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  1. Charlemagne In Sweatpants

    1 Year Drinking Wagon Challenge for 2014

    5 years sober for me today. What a bizarre stretch of 365 days. There were a lot of challenges and firsts for me: I traveled internationally for the first time off the sauce; there was a goddamn global pandemic; ongoing race riots in the US; my wife and I welcomed our first child (a beautiful...
  2. Charlemagne In Sweatpants

    1 Year Drinking Wagon Challenge for 2014

    Although the general recommendation is to avoid NA beer while riding the wagon (which I support), I did have a phase many years ago where I tried out a bunch of near beers. Clausthaler (premium, green bottle) was by far the best.
  3. Charlemagne In Sweatpants

    1 Year Drinking Wagon Challenge for 2014

    Just wanted to echo Lizard of Oz here, and encourage those whose wagon ride has gotten a little bumpier with all the global craziness going on right now. 5 years ago, this scenario would have been a remarkable excuse for me to disappear with a veritable warehouse of booze for 8 weeks. It would...
  4. Charlemagne In Sweatpants

    1 Year Drinking Wagon Challenge for 2014

    Four years sober for me today. It was a really nice stretch of time. Wifey and I are expecting our first child (a baby boy) in early February. Obviously we are super excited/slightly terrified about this, and I'm looking forward to addressing some of my own insecurities and hang-ups about being...
  5. Charlemagne In Sweatpants

    1 Year Drinking Wagon Challenge for 2014

    Some perspective is needed here. During that six-month stretch, I did feel incredible, but only because I went from being a completely dysfunctional alcoholic to a somewhat functional alcoholic. I tracked all off my "drinking units" during my stint on Naltrexone. Before I started the medication...
  6. Charlemagne In Sweatpants

    1 Year Drinking Wagon Challenge for 2014

    adamf133 - I have experience with Naltrexone and The Sinclair Method (which you are are describing). Another user asked me about it in a separate thread. Here is my response to him: ——- Bacchus - believe it or not, I practiced the Sinclair Method with Naltrexone for over a year when I was in...
  7. Charlemagne In Sweatpants

    1 Year Drinking Wagon Challenge for 2014

    I'd like to underscore this quote from Lizard, as this ruse was one of the hardest things for me to get over when it came to starting and maintaining a wagon. I had always fancied myself as being particularly lovable or soulful or wounded through my boozing. In reality it was just an insidious...
  8. Charlemagne In Sweatpants

    1 Year Drinking Wagon Challenge for 2014

    NA beers and (most) bitters/soda cocktails do contain trace amounts of alcohol, so I would rule them out for a true wagon. For what it's worth, those were the drinks I turned to when my wagon began faltering the first time around (back in 2014). If you're totally committed, I'd urge you to steer...
  9. Charlemagne In Sweatpants

    1 Year Drinking Wagon Challenge for 2014

    tpm767, 1.) Others have listed two important recommendations regarding this point. First, that it's up to you to own your sobriety and project a sense of comfort with it. It is my opinion (and experience) that this sort of frame takes a good deal of time on the wagon to achieve. If you're...
  10. Charlemagne In Sweatpants

    1 Year Drinking Wagon Challenge for 2014

    Personally, I make an effort to avoid sauces and dishes with booze in them. No tiramisu. No wine sauces. My fiancee will only bake shit with alcohol-free vanilla extract. If such a dish is served, I just don't eat it. People have their own peculiar tastes, and wave off food all the time. Now...
  11. Charlemagne In Sweatpants

    1 Year Drinking Wagon Challenge for 2014

    Just got back from one of my annual Vegas trips. This particular trip was a challenge last year, but this time I went in with a plan. Played a lot of cards, walked all over the city, ate some good food, and took the reason I was there (conference) seriously. I stayed out of the clubs (mostly)...
  12. Charlemagne In Sweatpants

    What are you listening to?

    I was messing around with the Spotify API and put together this small, serverless site. It will show you which artists/tracks you've listened to the most over the past 4 weeks, 6 months, and all-time. You can also export any of the track results as a Spotify playlist, which I like to do towards...
  13. Charlemagne In Sweatpants

    1 Year Drinking Wagon Challenge for 2014

    I revisited this post from Chaos this morning, and thought I'd give it a bump. I've not traveled internationally since I got off the sauce. Over the summer I was helping a friend put together an itinerary for Copenhagen, and while doing so, I considered whether or not I'd be able to handle...
  14. Charlemagne In Sweatpants

    1 Year Drinking Wagon Challenge for 2014

    This is a bit of an aside, but I was reviewing my balance for accrued vacation days at work this morning, and noticed something unsurprising. In the 12-month span before I got sober, I called out sick 14 times. Most instances were on Monday mornings. Almost all were due to hangovers. In the...
  15. Charlemagne In Sweatpants

    1 Year Drinking Wagon Challenge for 2014

    komatiite - these are good questions. Concerning the aversion therapy, it has worn off in the sense that I am not immediately repulsed by being around alcohol. However, if I really dwell on the mechanics of drinking, the slight rubbing alcohol taste of vodka, the gold cap of a Tito's bottle, my...
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