Two months alcohol free and loving it!
I had my last drink on the 21st of January, which is my birthday. I’ve always been a loyal and enthusiastic drinker. But I was starting to feel less-than-wonderful when drinking. As someone who tends to feel blue at the best of times, this added downer was not good for my general well-being and state of mind! So I made the bold move of giving up the booze. I say ‘bold’ because I live in a society where people find it strange if you don’t drink for anything other than pregnancy or religion. (This article about alcohol-free drinks is really interesting. I’m obviously NOT alone!)
There are a lot of pros to being alcohol free. Here are some that I’ve found in the last two months:
- I have replaced drinking with exercise. I feel so much more energetic now. And my blood pressure has returned to normal.
- I have lost weight. Even though I still have some bad eating habits, they aren’t as bad as binges fueled by a bottle of sav blanc!
- It’s one of the best self-care moves I’ve made. For me it’s hard to be positive and proactive when drinking. And I can’t sleep properly either! Now I workout and sleep well, for the most part.
- I feel so much more creative and productive now! I haven’t blogged this much in years and have even started doing courses on Future Learn. Next year I’m also planning to start studying a new degree.
- I have realised that it’s possible to be sociable without drinking. When I imagined having a good time in the past, it always meant me having a glass of bubbly in my hand. Now I know I can socialise, have fun and then wake up fresh the next morning.
I’m not saying that I won’t ever drink again. But I feel that it’s the right thing for me at this stage of my life. Would you ever give up drinking?