Getting through wine o’clock

Late afternoon is often the hardest time to avoid drinking. This Sober Toolbox is a space for sharing tips on how to beat cravings, and for discovering new techniques that have worked for others. If you're looking for more discussion, interactions and feedback, head inside our Members Feed. That's where the real-time conversations take place.

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  1. Heather 2 years ago

    Allen Carr’s online programme was a game changer for my husband and I – it moved us from thinking we had to use willpower to not drink to understanding the addictive trap that alcohol lulls us all into.

  2. Mr.Collins 2 years ago

    I am day 2 i have brought some atkins protein bars and when i get to wine oclock my intention is to have a protein bar and a cuppa i dont feel like drinking if i have something inmy stomach and then having dinner earlish i am picking will also help

    • Aroha76 2 years ago

      Well done. Im day 6. I invesyed in a Soda Stream and have a few of those in the afternoons now.

  3. StyleyLady 2 years ago

    I hear you all re wine oclock did it for 30 plus years and the ritual and social mores of so called sophisticated pre dinner drinks that all too often turn ugly as the evening progresses. My partner of 10 years and I may have a hot drink while cooking or with dinner itself, or maybe a soda stream sparkley water with a slice of lemon and a sprig of mint. He’s never been a drinker so as a couple we don’t have that 5pm or 11ses ritual in our life. TG!!😙

  4. Mara 2 years ago

    Hi everyone! I’m new here and only 37 days into sobriety so I’m no expert. Still, what helps me around this time is a big fat wine glass with seltzer water and grapefruit juice! It’s a bit bitter so I have to sip and it’s my nightly treat. Anyway, it has been working for me. A virgin Bloody Mary, extra spicy is a treat now and then also!

  5. TinaOct2020 2 years ago

    Happy Hour usually starts at our house at 5pm. My husband drinks (normally) so it is extra hard for me to keep myself in check. I have made it past five days — finally — just this last week even though I joined in October. Anyway, what is helping me is to think that I just have to get through the 5 hours. 5-10 pm. Just five hours to have the willpower to not drink and wake up without a hangover and the dreaded 3am self loathing. Its working so far.

    • Windy 2 years ago

      Wow, I never thought of it like that. I only have 4 hours to make it through 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. workdays and weekends yeah probably more like 6 hours. I like thinking this way. What a short window to ‘get through’ but today is my Day 1…so here it begins. Thank you for sharing.

      • tarasstruggle 2 years ago

        Only my day 2 and it’s so hard from 4 to 8pm for me. I hope I can keep going. Good luck to you. Stay strong. One hour at a time

    • Kat 2 years ago

      Thanks – breaking it down like that – just a 5 hour slot is super helpful

  6. wuzabetty 2 years ago

    I am reluctantly recovering from a long relationship with anorexia. Using wine to make eating with family has become a constant. It’s also making me gain more than I am comfortable with.
    I don get hangovers so sadly 1-2 bottles don’t faze me.
    I’m trying to find balance but unsure how to get there. Any ideas? I have cut back by still once I start it is had to stop.

    • valp anderson 2 years ago

      You have the same problems as me. I am an anorexic as well and spent on month in hospital because my weight was too low. I am also an alcoholic and strangely alcohol makes my hunger go away. Have given up alcoholic for three days now and am determined to keep it up. It is causing too many problems

      • macsma 2 years ago

        bravo! It must be so challenging to be tackling both!

    • kflem21 2 years ago

      I hear you—similar, and different, situation. <3

    • notreallyliving 2 years ago

      Hi! I am brand new here (first day), but I just noticed you posted this two weeks ago and did not receive any replies. I hope maybe you posted to another board with more interaction and were able to get the advice you are looking for — this board says “If you’re looking for more discussion, interactions and feedback, head inside our Members Feed. That’s where the real-time conversations take place.”… Best to you. xx

  7. Fluffypony 2 years ago

    So as far as getting wine o’clock? I found I was in the habit of buying wine daily before 12 noon. Then a glass with lunch, a glass after a walk and soon the bottle was empty. I am going through the process of trying to get past that time slot- and sometimes (not every day) I can boast to myself that I’ve achieved that. I just try and keep busy- I live alone but have a very understanding dog- so the garden, chatting to family on messenger anything to try and take my mind off it. Right now I’d love a wine really. Almost time for The Chase lol

    • T 2 years ago

      Living alone can’t be easy… I share a house with 1 non drinker and I drink… always have… don’t know why I was always healthy and fit.

  8. moovnon 2 years ago

    Hi Anonymous. Pushing the fast forward button is just something I read about somewhere on this site (sorry but I have read so much in the 10 days since I joined that I can’t remember exactly where!!). When I feel the urge to drink I imagine scrolling through what will happen and how it will all end if I take that first drink. I rarely stop at just one so this is a big help to me, hope it helps you too.

