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Harm Reduction Notes for the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wasted 20's

- Mon, 13 Jan 2020 20:00:41 EST qGScnajK No.283505
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Anyone else here waste their 20's being a drunk? I didn't drink a drop of alcohol until my 23rd birthday. I used to lift weights, be in great shape, etc. Then, like my father, I started drinking a lot. Now I drink at least 6 days a week. Mostly just cheap beer. I usually clear a 6 pack of tall-boys a day. Only had 3 tonight so I walked across the street to the liquor store to buy a 40 and another tallboy. I'm 29 now. Wasted 6 years of my life, my physical prime. No end in sight.

Sucks man.
Ian Gillerhig - Mon, 13 Jan 2020 20:55:04 EST PHBD0afW No.283506 Reply
Meh. Nothing is permanent.
Fuck Murrydale - Mon, 13 Jan 2020 21:24:07 EST qGScnajK No.283507 Reply

The fact that I wasted 6 years of my life. MY TWENTIES. Is permanent.
Reuben Huffingdire - Mon, 13 Jan 2020 22:26:17 EST TGI913aD No.283508 Reply
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Im 30
I have no regrets
I drank as much as you
Whats my secret?
>fuck a lot of women
Jk just do what you want
Ian Gillerhig - Mon, 13 Jan 2020 22:28:43 EST PHBD0afW No.283509 Reply
Your twenties weren't permanent. Your life isn't permanent. If it wasn't a drinking habit, it would be some other way you'd look at "wasting". Some people regret not taking enough risks.

You make mistakes. You make bad decisions. That's life.

And obligatory /hooch/ response: SIx YeaRs ISnT EnOugH tO BE a alCoHOLIC AnD ANy lEsS ThaN a HAnDLe a DAY is MiNor LEagUe
Wesley Clecklepadging - Mon, 13 Jan 2020 23:35:22 EST JyGGjmm2 No.283510 Reply

It's normal to regret your past, especially your mid 20s. Those are years of learning, as you venture further out and try to make it in the world. The things you learn can hurt sometimes. That's the way it goes. It always could have been so much better, but time is a thief and now it's gone forever, no do-overs. People have mental crisis over this shit. It's actually all just part of getting older.

29 is still young. I did lots of stupid, cringeworthy things in my 20s. I drank way too much. Ate nothing but junk food all the time. Let my health go to shit. Screwed up a ton of relationships. I had penty of regrets, yet it hardly bothers me at all now. If I could go back in time and never drink a drop of alcohol, I surely would have made smarter choices and avoided so much pain and embarrassment in my life. But maybe I wouldn't have had so much fun, either? Maybe I would have become even more of a shut-in due to social anxiety and ended up in a far worse place than I am now. Who's to say. It doesn't even really matter. I turned most of it around in my 30's. I look upon my past with fondness now, as a time of youthful experience gathering. You can too.
Hedda Fundleford - Tue, 28 Jan 2020 06:51:16 EST Zcy/0Zoz No.283604 Reply
not OP but agree with his sentiment. thanks for posting, been feeling quite down about the whole thing and needed a positive outlook.
Cornelius Lightlock - Wed, 29 Jan 2020 03:30:24 EST khPuNjgu No.283611 Reply
Holy shit. I have never seen a more relatable post here before.

Didn't have my first drink until I was 22 (now 29), lifted weights 6 days a week when I was younger and now drink 5-6 nights a week.

Except for me it's bottom shelf liquor instead of beer
Alice Blizzlefuck - Fri, 31 Jan 2020 19:35:15 EST r2WFj+c5 No.283625 Reply
26 years old here.
I've been an alcoholic for most of it. Nothing too extreme, but I do get black out at least twice a week, moreso when I was in college. Drink erry day for the most part.
I workout and am in great shape, college athlete and have kept up the physique. I have a steady career and am financially successful. I am doing well enough that I am frequently traveling for work to lecture other people who share the same job title as I on how to do their jobs for efficiently. My sex life while in college was well above average for most men. I have an adequate social life.
I still feel like I have wasted all of my 20s thus far. Im starting to believe that feeling like a failure and only focusing on your fuck ups is part of being in your 20s.
Barnaby Fuckingwater - Sat, 01 Feb 2020 00:38:57 EST +ybjfyv+ No.283628 Reply
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Yeah, dude. I'm turning 29 in May and I wasted a shitload of my time drinking alone. It's enjoyable, but I could have been doing better things. I can stop drinking for like 2 months but I always get bored getting into hobbies and remember how much more fun it is to be drunk doing it. Then once or twice a week turns into almost all of the week.

