Tras un año sin probar el #alcohol algunas conclusiones.
_ No tener resaca después de una fiesta es una maravilla.
_ Duermo mucho mejor.
_ La sensación de estar siempre consciente de todo lo que me rodea, es brutal.
_ Si salgo, me acuerdo de todo ;P
_ Mi forma física ha mejorado.
_ Es muy interesante poder ver la vida tal cual es, sin filtros.
_ No beber es un acto de rebeldía
_ Tu fortaleza mental se incrementa
I never thought I'd make it this far but part of me wonders if it's worth it considering all of the hate and terror organizations out there and no rights to our own bodies. The men, the Christian's, and the nazi groups, I'm scared to leave the house; might be a good time to pick up drinking again.
Great start! You got this now!
7,918 days sober for me, and I assure you it is worth whatever it takes to stay sober. I still have many days when I have to tell myself "No. Not today. Maybe tomorrow." My wife & I have been married 60 years, and the past 22 years of sobriety have by far been the best!
I got 1/4 through a Shirley temple before i realized it didn't taste right
I was served an alcoholic drink when I asked for a non alcoholic drink
245 days of sobriety just got ruined and it wasn't my choice 💔
I'm struggling to fight the urge to start sobbing in the club
I have two good friends that I have known my entire life. We went to high school and college together. I recently started my sober life journey. Since I quit drinking, we don't hang out. In fact, not at all. They know I'm not drinking, so I think they stay away out of respect. But it hurts, because I miss them. I don't miss drinking, but I miss them. Any outing would include alcohol because it's just what we do. But it doesn't make it any less lonely. #sobriety #soberlife #soberjourney
My mate Jimmy Thistle, finishing up 100+ mile walk for a local charity Motiv8 https://www.motiv8.im/ around the Raad My Foillan (Way of the Gull), the coastal path around the Isle of Man.
The physical challenge is impressive enough (particularly in the recent heat), but the mental challenge to keep putting one foot in front of the other is only bettered by the challenge to stay sober for over 1000 days.
Well done mate. I salute you. Nothing short of heroic.
Today I'm celebrating 6 months alcohol free!
I'm not sure if he will see this, but I would like to personally thank @gbosslet. He was brave enough to share his own story on the bird site. This inspired me and I reached out to him personally for help. He recommended a couple books to read and what worked for him. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer and help a complete stranger.
Saw a dream last night where I woke up in a slight hangover and heard from my friends that I was partying with them and actually drinking the whole night. I had been having some special sparkling wine that a customer offered and found good strong imperial stouts in a local pub.
I was horrified. Why did I do that?
I woke up, this time really woke up, feeling groggy, grabbed my phone, checked my long forgotten Untappd account.
It still said: "The best 0,0% beer in the sauna. This might be my last check in, because I've decided to stop drinking poison (ethyl alcohol). I don't need to tell you why. Everyone should think why drink, NOT why not to to drink. Adiós!", dated 23. August, 2020.
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Yesterday I was in a pub all night up to the closing time at 3am. A friend asked me: "Are you still sober?". I was kinda surprised about the question and the follow up questions "Yes, and I haven't thought of the subject at all since the last time you asked about it last summer."
So, the follow up questions like "Is it difficult?" and the statements like "How brave", I respect that" got me thinking. Why would it be difficult or brave? I've been sober for almost 3 years and it's who I am. I'm not addicted or suffered from it so for me it's neither especially brave or difficult. I appreciate the sentiment though.
Let me tell you a story.
Couple of years ago I was a craft beer enthusiast and, sommelier for a restaurant and a rather successful craft beer blogger on the rise. I had tasted over 5000 different beers. Sounds like fun? Well, it was, until it wasn't.
I drank from 4 to 15 beers during every week. On regular work days I rarely drank. Never in the morning. I always tasted couple of beers, often a bit more. Those beers were from 6 to 15 ABV.
I never considered myself alcoholic, but nowadays I know it's not even a proper term. Every user kinda is alcoholic, it traps you. You get sheer joy of a though going for a pint with friends. But I learned alcohol is bad for you whether you like it or not. I had always known that but I started to understand it over the years.
This is a long story, but back in 2013 after a binge drinking incident I suffered from a year long dissociation. I have GAD already and started my second time in therapy. I decided to stop spirits. I wonder why didn't stop all together, but I thought beer is different. It was my hobby after all and I didn't want to kill my hobby.
Years went by and I liked tasting different beers. My anxiety worsened over time. I really didn't like about the fact that even one beer made it so bad. I had considered quitting alcohol for years.
Then, one day after a pretty bad hangover I decided. This is it. I will no longer drink. That day was 9th of August, 2020.
I used alcohol quite "normally", even though I know today you simply can't use alcohol "moderately". There is no moderate way to jump off a cliff. Alcohol ruins everything.
I recommend books by Allen Carr, Craig Beck, Catherine Grey and Annie Grace. I read all of them and more. We should start treating alcohol the same way we treat smoking. It's harmful and we know it.
There's more to this story but I'm happy to lead a sober life. During these couple of years free from substances I've been healthier and felt better than ever before in my life. My childhood joy, curiosity and focus is back on track.
I am thinking of cutting out alcohol this year - maybe completely (although I am not sure about that). Mostly because of some health problems, but also because I think I drink to reduce/escape stress in my life, often caused by social situations. That doesn't seem the best way to deal with stress (especially given the health issues).
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Things haven’t been going the greatest lately, but hitting this milestone does help to put things into perspective.
Life can really suck sometimes. Five+ years ago it really, really sucked. And then I got sober.
As a recovering alcoholic, this is one of the greatest achievements of my life.
Over the last five years I lost my dad, Covid hit, I was laid off, I was trying to figure out how to live after my ADHD diagnosis, I lost my 21 y/o cat, I battled major depression, and the US and rest of the world continued to disintegrate.
I wanted to get drunk many times over the last five years, but I didn’t. I even ended up sitting in the liquor store parking lot several times.
But as bad as I wanted to drink, knowing the consequences of reopening that door was motivation enough to not do so.
If you (or someone you know) are struggling with alcohol, I understand what you’re going through and am more than happy to chat with you about it.
It’s not easy and really is one day at a time.