    • Tailorkit 2 years ago

      Very good tip! To visualize the whole train wreck in advance before impulsively pouring a drink is a great idea because it always ends the same way! I can never stop at one. It always ends with regret.

  9. lynn2121 2 years ago

    I started using chromometer. It is a nutrition app that counts the nutrients you take in. I figured it was something else to focus on instead of putting toxins in my body. On day 3. My mind feels ok. But my stomach and upper abs are another story. Feel like my body has been through the ringer. This is my second time really quitting. I gave it up for years and then caved under the stress of dealing with son’s mental issues. Take two. I am under no illusion that I will ever just be social drinker. It didn’t take long to go back to being a daily wine drinker. And took a long time to want to stop again.

    • moovnon 2 years ago

      Thanks for writing this Lynn. Your comment about no illusions re ever being a social drinker rings so true for me. The amount of similar comments I have read here makes me realise how common it is. I think I always knew the truth but kept denying it. Got a bit stressed this arvo and normally would have opened the door to the wine wolf but remembered to Push the fast forward button and it really helped. Had milo instead yah Feeling empowered! Good luck

      • Anonymous 2 years ago

        What do you mean by Push the Fast Forward Button?

  10. Milliet 2 years ago

    Go for a walk, phone a friend who knows of your struggle or ask them to phone u to see how you are doing, have an appealing alternative on tap. These all worked for me.

  11. JR 2 years ago

    Sometimes I just splurge on Nextflix for those wine witching hour and don’t feel any regret as it is way better than drinking wine and feeling a whole different level of regret!

  12. KDMJ2020 2 years ago

    First time on here. Just read her book, thats how I found out about this website. Today is hopefully my first day sober. Its not over yet…
    I was sober a few years ago for 3 months. Started drinking again…then got pregnant with our daughter..did not drink during pregnancy but as soon as I could once I had her I started drinking again. She just turned 2. I have not worked since March and being home all day is making it even harder to be sober. I have always worked. Hopefully this helps me to change.

  13. judym23 2 years ago

    Having to start thinking about Xmas Day menu/drinks list and the socialising that comes with that time of year in general. I have decided I will not be providing alcohol this year, just AF wines and beer. I’m confident my guests won’t have a problem with that and some bring their own wine anyway.
    I see from various NZ websites that there are three winemakers providing alcohol removed wines now – Edenvale, Lindaur and Jacobs Creek – over a range of wine types.
    Has anyone tried/can recommend any of these?

    • Feisty52 2 years ago

      Edenvale Rose is good.

  14. SarahD 2 years ago

    Hello everyone. I am new go this site. I am fed up and tired with how alcohol is controlling my life. I know I can manage to not drink for a few days but I worry about the days ahead. The weekend especially. I was the queen of Wine o’clock. I would make the dinner with ‘a glass’ but end up drinking a whole bottle.

  15. relaxdarling 2 years ago

    Now that I lost my job in March I home at 4:00 so the craving begin. Learning to take walks & doing my art work then but it’s still have a hard time.

  16. charlotte 2 years ago

    I have about 8 1/2 months sober, mostly thanks to Mrs. D and this website! I was a nearly-daily wine drinker and definitely struggled with the wine-o-clock. After coming to the HUGE realization that I had been addicted to the buzz for most of my adult life, I had to train myself not to pour a big glass of wine or three at happy hour. I recommend reading blogs like this and listening to podcasts and stories of recovery, like Recovery Elevator and The Bubble Hour. It’s odd, but on difficult days I find myself in the kitchen with headphones on listening to these podcasts to get through wine-o-clock. I also go on walks with my son or husband after dinner, which would have been much less likely when I was drinking. Lately I installed a Sonos speaker in our kitchen and turn on Cherie FM (French radio) and rock out while cooking. This has been my most ‘happy’ addition to happy hour in months!! The mocktails and other AF drinks that were necessary in early days are losing their appeal. Some days I just don’t think about it at all, which is just awesome. Keep going, you can do it!!

    • boomersandie 1 year ago

      I’ve just joined and read your entry of 10 months ago. Just wondering how you are getting on and if you are still a non drinker, Im sure you are:)
      love that idea of the FM french radio station. Music seems to help.

  17. Sagebrush 2 years ago

    I feel like a different person shows up around this time of day. Like a dressed up child who has all sorts of ideas of why it’s a great idea to have a pina colada, or a glass of wine, or a beer. I wake up completely convinced that it’s not going to happen because I feel SO SURE that I am DONE. Then boom. . . 4:30 pm or 5pm she shows up with all kinds of ‘suggestions.’ They don’t make any sense because I know I’ll feel horrible. It’s SO WILD! I am trying to be curious about it- not to scold myself or give in. I know that if I say YES to a clear head and no poison today it makes it easier to say YES to a clear head and no poison tomorrow. Reaching out, journaling, and reading sober stories is helping calm the voice but she is still there.

