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    I'm a friend of Bill W.

    This seemed like the most appropriate place for this, if not please feel free to move delete or do as is fit with my apologies.

    Yes, I'm a friend of Bill W. To those of us who know that means I go to AA. I have been off alcohol and drugs since 8-15-1988. I cook a lot and heard that pie crust is amazing if you substitute some of the water with Vodka, the alcohol evaporates at lower temps than the water and creates a really fool proof pie crust.
    Last evening I was making pies and asked my daughter it there was any Vodka in the house and there was not. So for the first time in 26+ years, I went to a Liquor Store and bought alcohol. It was strange, to say the least. No I did not drink any and my daughter has the rest to use for herbal stuff she does but I still am amazed at the profound effect buying liquor had on me.

    I almost feel as though I cheated Death.

    I just wanted to talk about it and see if any other friends of Bill W have done something similar or I'm just crazy playing with disaster.

    Thanks for letting me ramble and Blessings to all
    Mark
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    Hey Mark,
    Fellow friend of Bill W as well. Vodka was also my spirit of choice.Congratulations on such a long term. I fell off the wagon a time or two over my 30 years, but retired from my career about three years ago and found that in doing so I had also lost my motivation to imbibe. I've been clear for those three years, but I still purchase the spirits when the wife and I entertain. I also like to cook, so I may try the vodka pie crust trick. My feeling like you described came a few years before I quite drinking, but after I had put down a 3 pack a day smoking habit. I felt like I had dodged a bullet when I could visit with friends at a bar and have drinks, but not relapse on the smoking.
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    Well done guys! That is something to hang your hat on! John
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    29 yrs this month- how big a differnce does it really make in a pie crust?
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    in the pie crust the difference is amazing to me. I never thought something so simple would make such a difference. On the plus side I never considered drinking any of it, it was just the realization the this was the first time I purchased liquor in such a long time.
    If I say I'm pretty secure in my recovery I better get to a meeting, you know the adages about being too comfortable.
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    You are using it as a spice, so to speak. And unlike some kids today that snort cinnamon, you felt no urge to 'fall in that hole' for the thrill. You are a credit to the cause. God bless you all, one day at a time. We all have our demons, and like the rest of life, it is not the cards we were dealt, but how we deal with them. I am thankful today for all my fellow friends, some I've never met, from this site, that have supported me when I'm down ...AC
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    Congratulation to y'all for resisting temptation. I don't think I would have gone to the liquor store and risked throwing away 26 years of being sober. I quit smoking 32 years ago and hardly think about it anymore but would be foolish to smoke a cigarette to see what I miss. Again I applaud y'all for being strong and let's all give thanks for our blessing's no matter how big or small. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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    I am also a friend of Bill W.
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    After being on the receiving end of spirits bottles for 40+ years, I finally came to realize this is not how I want to spend the last years of my life. It's taking me a while to clean out remaining bottles in the house, been over a year now and I too have lost the desire for drink.
    I salute all of you that have many years of sobriety to your credit.
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    Will be 26 years next Jan. for me. Best 26 years of my life!!
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