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The Dinosaurs Did It

Experimenting with the paleo diet, she found herself drinking again

I had almost five years of sobriety when the thought occurred to me that it might be okay to take a drink; that enough time had passed to give it a try. I was away from home attending a conference for work and having a nice dinner in my hotel. Some months earlier, I had read an article about paleo-style diets. The author had been a problem drinker, but since switching to a more healthy diet free of complex carbohydrates he claimed he could have one or two drinks with no cravings. He said he no longer had the desire or need to drink multiple drinks! As I ordered dinner, I pondered the thought of trying just one glass of wine. After all, I too had switched my diet to a paleo-style one.

One drink with dinner that evening turned out to be a success, although I couldn't help but feel a bit guilty because I was a member of AA. The next night, I tried the experiment again, determined to prove that I could return to normal drinking, although I had never known myself to be a 'normal' drinker. I later came to realize that I was trying to prove Step One wrong. The second night's experiment didn't go as planned though. I didn't stop at one glass of wine. Honestly, I lost count and vaguely remember drinking at the hotel bar. I think the brand of wine was called "The Razor's Edge," which struck me as peculiar.

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