A lifetime drinker, Deb found her drinking increasing as the years did. With the help of This Naked Mind she’s no longer drinking too much. In fact, she’s not drinking at all.
Lying About Drinking Too Much
At 65 years old, I’ve been a wine drinker for over 45 years. I never felt that my consumption rate was unusual until the last 10 years or so, when I began drinking more than a couple of glasses a night. I began buying boxed white wine because it was less expensive and the alcohol content was lower. Once I started going through a box and a half a week, I switched to red wine because I didn’t really like it and figured that I wouldn’t drink as much. Fast forward to 2020, and I was drinking 1.5 to 2 bottles a night, and lying to my doctor about how much wine I was drinking. Over the course of the last few years, I’d mentioned to my husband that I thought I might have a problem with alcohol. He didn’t think so – he’s a Jack and ginger drinker and doesn’t overindulge, but he does have at least one a night.
Our son and his wife, who live in Virginia, had a beautiful baby girl last September. We live in NH and have limited opportunities to see her. We traveled to VA over the July 4th weekend and stayed with them for a few days. I brought 8 bottles of wine to last 4 days, and wound up buying another one while I was there. I was on vacation and feeling relaxed, and really didn’t think much about it. Our daughter-in-law let me bathe the baby and put her to bed. I thought all was well.
While there, I experienced a blackout. It’s happened to me a few times, but this particular situation was extreme. I am terrified of thunderstorms. Usually you’ll find me sitting them out in the basement. During the night before we left to come home, there was a t-storm that parked itself overhead for an hour. The thunder was so loud that it woke everyone up. I’d gone to bed after consuming a couple of bottles of wine and a small glass of Jack Daniels. My husband and daughter told me that I came down two flights of stairs to the basement of the townhouse – twice – to tell them that I wasn’t afraid of the storm. I have absolutely no recollection of it.
The Eye Opener
A week or so after we got home, my husband sat down with me. He said that our son had asked him to talk to me about not drinking when they came to NH for Labor Day weekend to celebrate our granddaughter’s first birthday. My husband went on to tell me that our son and his wife were very upset with the amount of drinking I drank at their house. To say I was mortified was an understatement. My DIL is British and very outspoken. Our relationship has been polite but not close, and my son has seemed constantly irritated with me. The day my husband talked to me was July 16. I had an open bottle of wine that I finished that night, and swore off drinking from that point forward.
No Longer Drinking Too Much
I did a lot of research in a short amount of time and came across your book. Immediately, I began reading it and kept thinking, “This makes so much sense!” I have been alcohol free for 55 days and feel so much better. This past weekend, we celebrated Sophie’s first birthday and I successfully made it through the party without feeling the urge to drink. On Sunday evening, our son and daughter-in-law wanted to visit friends and asked me to watch the baby. I nearly cried – they would not have trusted me to take care of her if I’d had anything to drink. They are coming back for Christmas and asked us to watch her for a weekend while they go to Vermont to be with friends. I am so grateful for the teachings in your book, and the support and tools you provide to help me stay alcohol-free. It means that I am healthier and so much happier, and I feel like I have been given my life back.
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