How to Stop Drinking in Your 70s – Sandie’s Naked Life

Sandie spent her entire adult life drinking. Moderation was never an option and the drinking was always to excess. She never expected to be telling others how to stop drinking in your 70s but she’s doing it – successfully. Learn how This Naked Mind was part of her journey!

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Drinking Exposure

My father was a big ‘party” guy and loved to have his Scotch when he got home from the Bank. This was during the 50s and 60s. My parents had a group of friends that got together a lot and they all drank. It was more men than women getting loaded. It was as if these men were still in a fraternity together even though they now had families and jobs.

When I was in my late teens I remember my father telling me I should learn to drink Scotch, which I did not like. At that time I didn’t like hard alcohol and the few times I drank too much (alcohol mixed with coke) I became deathly ill throwing up. No one really drank wine then. It was associated with Thunderbird and mostly out-of-work men on the street.

The Drink That Changed It All

When I was 16 I attended a cousin’s wedding and was asked to serve champagne, which I had never tasted. I only thought of it as something to drink for celebrations. I remember taking the first sip and not liking it all but kept sipping until I was almost passed out in someone’s bedroom. After that, if I had alcohol it was always mixed with fruit juice or something sweet. It took me a number of times to learn to slow down and not drink so fast and so much. It usually made me sick.

Still Drinking in My 70s

I am 75 years old and I have been drinking my whole adult life except for a 4-year period when I was 40 years old. It has always been hard for me to just have one glass. No matter how many times I promised myself not to drink more, I did. When I quit at 40 it was because I had just moved to a new city with a new job. I was afraid I was really going to mess it up if I kept drinking. I had a friend who went to AA so I asked him to take me to a meeting. From that first meeting, it never felt right for me.

I didn’t want to dwell on the past and bring up all the old stuff. What I wanted was to move on. I was alcohol-free until I was having dinner in Paris with my best friends. They were having a glass of wine and I thought what the hell? I jumped back off the wagon. I was ok for a couple of years and then I met my now husband and he was a “party” guy just like my father.

How To Stop Drinking in Your 70s

I’ve been working with a counselor for the last 8 months and we’ve discussed my drinking quite a bit. I knew I didn’t want to go back to AA and started looking for other options. She recommended that I read This Naked Mind. I started with The Alcohol Experiment and from the first video, I knew the program spoke to me. I wanted a positive outlook to move me forward. In my life, I’ve been through enough to understand how my brain and body work, but I didn’t yet have the tools to put the whole thing in motion. I’ve been meditating and writing for some time so this approach fit perfectly.

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We’re Not Alone

I would like to reach out to women my age who have developed a similar habit and let them know they are not alone in this situation. The changes that happen when we age; retirement, loss of loved ones, changes in our bodies, and financial worries all mount up. When we want to numb those fears and worries it’s so easy to use alcohol. There’s an alternative and I hope people can discover it through this type of work.

Finding Freedom From Alcohol at 75

I am now on day 31 and I only miss alcohol in the evenings at “cocktail hour” or social events when everyone is drinking and I’m feeling on the sidelines. I struggle with frustration and anxiety but I know that comes from being off the numbing agent. Some days are really hard and I would love to have something that would take the stress away, but I know I would be back to feeling shame and sadness that I didn’t stay the course.

Over the years I’ve had breast cancer twice and was diagnosed with a fatty liver. Still, I made up excuses of why it wasn’t the alcohol. I have read numerous articles lately about how it has become a problem for women as they age. Getting together for lunch and having a few glasses of wine followed by a glass around 5, one while cooking dinner, one during dinner, and another taken to bed with a good book.

I now love not waking up in the middle of the night with feelings of shame that I drank too much, not having a dull hangover all day until I drank again, and best of all not worrying about when and how much I would drink. It’s a journey and right now my health is the most important thing to me. I know I can change some of the harm I have done to my body.

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