When you’re a problem drinker, you don’t realise how many negatives there are to drinking. It’s not until you actually stop that the penny drops.
The truth is, every day I’m thankful that I was able to quit drinking. I could list over a hundred things I don’t miss about drinking but here are some of my favourites.
What I don’t miss
- Never having any money
- Embarrassing myself at family events
- Losing jackets out on the town
- Beer belly
- Kidney pain
- Lack of motivation
- Never having any spare time
- Dodgy breath at work
- Sweating out beer at work
- Losing my wallet at bars
- Getting kicked out of bars
- Waking up and checking phone in fear
- Not being an active parent
- Making stupid drunk online purchases
- Sending dumb texts to the wrong people
- Really bad dancing at clubs
- Walking off on friends when out
- Sleeping all day on the weekend
The day I gave up alcohol, all of the above disappeared almost immediately. The only exception was anxiety which unfortunately is ever present although not as extreme. I also tried to make a list of the things that I do miss about drinking. The list was a lot shorter: I missed the feeling of release I got from drinking. In essence, that was the reason I started drinking in the first place. Working on getting release without alcohol is really important and I work on this daily. Thankfully that’s all I miss so I can put all my energy into it.
Now it’s your turn
Making your own list will be a big help for you in achieving sobriety. Even if you haven’t quit yet, it doesn’t matter. Simply write down what you won’t miss in a month’s time when you’ve been sober for 30 days. It’s a very motivating technique for keeping off the booze permanently.