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Thu Apr 25, 2019, 12:36 PM

Do you have dreams involving drinking?

I had one the other night where I was having a conversation with an old friend who does interventions about the hazards of drinking occasionally, and then going back to a sober lifestyle. A while back, I had a dream where I had a sip of wine, and after my wife glared at me, I poured the rest of it out. I've also had dreams where I've pounded down a bottle of beer. Is this common? The way I figure it, it's far healthier than actually drinking. Thoughts?

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Reply Do you have dreams involving drinking? (Original post)
bif Apr 2019 OP
murielm99 Apr 2019 #1
brewens Apr 2019 #2
comradebillyboy Apr 2019 #3
irisblue Apr 2019 #4
JDC Apr 2019 #5
Comatose Sphagetti Apr 2019 #6
Rhiannon12866 May 2019 #7

Response to bif (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 12:49 PM

1. I know it is common when one quits smoking.

I don't know about drinking.

Good luck with your sobriety. May you drink only in your dreams.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 01:02 PM

2. I still smoke in my dreams. Weed too sometimes. I woke up one day when I was still working

thinking it was real. Partying with buddies in my dream and we burned one. I wake up thinking, now why the hell did I do that? Now I have to be paranoid all week that I'll be random piss tested. Then I realized I didn't even go anywhere the night before.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 01:03 PM

3. I quit smoking when I was 40. I dreamed about smoking for ten years after.

I'm 71 now and I still get urges to smoke. Dreaming about backsliding is infinitely better than actual backsliding.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 01:03 PM

4. Sometimes I can feel the bottle opening in my hands.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 02:41 PM

5. Yes. Common. I have woken up remorseful also before

That despair I used to feel after promising myself that I wouldn't do it again. And doing it again, etc.

It's a weird dynamic that I get those feelings back from a dream, but I kinda figure it's my sub-conscience reminding me when maybe I need to be reminded w/o knowing it.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 08:43 PM

6. Sober now for 17 years.

Had a couple of drinking dreams in early sobriety. Both woke me from a deep sleep. Scared the hell out of me.

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Response to bif (Original post)

Tue May 7, 2019, 06:23 AM

7. I've had them and I know it's very common

And not just when you're new to sobriety, but it happened more frequently to me then and scared the hell out of me. It took me awhile to believe it wasn't real. And I've had them since, the one that stuck with me was about a liquor store - that my sponsor was operating. And I saw several women I knew from the rooms there as well. I still occasionally have them - even after 10 years, and I still find them disturbing, but I'm not actually drinking in the ones I have now, just finding myself somewhere I don't belong. It does get easier and it sure helps to talk about it and to realize you're not alone.

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