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[align=center]i put this in the fun forum because everyone else thinks i am joking, but i'm not.

i gave up the drink. havent touched a drop since my birthday last month, 3 weeks dry. i just got fed up looking at my friends pissed drunk and knowing i looked just the same to them, overdosing on vodka just to get the buzz. getting into fights over nothing every weekend, my knuckles swollen from punching other idiots like me around, dislocated a knuckle in february. fighting, always fighting.
i ripped my new birthday clothes in a fight, twisted my ankle and lost a brand new shoe running from the gardaí when they came to break up another fight. my samsung galaxy phone i got at Christmas smashed in another fight when it fell outa my pocket and got trampled in the scrum. i think i lost €20 in that one too.
i dont mind a fight now an again, but i added them all up one day and its 12 that i remember since Christmas, way too much.

the weekend after my birthday in an arranged fight with lads from another part of town one of my friends got slashed with a stanley knife and had to have 40 stitches in his back and neck, he only got outa hospital in time for Easter. we never even seen the stanley coming and i got more clothes ruined with all the blood from carrying him home.
i had enough after i that. i dont have to prove myself to anyone. they all know i can take care of myself and the problem is they all expect me to come running to take care of them too. only 12 months to my big school exams and all the time i wasted that could have been used for studying. :baffled:

3 weeks later and not a single fight since, my clothes are lasting longer than a few days and my knuckles are all healed up again. it was the demon drink to blame. the adults are right, tis always the drink to blame. i am not saying i wont ever drink again, but i am done with hiding in fields with my friends, skulling bottles of cheap vodka and coke until i get drunk.
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Good for you. A close friend of the family died from a blood clot after one to many bar fights. You might lose a friend or two as you won't be as much fun, but trust me you'll live longer to enjoy all the good things life has to offer.
 

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Proud of you for making a decision that has eluded many adults.:applause:
 

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Good for you Dylan...I know some folks in their 60's who haven't figured that out yet!

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congrats on givin up just stay busy and remember if ya need to talk to anyone im sure anyone on here will take time outta their day to talk

proud of ya:clapper:
 

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Good for you Dylan. You are just going through the same thing that students everywhere experience. Drink, drink and more drink. I'm glad you had the cop on to stop now.
 

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Good man Dylan. The demon brew is bad news when you go binging. Then you have to remember you are a black belt at karate and also do boxing. If you seriously hurt someone in a fight you might get into trouble. My older brother Tom was like that. A great boxer and not afeared to stand up to anyone. I never had any problems from bullies, they all knew Tom would get them if they even said boo to me.
At your age he could stand up to grown men and beat the daylights out of them. Full of drink he was invincible, got me involved in a few fights at weekends. Tom had a busted nose, cracked knuckles and other injuries almost permanently. Got a fractured skull when someone hit him with a hammer.
I think he would have ended up dead. What saved him was a new girlfriend, she threatened to leave him if he kept getting into fights.

Well done for seeing the light early on.
 

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I'm proud of you Dylan, the mind's thoughts seem to drift away from reality after a swallow two.

My dad was a lot of fun, until he got about six ounces of brew past his throat. Then his personality changed and for the worse. I would just disappear and go somewhere else.

Again, good for you laddie. I will buy you a Pepsi or a Coke when we see you next.
 

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My son is 23 now but over the last 5 years he was one of those heavy partiers. But 2 of his friends are dead one to overdose and one for picking a fight with someone who had a gun. Others have ended up in jail for causing serious dammage to innocent people who just happened to be in their way when they got drunk. His decision last year was it just isn't worth it in fact some of his old friends, he says he just avoids because they don't get it yet and they will try to get you involved when their drunk. He says so far he hasn't regretted a single moment. He still drinks he says but now he does it in moderation and he says heactually thinks he is having more fun. He also says he now gets invited to more parties and outingsand is meeting a completely different class of people. I'm actually really proud of him....
 

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Good show Dylan, you seen reality in time to avoid potential disaster. Alan is right, a girlfriend will help you stay out of trouble. You need one of those. ;)
 

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By the way I think it's what is called growing up when you finally realize it just isn't worth it. Sounds to me like you have taken one of those large steps to being a grownup. The thing is some of your friends will never take that step but don't worry about them. Worry about DYLAN first then your friends. What I really want to say here Dylan is we are all proud of you.....
 

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That is really good news.

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I went through a short phase when I was in school. But I didn't handle it well and I got in trouble once with the police.

Thenwhen I wasin college Ihad another short phase.

Fortunately I figured out that I didn't do wellwhen I was drunk.

There is some alcohol issues in my family and it has created someproblems between relatives.

It's a good decision you have made.
 

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VERY impressive, Dylan. My hat's off to you. I look forward to meeting you in July and shaking your hand (now that your knuckles are healed up). Nothing wrong with soical drinking, but when it leads you to stupid stuff, better to leave it alone. I'm sure pop is proud too!
 

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We are so very proud of you Dylan. I wish more young adults such as yourself had the brains and foresight to see what that path of destruction can and will do.

Well done my friend..Well Done!
 

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Good show Dylan! all the above Plus more money in your pocket. I never gained anything from drinking but I sure lost a lot. Not just just money. Happy homes,wives,cars,jobs etc.:applause::bow:
 

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I tell you what...you come back here and report sobriety in a couple of monthsand then I'll give you a pat on the back.

Until then, good luck and best fortune for your future. It isn't going to be easy. Booze can be the ruination of the best intended of people.

Regards young man,

Hobie:waving:
 

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Way to go, if you want to drink that is your business but if you don't want to drink, then it can be mine!

Gratefully sober with the help of God and the miracle of Alcoholics Anonymous since 6/24/2001, write me anytime and we will find a way to talk if you would like.

That goes for anyone, just keep on keeping on and please talk to me before you drink again if your not so sure it is the best thing for you to do.
 

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Dylan...

I drank heavy for many years. One day in -94, I walked away from it.

I look back and see that I NEVER came away from a drink with a NET positive, always negative.

By this I mean that I may have had fun, or dulled whatever I wanted to dull while I was drinking. But, the negatives (lost money, sick, lost respect, etc) always outweigh the positives for me.

Perhaps its the same for you, too...
Yer a good lad. I waited till I was 35 to realize it.
 
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