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Why people new to recovery feel like they are missing out when a new drink is invented

August 2019

I read a post the other day from a fellow recovering drunk who was lamenting, I think it was, a new craft beer that had been released.  I quit long enough ago craft beer was made by my buddy’s dad in the garage and tasted like… well, really not good.  The craft beer of today wasn’t even a glimmer in someone’s eye yet.  Hell, I quit before Zima and slightly after ICE beer.

It’s been a long time since I felt I missed out on a new drink.  Hard lemonade, hard cider, hard seltzer water… and there is a very simple explanation for this;  I don’t like prison more than I wish I could have a Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy.  Well, let’s put this into proper context; I don’t like prison more than I wish I could have 24 Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandies.  You know what I’m getting at?

I default straight to the misery, and that’s why I don’t miss out.  The trouble for newly recovered alcoholics is the new misery of quitting can tend to be only slightly less miserable than drinking.  Especially if one is trying to white knuckle it.  Blur the lines too much and drinking can win out.  For someone like me, who continually works a recovery program and keeps a vivid memory of what my drinking misery was really like, it’s easy to pass because my life, with all its fleas, is awesome.

And awesome is good.  Prison?  Not so much.


  1. Anthony says:

    As someone who drinks beer–and craft beer at times, I can quite honestly say you are not missing out on anything. Maybe you’re missing out on being the target of an ad campaign, but that’s about it.
    There are lots of great non-alcoholic drinks out there you could miss out on because they just aren’t available where you live or where I live.

    • bgddyjim says:

      Orange Vanilla Coke… I’m not missing out, though! They have it in abundance here, and it’s the best thing EVAH! As far as something like near beer, or something of that nature, I can’t have it. Near beer, near death for me. I never drank for taste, I drank for effect.

      • Anthony says:

        I came across BC Raspberry Coke the other day. I wanted to try it, but thought three dollars for a mini bottle was just too much.

      • bgddyjim says:

        Three buck for a mini bottle if anything that doesn’t give you a buzz is too much. Correctly called. Coke is starting to make me a little grouchy that way.

  2. joliesattic says:

    I am starting to understand that. As I’m addicted to sweets. But in the last few days and now on Keto, I’ve craved and not gotten my ice cream fix. I started to head down the hill and turned left to my street instead. Woohoo! My addiction won’t land me in jail, but it is impacting my health.

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