Keep in mind that if you know you have a problem (enough to be on this blog) and you don't stop drinking, and you develop stage 4 cirrhosis, you could spend your life savings and go into debt (possibly the rest of your life) trying to get back on track. In order to get a liver donation you have to go to AA, so you might as well either accept the idea of a miserable death, OR: Quit NOW, save your health and good looks, and be one less drunk driver on the road. There are plenty of morons on the road who are going to keep on driving drunk, and they will hit and kill people, and entire families will be devastated, because of one idiot. Don't be one of those people! Jake said he's relieved not to be drinking anymore, and he is extremely grateful he never killed anyone while driving after one too many.
Jake got pulled over for having a DUI once, about 10 years ago. He had to pay a fine, got his license suspended, had to go through a lot of classes, and do community service work on the side of the freeway, picking up trash and trimming shrubs (though he said he actually enjoyed the tree trimming).
One thing I want to point out about Jake is, he has always had a very humble and appreciative attitude about what he's been through. When he told me about his DUI, he said half the students had a horrible attitude and seemed to do everything they could, in order to NOT pay attention during class, not follow the rules (some would show up drunk and got kicked out), and when they had to pick up trash on the side of the road, some were hiding in the bushes just to try to keep from doing any actual work. This kind of attitude gets people nowhere and I would imagine most of these numbskulls are still out there getting DUI's and not taking responsibility for their actions. Good luck with that!
Jake has said many times that he is truly grateful that he never hit and killed anyone, and he even appreciated GETTING the DUI because it made him extremely careful about driving. I have to say, every time we went out for a drink, since I've known him, if he had even the slightest idea that he could be over the limit, he would not get behind the wheel because it was too much of a risk. I always really admired him for that. I am very proud to be married to a man who takes responsibility for his actions.
Being sober is a great way to NEVER, EVER even have to worry for one second, that you might be a hair over the limit, even if you feel fine. When you really haven't had a drop of alcohol all night, you just know... you're good to go. And it's a great feeling. I hope you can get there someday, too.