Saturday, September 15, 2012

Is There Wine Everywhere? Or is it just me?

I don't know how any of you, my dear American readers, were able to get sober here. It seems like every single store devotes at least 25% of their inventory to alcohol. The Mike's Hard Lemonade is right next to the Nestea Iced Tea, which is in the pasta aisle. I really feel like everywhere I turn there is more booze.

With two years of sobriety, I'm able to keep on walking. But back in the beginning, I fear I would have caved and fallen down more times than I can count, because even a benign trip to the grocery store would have provided ample opportunity for the 'I'll start tomorrow,' or 'I'll just have one.' logic game.In Canada it's fairly easy to cut yourself off from it - just stay out of the liquor store. Temptation removed.

I guess it's not really accurate or fair to say that about myself. I mean, there was booze in my house for ten months after I stopped drinking and I didn't drink it. After a while, I didn't even notice it was there. I developed a bit of a blind spot for it, I guess. I hope the same thing will happen here, with this. Because it's deeply unsettling to me to see all of those boxes piled to the ceiling. It would almost be as shocking to my system if there were pictures of naked women scattered all over the grocery store.

I will keep going. I won't drink. But hats off to all of you who managed to get through a simple grocery shop without cracking under the pressure.

11 comments:

  1. In my state we have to go to the liquor store. No booze in the supermarkets, thankfully. I, too, have beer and vodka in my house at all times because my husband stocks it but there's no wine anywhere in my line of view unless I go looking for it. I feel blessed to be in my little corner of the US. And I'm happy I don't live in one of those bunko-playing neighborhoods either!

    XO

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  2. In my state the booze is everywhere, including the drug stores. Plus, bars that open first thing in the morning. The funny thing is that they wont sell the booze before 1:00 PM on Sunday (God?) so they put a dinky little chain over the aisle to keep people out. Not that they would be able to make it out of the store with it anyway, even if they hopped the chain.

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    1. That's kind of hilarious...I can just see myself three years ago hovering around the chain, waiting until the clock struck 1. Glad those days are over.

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  3. It doesn't bother me in stores but it drives me nuts when I see alcohol or drink recipes in magazines. I can't turn the page fast enough!

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  4. Hard liquor or beer/wine with 6% you have to get at a liquor store here. 3% beer and wine is everywhere. They have cocktails with the lower liquor in the stores/gas stations now too. I'm only 30 days sober, so it still gets to be sometimes. But I'm commited to not drinking, so I just keep walking. *don't look, just keep walking* <I tend to chant this to myself lol

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    1. I found chants to be incredibly helpful. I wish you the best!

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  5. Here in Pennsylvania we have separate state stores for liquor and beer, and beer is sold by the case only. But recently an upscale grocery chain started selling beer by the 6 pack and so I guess we're not far behind from having it in the cookie aisle.

    Anyway, having it at home has always been the hardest part. It's a hard road sometimes. At least we know we're not alone. I'm glad to read you're getting settled in. Missed your posts :)

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  6. It is EVERYWHERE Tara. I hated to buy any snacks or chips or even frozen veggies or Lean Cuisines, because the wine was in the snack and chip row, and the beer was in a cooler aisle right across from the frozen goods. I've gotten pretty good at ignoring it now, but some days it takes a great deal of effort.

    I've missed you! I'm 6 weeks out from my first marathon! :)

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  7. Excellent post, I am so glad I found your blog!

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