In July I made the decision to quit alcohol for a year. This was fuelled by a few reasons: all my socialising revolved around nights out drinking, the recycling bin never got a break from empty wine bottles and to be honest, I was just sick of it. Adverts came up on my Facebook feed for ‘One year, no beer’ and one of the bloggers I followed was doing it (she promptly gave up 2 weeks after I started and has posted pics of her drinking ever since). I thought about it, talked to my partner (who doesn’t drink) and friends and decided to give it a go. I thought I’d find it really difficult, that I’d miss drinking, not know what to do with myself on a night out, but I wanted to break the habit and went for it.
I’m now 20 weeks into an alcohol free life and it’s been much easier than I thought it was going to be. Having a goal of a whole year meant I didn’t have a count down until I could drink again, I just got on with life. People often ask me if I’ll go back to drinking after the year is up and whilst I have a ‘never say never’ attitude, I much prefer life without alcohol. I love that I can get in the car and drive anytime I like no matter what time of day or night. No hangovers! I didn’t often get hungover but the tiredness the next day that seems to accompany drinking in your 30s wasn’t fun at all. On the (rare) times that my partner and I argue, I know what I’m saying is because I actually mean it and it matters to me, rather than a feeling that’s been intensified and spoken aloud fuelled by alcohol. The best bit….. no hanging around waiting for busses in the freezing cold, late at night, because I won’t be able to drive later. Oh and life suddenly got a whole lot cheaper. A £5 note now covers a night out.
If you’d told me, even 6 months ago that I’d give up alcohol and consider not drinking again, even after the year is up, I wouldn’t have believed you. Having previously failed at Dry January, Sober October and giving up alcohol for Lent, I didn’t think I could do it. However, I think that life had just moved on for me. I was ready for it and it made quitting alcohol easy. For anyone who is doing Dry January or the First 100 Days (the first 100 days of the year alcohol free), I hope you find it easy, enjoy the perks of being alcohol free and if you’d like some support feel free to look me up.