21 Things I Don’t Miss About Drinking

//21 Things I Don’t Miss About Drinking

21 Things I Don’t Miss About Drinking

problem drinker on the street

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

  1. Never having any money
  2. Hangovers
  3. Embarrassing myself at family events
  4. Losing jackets out on the town
  5. anxiety from drinkingBeer belly
  6. Anxiety
  7. Kidney pain
  8. Lack of motivation
  9. Never having any spare time
  10. Dodgy breath at work
  11. Sweating out beer at work
  12. Losing my wallet at bars
  13. Getting kicked out of bars
  14. Waking up and checking phone in fear
  15. Not being an active parent
  16. Making stupid drunk online purchases
  17. Sending dumb texts to the wrong people
  18. Really bad dancing at clubs
  19. Walking off on friends when out
  20. Nausea
  21. 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

list of reasons to quit drinkingMaking 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.

2017-12-29T14:51:25+10:00 December 29th, 2017|Resources|2 Comments


  1. Donna October 4, 2018 at 8:57 am - Reply

    Im a 39 year old woman.And have fallen off the wagon I had been sober for years and started back drinking,one beer turned to two then three and so on.Ive been arrested problems in my relationship hanging out all night not caring about nothing.But,recently I stopped drinking and a lot of my problems I caused has stopped.I just feel so bad I was clean for years then fell off the wagon.At times I tell myself what a waste of being sober all them years for a few months of drinking.It makes me want to drink but I tell myself don’t go to the liquor store and buy no alcohol and I don’t.I want my life back and I’m taking back my life.No more alcohol for me no matter how loud that voice in my head that says one beer won’t hurt,but I know it will.#Staying Sober:)

    • Wisequit October 4, 2018 at 9:07 am - Reply

      Thanks for your comment Donna and congrats on all those years of sobriety. Try not to be too hard on yourself – you’re only human and we all make mistakes. Keep your mind on the present and enjoy your sober life 🙂

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