I don't have any desire to drink during the day, but whenever I know I have all my shit done around 8pm it's time to drink and smoke a few bowls. Usually 5 or 6 days out of the week.
Polly Fuckinggold - Fri, 07 Feb 2020 14:25:14 EST frMXukQr No.283667 Reply
yeah, 26 here. partied a lot when i was 16-20 but wasnt a heavy drinker. go to college for 2 years never touch a drop and just smoke weed. after college (22-23) i enter the work force and so i start getting into beers on a regular basis. ive never been in love and have lost touch with most of my friends and so all i do i drink alone pretty much every night with the exception of the odd night a small club for a concert
Eugene Bardham - Sat, 08 Feb 2020 20:02:14 EST qGScnajK No.283682 Reply
yeah bro. OP here checking in. I loved to lift weights. I could probably go in tomorrow and still get respectable numbers on the big lifts...It's painful when I drive by the gym and I see DYEL's walking in to the gym or cardio bunnies. I haven't been in months.

I've drank 45 beers since Thursday night....I feel like it has gotten worse since last year. Back then I could drink 4-5 a night and be fine. I broke down crying in my car as I left the liqour store last night. I can't beat it and it's getting worse.
Lydia Shittingson - Sat, 08 Feb 2020 23:04:59 EST TGI913aD No.283684 Reply
one day at a time. see what's different monday after tomorrow no drinks.
Nigel Didgehood - Sat, 08 Feb 2020 23:12:45 EST JdRUgL9/ No.283685 Reply
If I didn't drink away my 20's then I'd remember them.
Rebecca Nindleked - Mon, 10 Feb 2020 07:57:33 EST sqdypeJD No.283699 Reply
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26 and only now digging myself out of the hole. First up is paying off my fucning rehab.
Hamilton Crittingdirk - Mon, 10 Feb 2020 12:49:08 EST tW7pdLE+ No.283700 Reply
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Im 27 and a huge alcoholic. I was sober all day until I woke up this afternoon. No regrets. It helps me forget I want to die. Just wish I had some smokes right now.
Albert Worthingfoot - Mon, 10 Feb 2020 14:06:28 EST DaF8lssa No.283701 Reply
You guys are allpretty much my age
Drink well brothers
Cyril Mallerbanks - Tue, 11 Feb 2020 00:41:41 EST VPuem258 No.283704 Reply
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I wasted all of my prime age and give no fuck.
Alice Hoffingteck - Wed, 19 Feb 2020 01:59:12 EST EpFJ5FCI No.283750 Reply

I'm 26. I've lost a few jobs and had some failed relationships due to my drinking. I've been drinking heavily since I was 19. At this point my tolerance is so high I have to drink a lot of liquor to get drunk. Beer is a waste of time at this point. I have a few scars on my body from accidents while drunk and generally feel shitty both mind and body when I'm not drinking.

I love alcohol and having a steady supply of it allows me to tolerate life with at least some enthusiasm. When I'm sober I can deal, but I'm usually just unenthusiastic and disinterested in life. Irritable as well but I do my best not to take it out on others. When I start drinking all the cobwebs clear and I start appreciating life and other people again. So on one hand, the drinking does play a benefit in my overall happiness and quality of life, but at the same time has made me dependent to feel "normal" and I know it isn't a healthy way to live. It's a bitch really. As much as I like to drink I really just wish I would have never started in the first place.
Walter Sorryson - Thu, 20 Feb 2020 19:24:37 EST hUcjd5M/ No.283767 Reply
>as much as I like to drink I really just wish I would have never started in the first place

Yeah I feel you man. I've managed to keep my drinking mostly under control and a lot of that has to do with my girlfriend, but I do love it. If it wasn't for the shitty hangovers and just generally fucking up sleep, appetite, etc. I would probably drink a lot more than I do.

Definitely makes you wonder how it would be to have never started drinking so heavily. Would I be smarter? Would I be more successful? Would I have a bunch of knowledge and skills gained from all the time energy poured into that rather than getting drunk and toiling away? It's hard to tell because there's no control group, no reference point to compare yourself to. You can look at statistics but it's a wide bell curve. There are plenty of shitfaced mother fuckers out there living the dream and there are plenty of stone cold sober losers who have nothing to show for their entire lives.

I will say that from my own experience and from many others' reports, quitting definitely can reverse SOME of the damage. Might not ever be where you were if you never took a sip of alcohol but both science and the world's wealth of anecdotal reports suggest you can make big steps towards that. Alas, it's a journey that requires descending into the valley before you can climb the mountain. Some may face the journey, others may not. Until then, bottoms up my friend.

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