I was doing fine for 5 years. I was able to stay away from alcohol which became my life since I was 15. But then I fractured my foot about 4 months ago and although I took pain relievers, it was still very painful, so I started drinking again to not feel the pain. I continued drinking even after my foot was already well. I only got back to my senses when I accidentally hit my youngest son and he got a cut on his head. Now I'm on my 27th day of being sober. I hope this time it's going to be for keeps.
I'm happy for you that you were able to turn your back again to alcohol. I will soon celebrate my 1st year of being sober. It is not easy, but I can't go back to my old self. I've hurt the people I love so much. I promised myself I won't hurt them ever again.
I don't know you personally, but I'm glad that both of you are able to stay away from alcohol. I know it's not easy to do that when you've been drinking for so long. I only drink occasionally but my dad was a heavy drinker. He tried to stop but he eventually went back to drinking. That caused his liver disease which led to cirrhosis that caused his death. I miss him.