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Posted by: thaiga
« on: May 27, 2016, 04:02:39 PM »

and i thought it was the Automobile
That jokes older than this clip - nice to hear from you chimera, hope all is well

Automobile Association Training Video 1948 Part 1
Posted by: koratbob47
« on: May 26, 2016, 09:29:42 AM »

I am from Canada and had 19 years of sobriety in Canada before I came here in 2009. It helps me to help other people stay sober because then I am not making mountains out of my relatively small problems in life because I am then thinking about your problems and how to help you.
AA is only for people who want help. If someone is happy to be drinking, no matter how much, I cannot and will not try to help them stop.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: May 26, 2016, 12:43:39 AM »

Thanks for all the info bob, great service your doing, have you been doing this for long and are you from the uk

All the best  :cheers
Posted by: Baby Farts
« on: May 25, 2016, 08:16:04 AM »

I found this:

  1.  Lying About or Hiding Your Drinking – Denial is common with people having problems with alcohol, so both problem drinkers and alcoholics might drink secretively or lie about how much they drink to make it seem like less of an issue. This can be hard to spot for anybody but the individual, due to its very nature, but it’s an important sign of a more serious problem.

  2. Drinking to Relax or Feel Better – Almost all people struggling with addiction abuse their substance of choice for emotional reasons. Whether it’s stress, depression, anxiety or anything else, using alcohol as a method of easing negative feelings is a risky habit—the “relief” it provides is only temporary and it ordinarily makes things worse in the long run. If you drink more when you’ve had a stressful day or need a drink to feel like you can really relax, it’s a big sign that you’re using alcohol as an emotional crutch.
  3.   “Blacking Out” Regularly – Drinking so much that you have no memory of what happened is another red flag for a problem with alcohol. Simply put, it means you drank way too much. If you find this happening to you (or notice it happening to someone else), you have to ask what is driving you to drink so excessively? You don’t need to black out to have fun, so what’s the real reason?

  4. Being Unable to Stop Once You Start – If you always finish a bottle of wine once it’s opened or drink all the beer in the house once you’ve had one, it’s another sign you aren’t in full control of your drinking and you may have a problem.

  5. Drinking in Dangerous Situations – Drinking when you really shouldn’t—like before work, before you have to drive somewhere or drinking against your doctor’s orders when you’re on medication—is an important sign of problem drinking. Even if something hasn’t gone wrong yet, every time you do something like this you run the risk of serious consequences. Regularly taking those risks strongly implies that alcohol is the main priority in your life.

  6.  Neglecting Your Responsibilities – If you’re having problems at work, school or with your household responsibilities because of your drinking, you have a problem. Alcohol has crossed the line from an occasional indulgence to something that seriously impacts your day-to-day functioning.

  7.  Having Trouble in Your Relationships – This is closely related to the last point, but it’s in many ways more important. If your drinking is causing problems with your closest friends, your significant other or your family, it’s an indication that alcohol is a bigger priority than even the most important people in your life. These last two symptoms are general signs of any addiction, and might mean that your issues are going beyond the problem-drinker stage.

  8.  Being Able to Drink More Than You Used To – Tolerance is another key sign of addiction, so if you can drink more than you used to and need to drink more than you did before in order to get drunk, it’s a strong indicator that you’re becoming an alcoholic. It means your body is exposed to alcohol regularly enough that it has adapted to cope with it better.

  9.  Experiencing Withdrawal – Withdrawal is different from a hangover; it’s the reaction to the lack of alcohol rather than too much alcohol. If you start to feel irritable, tired, depressed, nauseous or anxious when you haven’t had a drink, there’s a possibility you’re going through withdrawal. Other signs include having trouble sleeping, losing your appetite and experiencing shakiness or trembling.

 10. Trying to Quit but Being Unable to – If you have realized your drinking is becoming a problem (or someone who cares about you has) and tried to make a change but have been unsuccessful, you should seriously consider finding additional help. Deciding to quit drinking shows that you understand the impacts it’s having on your life, but the fact that you’re unable to means there’s a big chance you’re struggling with alcohol addiction.
Posted by: Chimera
« on: May 25, 2016, 05:43:36 AM »

and i thought it was the Automobile
Posted by: koratbob47
« on: May 24, 2016, 08:48:00 PM »

No one in AA will ever call you an alcoholic -- that is a determination each person has to make about themselves.
I cannot figure out how to copy something into here so I will give everyone a link to a pamphlet that AA puts out called "Is AA for You?"  and there are 12 questions that people can ask themselves to see if alcohol may be a problem in your life ... [nofollow] .... just double click it and open it in pdf and see for yourself.

For me it took 3 wives , an impaired driving charge, huge unpaid debt and no self worth to make me realize that maybe the problem was me and not everyone else. Each person is different and each person must decide when and if they have a problem.

Thank you Koratfart for the opportunity to present the availability of AA in Korat. Meetings are also available in Thai in Pak Thong Chai. If anyone wants information or pamphlets in Thai I have them .. we have translated a lot of material into Thai.
Posted by: Baby Farts
« on: May 24, 2016, 06:43:49 PM »

Welcome to the forum Bob.  I think it's a great thing you're doing.  Many people I know are in self-denial.  Perhaps you could list some of the symptoms or habits that define an alcoholic.

Posted by: koratbob47
« on: May 24, 2016, 06:11:32 PM »

Thanks guys and I have heard all the "funny" comments and take them in stride... I used to say them before I admitted I had a problem. AA is ONLY for people who want to quit and usually they are having problems in their lives because of alcohol. I know I did but I was a very slow learner.
Moved to Korat back in 1989 and had been sober almost 19 years by that time and eventualy found others like me and now we have a group of us that meet and help each other stay sober one day at a time.
Like I said, if anyone wants to know how I stopped drinking I can help but if you enjoy drinking .. have fun but please do not drink and drive.
Meetings al over Thailand can be found at [nofollow]

Posted by: thaiga
« on: May 24, 2016, 02:36:09 PM »

Hi bob, welcome to the forum Tell us a bit more about your A.A. work, sounds interesting. just being nosy.

Tamun tun i take it you've gone back to work, or are you holidaying  8)  if your in Riyadh, easy on the keyboard :-[

Living in Riyadh: Expat View on Shopping
Posted by: sowhat
« on: May 24, 2016, 12:27:42 PM »

good work bob / welcome aboard / it's good that some people care, that's great

take no notice of the p/takers    :cheers
Posted by: Taman Tun
« on: May 24, 2016, 11:48:57 AM »

Hi Bob.  That is very good and necessary work you are doing.  I have an alcohol problem but I suspect you will not be able to help.  For the past year my drinking has been restricted to one three hour session per month at the airport in Dubai (Average weekly consumption approx. 1 unit).  I am looking for someone with a drone powerful enough to fly bottles of Leo from Korat to the Ishbilia Compound in Riyadh.
Posted by: koratbob47
« on: May 24, 2016, 07:45:13 AM »

If you drink, that is your business but if you want to stop - we can help. Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Saturday at 10 am in St Mary's Hospital. If you or a friend or relative has a problem with alcohol and wants to quit, we can help. Information in English - call Bob at 0857599448 or in Thai call Fon at 0990683447.

Thank you