    What are some mental tricks you use to get through this?

    • lynn2121 2 years ago

      I’ve been watching documentaries on addiction at the dinner wine oclock hour and that seems to be helping me see the ugly truth of being drunk. I don’t know when that will get old but for now it is good.

    • SAF2 2 years ago

      I have exactly the same problem. I really need some help, strategies to get past this time of the day too. I know that if i get to bed without havng a drink i feel sooooo much better about myself. But the little demons insod eme cave nearly every day !

  18. springer 2 years ago

    Wine o clock day 2 with 1 af wine. Felt good to be alert all evening. Stayed awake through the entire football game and a Netflix episode !
    A good sleep last night. I have not been connected with anyone before when I have gone af , so hoping this will keep me on course. Reading tons of alcohol quit lit. Seems like I know the plan, just need some reinforcement and accountability?

  19. springer 2 years ago

    Day 1 and done. Had af wine at happy hour tonight. Love having a clear head , although a bit of a headache tonight. So happy our store is stocking my af wine now. Feeling positive.

  20. christina123 2 years ago

    I’ve not had a wine since Sunday. My biggest challenge is my husband arrived home and wants a spa and a beer for a wind down from work so I tend to drink wine with him. I’m replacing it with fruit tea soda which mostly helps but the craving is still there.

  21. Ani123 2 years ago

    Really want to stop drinking I have a number of health issues and probably most are from drinking. Went from wine to gin and I know I drink a lot more than my family think although I’m pretty sure they have a good idea! Yesterday I didn’t have a drink first time in for ever. I’m getting into debt as well so things really need to change hoping being connected to others going through the same will help good luck to us all 😊

  22. Togo 2 years ago

    Very stressful day. Bought alcohol but didn’t drink it. So happy about the decision. I honestly need a change in many areas of my life. Being sober I rid my self of a friend, who is so very nice, but after a few months all he wanted me to be was his phone-a-friend. Always came to my house, but I could never go down to his. Everything became clear very quickly. Now if I was drinking, I would have put up with this behavior. I told him in no uncertain terms how I felt. The end is the same.. but I am glad I am clear to make decisions that would normally linger. Thanks for listening..

  23. liaron 2 years ago

    I’m getting angry about having to give up. My child mind says it’s not fair, and I should be able to keep drinking. My adult mind is remembering what it was like to be sober long ago, and enjoying the new clarity.

  24. Kasbar 2 years ago

    Really wanting to get off the habit wheel of wine every night but struggling to get there. Can manage a couple of days but then fall back into the trap. Hoping the positive stories and tips here are going to help.

  25. liaron 2 years ago

    Hi all, new here, no wine for three days. It’s good to hear how common the struggle at wine o’clock is. It hits me really hard. I love the tips and support.

  26. Ddee 2 years ago

    First time in reading the living sober toolbox. Great knowing I’m not alone. Just want to stop the wine every night. Its destroying me. Hearing others feelings is a great comfort

  27. JuicyLucyisgoingsober 2 years ago

    I have a list of stuff in my sober toolbox. If I’ve got a craving for a glass of wine I will tell myself to do three things from my sober toolbox and then I can have whatever I want.

    The craving soon passes, usually before I’ve moved on to the next item from my toolbox

    A favourite thing from the toolbox is to do a ten minute mindfulness exercise on resetting myself. I can do this with an app or just by sitting somewhere and breathing slowly and deeply. In through the mouth for the count of 5, hold for 2 (should be 3 but I don’t like the holding bit) out through the mouth for 5. Set a timer.

    Alcohol free beer is also a go to, ice cold with an ice cold pre chilled glass.

    Exercise for 20 minutes would also stop a craving. There’s 3. I’ll do another push tomorrow when I’m at my pc as my sober toolbox lust is big.

  28. DoneWining 2 years ago

    I’d love to hear how other mums of very young kids beat late afternoon/evening cravings. I’m sure it’s been well covered. There’s definitely no time for yoga, a walk, meditation, a bubble bath, self care etc etc. It’s non-stop noise and demands until 8.30pm in my house. What do other mums do to stay calm and keep energy levels up during this tricky part of the day?

    • Lauren409 2 years ago

      Yes I’m going to need help with this part too! I’m a mom of a 3 yr old and a 7 month old and evenings are my triggers! I love my babies more than anything but after a long day, momma wants her bottle of wine! I have yet to face this without wine. Today will be my first time. I’m 3 days sober but I’ve been working. Ok, wish me luck! And good luck to you as well. Let me know what helps for you!

