What One Year of Not Drinking Alcohol Has Taught Me

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Drinking alcohol played a huge part in my life, from social events to having a glass of rouge whilst cooking dinner and listening to some jazz. Some drinking occasions became rituals like having a hot bubble bath with a glass of wine. Even drinking that one glass here and there felt like a thorn in my side and despite not being a heavy drinker (I just can’t handle drink at all), I still felt the need and want to rid it from my life for good.

A year ago to the day, I quit alcohol. I didn’t know what the journey ahead entailed because I had never decided to quit booze before. I’ve had long breaks for sure, but this time, it was different. I made a vow to never to drink again which was something pretty monumental for me.

I used to love a drink and I would often use drinking as a way to block out whatever was going on in my life at the time that I didn’t want to deal with. It also gave me a confidence I thought I never had – or so I thought.

By quitting alcohol, I have learned a great deal about society and myself and I wanted to share a few findings on my way and no doubt I will keep learning the more years I continue to live an alcohol-free life.

  1. Conversation Starter – people find the fact that you DON’T drink, weird! As a society, we are conditioned to believe this is just what people do and if you aren’t participating then you must be strange.
  2. Liberated  – to no longer be a slave to a substance is very freeing an liberating. Knowing I don’t need it or want it in order to enjoy life.
  3. More Confidence – by taking control of my life, this has given me more confidence in myself and has allowed me to step into my own light. The confidence you think you have when drinking alcohol is an illusion and absolute farce.
  4. Reduced Anxiety – I had been suffering badly with anxiety and I found alcohol was linked to this and since my anxiety levels are at 0-1.
  5. Weight Loss – I didn’t quit to lose weight, but it was a major factor in my latest weight loss. My taste buds changed and I don’t binge eat like I used to once I had a drink.
  6. Restored Memory – I was experiencing really bad short-term memory loss and this was also a symptom of my high anxiety. Now, my memory is pretty much normal if not so much better than it used to be.

Overall, it’s been the best decision I have made and one I wish I had made sooner. I’ve had more nights out since not drinking and have enjoyed them more than what I would have done if I had been drinking. It’s also a wonderful feeling to be able to drive anywhere at any time and also offer to be the designated driver.

I know quitting is not for everyone but if you wanted to read about my journey, there are a few posts you might like to read to get you started. I’m looking forward to the next year booze free and then next and the next for the foreseeable. It’s definitely the way forward for my life.

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