GeoffS wrote:Went to a meeting last night that I hadn't been to for a while, good to see the same faces, and some new ones.
One of the newer members ended up sharing on how she would not drink again because she was too frightened of it getting out of control, and that she was too frightened of losing what she has and too frightened to go back where she'd been.
Does anyone know anyone who has stayed sober for a long time on this kind of philosophy?
Does it work?
Can it work?
I know my experience of from seeing many people try, but would like to hear from others.
You want to talk about living in fear and looking under the bed and in the closet for the boogey man?
Another thread talks about wine in Grey Poupon mustard. OMG â€“ someone is going to be set off by the infinitesimal amount of wine in the recommended serving of mustard on a ham or sandwich. Even if one devours the entire jar, or even the largest size jar of mustard, there is no chance, except through the exacerbation of paranoia that one will be set off to drink. Check all your foods. Many foods or products contain alcohol in some form. Look at many ice creams â€“ you will find liquor listed as an ingredient. Sugar alcohol is listed in many foods. Donâ€™t even think about wearing cologne because what is infused into your pores is the alcohol.
If you are living in fear over hidden infinitesimal amounts of alcohol please, do not eat or drink anything. Scientific fact â€“ ALL food has bacteria in and on it. Letâ€™s say apple or orange juice is sitting in your fridge. The bacteria starts working on the sugar in the OJ and uses that sugar for food. Most bacteria are fermenters. The process of fermentation takes glucose (sugar) and through a multi-step process turns it into carbon dioxide AND alcohol. Refrigeration does not kill bacteria, it only slows down its metabolism. Anything you eat or drink that contains sugar contains some amount of alcohol. Anything containing a lot of natural sugar or starch (like fruit or corn) will, after a short period contain alcohol (more than the mustard).
Iâ€™m certainly not living in fear of drinking a glass of OJ or apple juice or putting a knife full (or two) of mustard on a piece of ham sandwich or even dashing on some very nice cologne. Such paranoia goes against everything AA teaches. A glass of OJ left on the kitchen table during breakfast has more alcohol than a full jar of mustard. I couldnâ€™t believe the fear and paranoia in that other thread. A new freedom and a new happiness indeed. I gave up checking under my bed and in the closets and behind the doors for monsters a long time ago. Talk about living a fear based recovery life.