    • Akira 2 years ago

      I’m a dad, but I typically do the post school thing: demands and breaking up of fights etc, as my wife works late. I’m always so adamant I’m not going to drink, but even if I’m not off to a night shift at the bar, I’ll get wine. Today is my first day of trying to get sober. I just hope my wife doesn’t bring wine home. If so what I find helps is to eat. If I eat before I’ve had a glass, then I find it easier to leave it.

    • fantail79 2 years ago

      I’ve got 4 kids and my drinking has dramatically increased since I became a parent. I find the 5 – 8pm part really really tough. and its near impossible to do anything but make tea, prepare for next day, clean up dishes, get kids ready bed, homework, baths, stories…its crazy – yoga and brisk walks just aren’t an option for me. I used to sneak out for a little cigarette (the only time of day I smoked) – but 6 months ago I quit this too hooray. I feel if I can quit smoking which was extremely difficult for me – I can ditch drinking too. I reckon if Im more organised for this time of day – I’ll cope better. Such as using slow cooker. Then look forward to zonking out on my bed with a good book, and do it all again the next day!

    • Trying2changemyreaction 2 years ago

      I’m curious what other people do too! I have two under the age of three and a beer always seemed to help me get through the witching hour, or so I thought. But then it made me want to have a beer earlier in the day when they were acting up and I couldn’t stop thinking about it as an option to help myself deal with The constant demands. I am trying to make space and time for myself when things get hectic, they do not like it. I know it is good for them to learn this lesson Of patience too. I’ve also tried changing the day so that we are outside or doing something away from the house at that hour and come home right before bed. I know this will be harder when it gets colder out. Please let me know how you are handling it. This is the first time I have reached out for support in my three week sobriety. The free to write anytime maybe we can help each other out 🙂

  29. Jay 2 years ago

    I made it 16 days without wine but today I felt very lonely. I tried to go out to dinner but all the places I went were full and with the virus I just didn’t want to risk going inside. I drove around for over an hour and then I decided I would just eat the really good food I already had prepared at home…and wine. I needed a friend and tried to find one but there was no one. So here I am, divorced 2 years and all alone with a friendly bottle of wine but I did make it 16 days without and tomorrow I will once again abstain. And try to find more friends 😉

  30. cutlerychoices 3 years ago

    Not a heavy drinker but I could be one day if I continue on this trajectory.
    I recently started thinking about how people become alcoholics. It’s not like it happens over night. It happens over a long period of time and more often choosing the unhealthy pathway. One day you realise that as you travel your path you are carrying a backpack full of wine. I’m choosing to unpack that backpack before it gets too heavy to carry. As wine o’clock arrives each day so does a new fork in my path. I’m choosing to take the longer path, with a lighter load. It’s not easy but maybe the 5pm pathway will not always be uphill, maybe one day it won’t even register as a fork.

    • Esmeralda 2 years ago

      I’ve always had insomnia even since I was a kid. but I was a competitive athlete and the more I exercise the better my sleep was. I found that when I drank wine I slept like the dead and slept through the whole night. It was actually great. But after a couple nights of drinking the nights I don’t drink my insomnia is horrific I’m up all night I stopped drinking a couple days ago and the first night I didn’t drink I didn’t sleep all night. second night I took a half a Advil PM which helped me but I didn’t like the way I felt in the morning. I think the nights you can’t sleep after drinking is just part of the withdrawal. for me it seems like it takes three or four days and then it goes away so I just tough to suffer through it. I think once I get through that part I’ll sleep better once I’ve detox from the alcohol.

    • fifimordy 2 years ago

      Hi there! I so relate to this and reading ‘The Wine O Clock Myth’ has completely changed my feeing that something was wrong with me that I couldn’t moderate. You could not be making a better decision for yourself, and I can’t wait to keep exploring this site and to try new alcohol free drink recipes. (The only one I attempted so far turned out like liquid marmalade!)

      • FabFitFun 2 years ago

        Hi. I’ve literally just joined today and perusing the site. I truly can’t believe how much I identify with what you’re saying. I feel the nights I wake up and can’t sleep are worse or more likely after drinking. Although, I often don’t sleep regardless of alcohol which was part of my rationalization. Ultimately, I figure I’m on a bad path, I’ve had regrets and why continue? Why have to have a personal low, a true rock bottom? This has been on my mind a lot and so I say ‘no more drinks’. It’s liberating but awkward. But, I’m determined it’ll be best for me and for my family to be the best version of me I can possibly be!

