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I am afraid that I may have alcoholic tendencies even though I don't drink. I think of Coca Cola as my alcohol........
 
* I can't stop drinking it.
*I drink can after can or glass after glass.
     *all the time
     *especially when I am mad
* I killed two bottles of 2-liter bottles in two days.
* I use it to drown emotions (drink nonstop until i no longer feel the current emotion - mad, sad, etc)
*I feel as if I don't know how to stop drinking it.
*I'm scared that if I end up quit drinking it I will just replace it with something else (a different drink) instead.

Ever feel this way? Am I right - do I have alcoholic tendencies?

ESH needed please.

Lanchascryblankstareashamed



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Hi Lanchas, long time no hear! For as long as I can remember, I've kept a can of pepsi or seven-up in my hand. I carry a few cans in my back back lest I get stuck somewhere. I take unmerciful ribbing for my need for carbonation. I figure, it just is. I'd think it was a replacement for alcohol, except I did this before I ever drank. I believe it's the addiction to the caffiene partially, and maybe because my blood sugar goes up and down oddly, which causes thirst. When my calcium is whacked, I drink even more because it tends to dehydrate me. I know yu worry because of your family history. Play it safe, and just dont pick up any alcohol, would be my suggestion.
You may get a mild headache due to the caffiene withdrawal, but you could switch over to carbonate water. Something that does help me--I drink a huge glass of water a few times a day, and it helps with the thirst issue (that I didnt realize was even an issue until giving it thought) and then I found that I drank less soda--sipped it rather than gulping it. I also make sure I drink two big glasses of oj a day. That helps quite a bit. Relax, but remember that soda isnt the best form of nutrition, LOL. Kinda hard on the stomach and kidneys. So I just dilute it with water and juice interspersed during the day. Hope this helps. Chris

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so if/when i quit drinking soda i should switch to drink water a lot? what about "I feel as if I don't know how to stop drinking it. I'm scared that if I end up quit drinking it I will just replace it with something else (a different drink) instead."


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I do understand your fear, because of what you have shared with us about your family history. No, I dont mean "quit drinking pop". I'm just saying that every once in awhile, grab a bottle of tea or juice or water to help dilute the amount of carbonation you drink. I believe that alot of my pepsi consumption is due to needing something in my hand to sip on. It has become habit for me. On the rare occassions that I've not remembered to have liquid handy, I have not craved alcohol. But, I am aware of my alcoholism. I know that you have voiced fears that you may have inherited those tendencies. For that, I have no answer. If you decide to substitute something else for coke? I can only suggest that you make wise choices. I know many of us are very heavy coffee drinkers. Perhaps it is a substitute, I dont know. Do I want to risk it? Nope. But I'm not you, and only you know if alcohol is an issue with you. Does this make sense? I will probably go to my grave with a damned pepsi in my hand, and I'm okay with that. Pepsi never got me put in jail, pepsi never made me verbally abusive. If I get ulcers from it? Well, guess I'll just increase my water uptake. Try not to borrow trouble, L, you can analyze the dickens out of your actions but bottom line is, it isnt hurting anyone for you to drink copious amounts of soda, so dont consume youself with worry about something that hasnt even presented itself yet, k? If you're that worried, just find an alternative......drink three cokes, and on the fourth one, drink a glass of juice. Caffiene addiction may keep you a bit hyper, it does me, but I dont worry about it.....Chris

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um....hmmmm..

Well.....

Just sharing experience strength and hope here..:)

Some people are obsessive and addicted to anything that comes along...

I can be...:)

Ive been with others that have all the characteristics of an alcoholic...but dont drink...

Youre obsessed and addicted to Coco Cola???

Drink er up buddy....

Theres worse things to be addicted to....

Add a few bags of Barbyqued Chips....

Itll cut down the acid...

In other words....

Be Happy...Dont worry...and pass me another bottle of coca-cola..:)

Lets Party!!




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I drink Mt. Dew. It is my "coffee". When the "jitters" come, I simply cut back. I, too, get
teased at the amount. (I should be a shareholder in the company by now. LOL) I don't
let it bother me, however. Compared to alcohol.....it is a blessing.

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Mountain Dew?  Wanda?

Jee sus gal!!

Thats like comparing "American beer" to Canadian beer" hahaha

At least "Coke" has a "Kick" to it!!   :)

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Hey lanchas,

I don't know you or how long you have been around or if your working the steps or have a sponsor. What about doing a step one around cola, if you feel it is making your life unmanageable?

My ESH in my first year of recovery i was riddled with mini addictions obsession and ritual but it all passed without consequence.

Just for today i will do something if i thought i had to do forever would appaul me :)

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It is said that humans are 'creatures of habit'. When we do something we establish a brain pathway for it,, and the more we do it the stronger that pathway gets until we end up in a rut,,,  called addiction.  If we like something, for whatever reason,  we always want 'more!',  like little kids, and we don't like to moderate,,, about anything...  we don't want to hear  'enough'.    So it is with alcohol, caffeine,  sex,,,  food,,,  whatever.  So we all  have tendencies to get into bad habits,  but because we have a tendency does not doom us to a hopeless fate.  AA  is filled with alcoholics that are finding that we now have a choice. So are all the other  12 Step programs.  I agree you can work the 12 STeps  about your caffeinated soda addiction, as well as  about overcoming  being a child of alcoholics. 

love in recovery,

amanda


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