Two years ago I made the decision to stop drinking alcohol. Simply, it's not good for me. How many times do you throw up in the bushes, or pee yourself before you recognize alcohol isn't your friend?
I'm an all our nothing drinker. It's a bottle of wine a day, or none at all. For me, there is no drinking in moderations. God Bless you if you can consume alcohol in moderation.
When I sat down and thought about it, I had 50 reasons to not drink, and just a few to consume alcohol.
Coming from a long line of alcoholics, I recognized the behavior and the likelihood that I myself was an alcoholic. I have years where I didn't consume alcohol, but each time I started up, in short order I would be drinking in excess.
What I've Learned Since Giving Up Alcohol
- I don't need it to be social.
- It made my anxiety WORSE.
- Alcohol robbed me of being present during important occasions.
- It increased my chances of having breast cancer. I had a lumpectomy right before I quit drinking.
- Weight loss is WAY easier!
- Not having a puffy face is fabulous!
- I haven't thrown up in two years!
- My confidence has skyrocketed.
- I've never been more myself.
- Being comfortable in my own skin means I truly don't give a shit what people think of me, good or bad. I'm just over here being me.
Sobriety isn't for everyone. If you can drink in moderation, which is defined as one drink a day for women and two a day for men, then more power to you. But, be aware that moderation doesn't mean risk free! Drinking at all increases your risk of certain illnesses, especially in women.
If you struggle with any health issues, alcohol is not your friend. Even a small amount causes inflammation. Even if I could drink in moderation today, alcohol would make me very sick, given the health issues I battle. I have chronic Lyme disease and two auto-immune disorders. For me drinking would be the equivalent of setting my own hair on fire.
Today I celebrate two years without a drop. Two years of getting my life back. Two years of getting to know and love myself enough to NOT do something that I know will hurt me.