I may catch some heat, so let me give a back story for this. I've used marijuana off and on occasionally for a few years now. I've also been an alcoholic for about 6 months. I drink and then smoke sometimes, and I notice that the feeling gets so intense I no longer desire to drink, nor do I feel the urge to drink. For the first time ever I have smoked instead of drinking, which may not be a good idea because I have not tapered down far enough, but I think I can push 24 hours before I drink, it's already been 16 hours since my last drink, and there is nothing but a few pains in the upper side of the abdomen that come and go lasting for maybe 3 minutes max, so I don't think it is anything out of the ordinary when you break from a long term binge of 2-7 shots per day for about five months with some daily breaks in between. This will be the first time I've gone this long without drinking in two months, by the time I post this post I will have hit my first milestone of abstinence. Due to the constant drinking nature and my ability to suck it up and control what I do when it matters most I decided it would be safer to gradually cut back to abstinence for a while and occasionally drink on certain weekends. I don't do this to rationalize my drinking, because by it's current definition, my drinking is certainly above the danger zone. My goal here is to be able to make the label on most alcohol true, and drink responsibly. I invested in a key chain Breathalyzer so I can more easily measure where im at before and after drinking. I don't drink because my life sucks, or I'm running from anything, but I just turned 21 6 months ago and in America to clarify thats the age nearly every new adult loses their mind with alcohol a bit, but I just got a tiny bit carried away. I just drink because I like the way it makes me feel and I should probably make that more of something I associate with good times and occasions rather than everyday in every scenario as its intended to be used. Alcohol doesn't feel amazing if you do it everyday, using it responsibly as I plan, will make it the amazing way it is when you first try it and enjoy its effects. I truly believe this method will work. I kind of see the recovery and rehab facilities as modern inventions and I personally believe this is a fight thats best fought with support within. I just feel like I will try harder and be more successful if I post about this here.