. I honestly wish I would have never taken another drink after that Boones Farm. Some people can drink Boones Farm just fine. But there is something with my stomach that I can not drink any kind of sweet wine. Wine coolers upset my stomach the same way Boones farm did.

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