  31. Anonymous 3 years ago

    I’m not very good with words, and I don’t like sharing my feelings on social media but here goes,I don’t know what else to do? I am not in an healthy way with my drinking and I don’t know how to deal with it. I’ve had an issue With drinking for a long time, started off binge drinking on a Saturday night From the age of 18, to drinking on a daily basis when I broke up with my fiancé and moved in with an old friend/flatmate who had a breakdown and became an alcoholic. I started drinking nightly because I was unhappy and wanted to block everything bad happening out of my life. Not a healthy move to do. Now I drink a low percentage of bubbly wine about 5-6 days in my room alone, I hide it away from my mum because I am embarrassed. I live with my mum at the moment as I parted ways with the ex. I have just started taking Naltrexone & a diet pill to help with strong food cravings. I just want to get over the cravings for alcohol and stop drinking alcohol. I just drunk a bottle of wine and two glasses of red, I felt like I couldn’t stop.

    • SoberNJ 3 years ago

      I hope the new medication you started is as helpful to you as it is for me (it sounds like the same medication). Once I started taking the full dose I got to the point where I could take or leave alcohol. I wish you well.

  32. Maynard 3 years ago

    Hey there….I stopped drinking 14 days ago because I was on medication for diverticulitis which you can’t drink. I will say, that it is really one day at a time. I had the urge to drink after a tough day at work, but knew I just couldn’t or I would be seriously ill. I broke up with a horrible narcissist after 6 months 3 days ago. I would have killed for a drink…something inside of me, said no. I am counting down the days when I can restart to have “just one” because I deserve it…? I would be just so wonderful if I could by pass that urge to “reward myself” with no drinking with a ….drink? WHAT??? crazy. Its 4 in the morning now, and I fell asleep at about 8 pm last night. I found this site by accident online, and thank GOD I did! I really wanna maintain this sobriety…it is funny…the self respect I have for myself is astounding….I drink and chat on the phone because it was fun to relax and unwind…I am scared for my health now, and REALLY shouldn’t drink…….just one day at a time…I remember when I was a teen and all the other kids drank and I didn’t…I swam and sailed and was outside…I felt free and real….and did not want to drink as my parents drank…I saw the dark side of it….I just hope that I can get back to that beautiful strong little girl who believed in herself….5-7 is the worst. I will try the coke, lime, and ice trick….YAY….

  33. DebCali 3 years ago

    I am 4 days sober and am (or was a heavy drinker). I could knock back 2 bottles of Chardonnay a day every day, no problem. I’m a little woman but I could knock back a bottle like it was water. For 20 years I drank. Many times I went cold turkey for a few days. What scared me sober was my annual check up. My labs showed slightly elevated liver enzymes. She was not concerned but she recommended a liver ultrasound to rule out a fatty liver. I told my doctor, give me 30 days and I will be back for a follow up labs. It isn’t easy and wine 0’clock is the worst. Believe me I drank from 11 am to 8 pm. Then I passed out in bed only to do the same thing the next day. PLAN, Plan and plan for tomorrow. Write down a list of what you are going to do and say the mantra in your mind, I WILL NOT DRINK ALCOHOL FOR TODAY. Say it every morning. It ain’t easy. I walk my dogs for an hour at wine o’clock and it eases up the cravings. I do find 4 days sober, I have much more clarity in my mind. No brain fog. Put on your list also of planning to get at a chore you have been putting off in your home for the day. I am alone with my dogs, but I’m not lonely. I also find during the day when I get cravings, I go into forums on the net for cirrhosis and fatty liver. I read of what people are going through living with cirrhosis from years of drinking. Scares the daylights out of me. Jaundice, ascites, having fluids pumped out of your body as your liver can no longer do it, swelling, etc all because their livers are failing or are in danger. The liver is a miraculous organ and can heal itself. I also found this great forum that I am in now (Living Sober, hee hee) that gives me strength to go another day without drinking. I am an alcoholic and always will be, but I am an alcoholic in recovery for 4 days now and I plan to be an alcoholic in recovery until I leave this earth. I do not plan on relapsing. Thanks for listening 🙂

    • richardsburke 2 years ago

      Wow good for you !!! You are strong !! I have a really hard time every day during witching hour …. 4-7 pm…. I can go 4 days and then break down….
      I can’t seem to replace that initial relaxing feeling ( that doesn’t last anyway )….. I will keep going I guess…. and hope I get stronger or gain more will
      Power after day 4’s.

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      Thank you

    • kevin29 3 years ago

      Great post DebCali. I can relate 100%. Scary what years of drinking can do. Keep on working. It works if you work it.

      • shethoma 2 years ago

        Great post. Your words hit home with me. Keep up the great work for yourself.

