dear Rhes, I feel guilty that poor Kaz has been the strength behind this post, because her experience has been tenfold plus her continuous support to all of you has been surmountable.
Well first of all Sinking Mama well done and I hope that you have lasted another few days, but remember if you broke those 3 days were very important as it sets a base for you to work on once again, and if your way to try and stop means going to bed at 7.30, then who cares, it's all these different little tricks that you use to stop drinking then use them, they will eventually change when you become more confident.
When I abstained, and this was many times, (and I have to tell you that I drink only socially now),but the time when I was due to begin I would make sure that I had a large glass of fizzy lemonade and also have something to eat, because on a full stomach the desire isn't so great, and I kept drinking this fizzy drink, in fact I would scull the whole glass.
Rhes, when your family keeps on telling you to stop drinking alcohol, then that's not what you want hear, remember the sign on a park bench 'wet paint don't touch', well we all touch the paint, so it's this demanding comment from your family which can cause you to drink, that's not how they should be supporting you, so in other words, a demand makes you want to drink, while there are other ways of being there for you and supporting you in the way you want them to is much better.
Don't be too hard on yourself if you break and start again, because if you abstain for 3 days and then start once more that doesn't mean it can't be done any more, especially if something happens that upsets you, that's when you need to put all your support network into action, because alcohol won't be able to solve any issue, it just prolongs your treatment and recovery. Geoff. x