Scared Sober: The Beginning

Dear Friends,

I’m not going to waste your time by telling you my entire drinking history, but two things that I would like to mention are, that I started drinking and smoking cigarettes and weed with my friends back in the mid 80’s when I was a teenager, and that on Thursday December 9 2021, I was admitted for four days into the hospital, because my liver was inflamed, after seven days of continuous binge drinking.

The reason that I say that I was scared sober is, because when the liver doctors came to see me on that Saturday, they explained to me, that I did not have any permanent damage, BUT… to take this as a second chance, because the next time, I might not be so lucky. They told me straight out, that I MUST stop drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes and take better care of myself. I told them that I see this second chance given to me as a sign and that they could be sure that I would never drink again.

Since I have always been a weekend binge drinker, who could go for months without alcohol, getting sober has not been that hard at all, in fact, today is my 15th sober day and I feel great. The hardest thing for me to do is to quit smoking cigarettes, but I am not going to go crazy by quitting both at the same time, first I am going to manage my drinking, then the smoking.

Hoping to hear from you soon.

Your friend,

Tony