  34. Tassie 3 years ago

    Early evening is surely tough. I’m 13 days into being alcohol free. I didn’t realise how strong my drinking habit had become. Following a 3 month lay off for health reasons, I started drinkng again – 5 or 6 or so a night sometimes more. I really enjoyed feeling well when I wasn’t drinking. I slept better and didn’t have that awful brain fog in the morning. My memory improved a bit and the guilt and talks of ‘never going to drink THAT much again’, disappeared. Yesterday afternoon after a competitive sport event that day (that I lost unfortunately), I thought I might just be able to have one, maybe two drinks at the most with the other competitors. I had a coke thank goodness. On the way home all I could think about was relaxing with a beer or wine or 2 (or 6 because I know I won’t stop at 2). Instead I had a hot shower, then chocked a tall glass with ice, squeezed half a lime into it and poured in the coke. I sipped, breathed deeply and sat in my chair and it felt just as good as that first few swallows of alcohol. I know it’s partly about the ritual because I’m an ex smoker too so I’m trying to focus on the ritual side of things. I can highly recommend coke, lime and ice for wine o’clock. With lots of ice. One can does 2 drinks (sugar conscious now dammit!). Good luck everybody. It’s tough.

    • kevin29 3 years ago

      Great post Tassie. The coke, lime and ice sounds great. Will definitely try that.

    • kevin29 3 years ago

      Great post DebCali. I can relate 100%. Scary what years of drinking can do. Keep on working. It works if you work it.

      • DebCali 3 years ago

        Thank you, I am going to try Tassie’s drink too!

  35. soberup 3 years ago

    Wine O’clock really sucks big time for me.

  36. Mim123 3 years ago

    This is Day 1 for me (many times over. I’m 64 and thought when I retired I would stop drinking because I always blamed work for my stress. Two years in and I’m up to a bottle and a half a night😰 I’m fed up with this merry go round and desperately want to look after myself. Tonight in my fridge I have alcohol free wine, alcohol free gin, tonic, soda water and kombucha… I’m going to try really hard not to reach for the wine.

    • Paqal 3 years ago

      Hi Mim123, your situation sounds very similar to mine! At what point do we get soo sick of the merry go round that we finally say, to hell with it, I don’t need this in my life any more!
      I feel that moment is upon us now. That is why we are sharing these thoughts and feelings. We can kick this nasty habit once and for all. Plenty of others just like us have kicked it. Why should we be the only ones left wrecking our lives choosing every day to go back to the bottle.
      Yesterday for me was day one, AGAIN…. but I do feel a new resolve.
      Someone else said the first 10 days are the hardest and after 10 days the alcohol is finally out of your system, so my goal right now is 10 days. After that I’m not going to worry about the future, just one foot after the other.
      So how about it? Ten days. With me?

      • springer 2 years ago

        I really can relate to your post. I am in for 10 days! I have tried af free wine before and it really helped me get past the first two weeks af. I will be going out today to buy a bottle for tonight. I am hopeful staying connected on this site will seal the deal for me. I feel so much better when I am not drinking .

    • 51livingwell 3 years ago

      Oh gosh your situation sounds just like mine. So sick of the roundabout of saying I’m quitting then drinking again. Also have a bottle on non alcohol wine in the fridge.

  37. Anonymous 3 years ago

    Hi All, this group is amazing. It reminds me that I am not alone and that soon I will join the ranks of the millions who are not enslaved by alcohol. I am a currently a one bottle a day drinker (on a good day). This can increase depending on the availability of booze in the house. Due to COVID there was an alcohol ban in my country, which made securing wine by any means or cost possible more valuable to me than any other activity during the period. As soon as I had some, even if it was a single bottle (which might not be replaced for weeks) I had to drink it all at one go. Of course if I could not get my hands on red wine, I would drink anything that’s available.

    During the lockdown I diligently exercised every single day with very little progress, because I refused to give up alcohol which is the primary reason for my excess weight. Once the ban was lifted I stockpiled on red wine, and hence the one bottle a day situation.

    I am tired of the person I am due to drinking. I stopped a while back for over a year. I can’t recall how I felt, neither can I tell you if I was happy. I was not in the mental space to be sober. I think I am now, I am happier than I have ever been and yet the physical urge to drink when wine ‘o clock comes around overrides my mental will not to.

  38. Good life 3 years ago

    Hi, there are great falvoured tonics around now (eg cucumber, grapefruit). I often have one, with a dash of bitters, and the chink of ice after a tricky day. I also have a box of them in the house to offer friends, or to take out with me when going to others’ for dinner or drinks. Having something that is sort of funky and contemporary is the way I make it attractive, so it is special, like a treat, and not inadequate or out of kilter with others.
    I guess I’m stll subject to marketing with me buying the tonics, but it doesn’t feel so bad as all the alcohol marketing manipulation.
    (I still do drink wine, but just a sip of communion wine on Sunday mornings at an Anglican church, all very low key.)
    Kia kaha to all you good people with bigger challenges than me.

  39. LovelyGram 3 years ago

    Hello everyone I’m in my mid-70s and this is my first day not drinking. Oh I’ve had other first days without wine even several days. But I’m alone and I’m isolated here in my apartment and I drink for comfort. And I wake up at three in the morning I can’t go back to sleep. I know I’m not alone, that you are all with me, and I appreciate that. My children believe that I don’t drink anymore. But it’s worse, it’s the very worst when I am alone. And that’s why it’s so bad now. I drink more than one bottle and sometimes I start in the morning. It’s seriously affecting my health and I must stop, I want to stop, and I am stopping. Thank you for all being here with me

    • Sobersides 3 years ago

      Dear LovelyGram
      I am just like you, same age, same living alone in an apartment and drinking not only because it fills in time but also ,darn it, because I like it! And one bottle was never enough. If there was another available then it would follow the first right down the little red tunnel! If you have grandkids you will recognise that saying. I am not supposed to drink either having had bowel cancel and the sulphates in the wine have disastrous effects I can tell you. Also wake up at 3am with a horribly dry mouth but after 3 days it seems a little better. We have to keep on keeping on I guess and not give in but it is so hard. With you all the way.

      • LovelyGram 3 years ago

        Sobersides, that three am thirst was so bad! Thank you for the information about the sulfiates in wine. I didn’t know that part, but I know the white is so bad for my whole digestive system. And I don’t have the thirst anymore when I wake up and I do wake up but I get to go back to sleep without too much trouble. I’m glad for that. I’m glad for so much. This is day three for me. And it’s now 630 and things are a little tough right now. This is wine o’clock although I could start drinking in the morning anytime too. If the wine is in my house I drink it and if it’s not in my house I go and get it. That’s my habit, that was my habit. And then of course I have to eat with the drink so I piled on the pounds. But now I’m on the way to new habits and I’m grateful for that. With you all the way too.

  40. nevertooold 3 years ago

    I find a special drink that I only allow myself to have during cocktail hour. Lately, it has been tonic with lime.

    • Digby 3 years ago

      That’s a good idea,

  41. Lisa 3 years ago

    When 5pm rolls around I’m immediately drawn to the wine bottle. I’m looking for tips and tricks to avoid the wine o’clock for me.

  42. K 3 years ago


    It is 9 am I Hardly ever drank till menapause early 40. Started 2 glasses red wine after work I told myself good for the heart. A lot of heart disease in family. Now 1-2 bottles every night. Hate it never thought I would be having conversations in my head about drinking left side says yes right side says you don’t need it left always wins. Thanks for listening k

  43. mazza 3 years ago

    Hi I’m 66, have drank only on weekends since I was 20. Breast cancer at 60, still limited drinks to weekend. But since lockdown a bottle and a half of wine a day. I know alcohol causes hormone receptive breast cancer which is what I had, yet I cant stop, every night I cant sleep, my heart and head throb, I say no more, I have a bottle in the fridge but cant tip it out. If I dont drink today, I’ll be 2 days without. It’s so hard 😵😔

    • Potiki 3 years ago

      I hear you i am 56 this year and have always struggled with my drinking. Basically I have realised I can’t social drink anymore. If I start I struggle to stop. I too got up to a bottle of wine a day during COVID and I am freaking out about it. I am surprised ans scared about how easy it has become to polish off an entire bottle. I joined here four years ago ans did really nothing with it so I am back to try again. It’s anither day and a bigger challenge. Be kind to yourself you’re doing so well to even seek support

  44. campion 3 years ago

    Day Two. Day one I was anxious about wine time. I usually drink after work to relax and I look forward to that.
    I had sleepy time tea instead, watched TV and went to bed a lot later then usual. Had a hard time getting to sleep
    but once I did I only woke up once instead of three o’clock wishing i didn’t drink so much then tossing and turning.
    I feel great today! Cant wait for day three!

    • Leo@ 3 years ago

      How is it going? I’m on the end of my day 2. I hear you about going to bed later, but the next morning is still better than an ‘early night’ with alcohol!!

  45. HannaHarris 3 years ago

    So good to read all these posts- makes me feel better knowing the only one who is struggling to moderate my drinking.

  46. AFNZ 3 years ago

    2 days goes by and that seems to be the max I can go without a drink. I dont drink to get drunk, I can down a bottle and feel like thats enough but why cant i kick it? I am a 30 year old solo mother to an ADHD little boy. TIMES ARE TOUGH, he is severe. When im not getting rag dolled im either picking him up from school for hurting people or trying my best to dismantle a high intensity situation. Im in the midst of a nursing degree, I have been diagnosed with post traumatic stress and general depression 2 years ago and have come so far since them and I looked at by many as a strong independent women and I do think of myself like that sometimes. BUT WHY cant I kick the drink. I, drinking a wine right now due to an absolute terror of a day. When your supports are gone and it is all up to you how can I find a better way to spend my time. For my health, for my son and for me?

  47. jonny 3 years ago

    Wine o’clock
    The story of my girlfriend
    Some months ago she had a wine one glass on Friday night
    During the lockdown it was one glass every night till in recent weeks it was always more than one glass most nights
    It was the wind that Got her
    I really couldn’t believe it going for one glass on Friday night to a bottle almost every night within a month or two
    Time she said I’m only gonna have one but by Thursday night it was always more than one
    More than one she said I’m gonna stop doing that I’ll just have one
    But as you know by Thursday night it was one bottle
    The moral of my story is it’s not you it’s the one she’s a lovely person but the wine got her
    She said she’s quit now here’s hoping

  48. LaraK310 3 years ago

    I’m new to the group. I don’t know if anyone can relate to this but I seem to mainly binge drink on the weekends. I’ve almost disciplined myself to not incorporate drinking into my work week schedule -like Monday-Thursday but when Friday rolls around, I spend the weekend drinking in large amounts. I wish I could figure out how to carryover that mentality of not drinking into the weekend. I want to quit for health reasons-I’m mid 40s and overweight with high blood pressure. I know this isn’t helping me.

    • Kewpee 3 years ago

      Hey LaraK -I hear ya, I’m the same pattern. It’s nuts, my weekends are so precious after a gruelling work week and I drink them away or lie in bed recovering from the night before. Why ?? Is it to wind down from the stress? To “treat” myself or is it an absence of better things to do? I really want to change this pattern and I know my family need me to.
      I’ve joined this forum today as a first step….
      I’m going to really think about this pattern and try and find some alternative behaviours to circuit break.
      I spoke to my family today about it and I was shocked how much they had noticed and were worried about me.
      Confronting but perhaps they can help me too……
      Some suggestions they had for me
      – don’t have wine in the house to start with
      – go for a walk at the time I would normally start drinking Friday 6pm
      – find things I like to do on Saturday and Sunday mornings so I can’t be hungover
      – take more time out for myself during the week so the stress doesn’t “build up”
      I’m gonna give it a try … hope you are doing ok and we can both find a way out of this pattern we are in x

      • Corinna 3 years ago

        I am the same guys. SO weird as I am unsure what drives the behaviour – I think it is that FOMO feeling ie – not wanting to NOT do stuff on the weekend and have fun, do crazy stuff etc. I am 13 days sober. We can do this though!!

  49. jess1989 3 years ago

    Hey people
    So I joined 4 days ago and just logged back in now while I’m having a drink. I can’t seem to shake the need to drink alcohol every night .it’s so hard. And I don’t even drink to get Drunk I drink so I can sleep at night. The nights I don’t drink it takes me hours to fall asleep. I go to bed and toss and turn for hours. I am on medication for that. But yet the nights I drink I sleep like a baby. So it’s so hard to not drink. I’m at the point where I’m so over drinking but also feel I’m dependent on it.

    • Potiki 3 years ago

      Hi there,

      I am in a similar boat. I am so over my drinking yet I feel so dependent on it. Really scared to break the cycle and also I seem to keep failing. I have given up in my head so many times ans I go along fine for a bit but then something happens I just get ducked in again. At the moment it’s around day three – which is today – that my brain starts to kick in to needing that drink. Our minds are so powerful. You’re in the right place here it’s so supportive ans a lifeline for me at the moment. Be kind to yourself 🙂

    • charlotteritter 3 years ago

      Hi Jess – I find doing my exercise in the evening after work and showering at night helps me sleep, hot milk milo before bed, keep your room for sleep and relaxing only (e.g. not work). I know these are kind of lame suggestions, but maybe try and see if any of them help. No screens etc etc 😉

    • mcom 3 years ago

      Hi Jess, I’m very much inthe same place as you. It’s really hard to not drink if you know you wont get a good night’s sleep. Can relate

  50. 101Days 3 years ago

    Hi All, I just joined this group. I am looking to connect (virtually) with others who are quitting drinking without a 12 step program. I have quit or limited drinking on and off for various short-ish term reasons: taking a class, doing a cleanse, etc. This is the first time I have decided to actually QUIT, as in never again. I have just NOT been able to moderate my drinking of wine, to the point where last week I was drinking because I felt as if I physically needed it — really physically needed it. I cut myself down to one trip a week to the wine store for 3 bottles of wine — gone in three days of course plus 6oz of Whiskey as well! (Which was ok, or so I thought for the week-end) Then, I realized that the four days I would have to wait for my next weeks allotment were becoming a mentally foggy, un-productive, count down to my next supply. After surfing a few sites and watching Dr. Amen’s TV presentation about brain health, I decided to make the choice to quit drinking. I LOVE wine, I LOVE the warm fuzzy feeling I get from it — problem was that I drank so much that feeling was gone — unquenchable. So here it is wine-o-clock where I live, and I’m going for a wine glass filled with Perrier — a helpful placebo. Cheers!

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