I haven’t had an alcoholic drink since the 16th of July.
I didn’t really drink a lot to begin with, I’d probably have one with a meal out. So this isn’t me admitting I have a problem.
It also wasn’t something I planned. I hadn’t picked a date like you would when quitting an addiction, it was just a spur of the moment decision.
I’d been in the lakes with Hayley, Zac and Christopher and on our last day we had a yummy picnic next to the lake and Hayley and I shared three bottles of Brothers Toffee Apple cider. It was delicious!
However the next day I had the most horrific pain over my eyes and it lasted for two days. This has happened before but I’d always thought it was due to a number of factors; lack of sleep, not enough water, not enough to eat.
These weren’t relevant this time and so I can only assume that the alcohol is to blame.
In the past it has set off monstrous migraines, other times it has just been the manageable eye pain, either way I have decided that it is just not worth it.
I’m not resigning myself to the ‘dry life’. I may well have a drink again in the future. Maybe at Christmas. Then again I might never have an alcoholic drink again. Does it really matter?
Some people look at you like you’ve gone mad when you tell them you don’t drink, or they assume that you’re pregnant or seem to think it’s acceptable to make out that you’re boring. Well if you need alcohol to have a good time then you must be pretty boring without it.
I can still enjoy myself without having a drink and at least this way I’m not suffering for days.
This isn’t about me being all high and mighty and thinking I’m a better person because I don’t drink. Two of my best friends have very little blood in their alcohol system. And I still love them and I’m fairly certain that they don’t care if I drink or not.
I’m not preaching, you carry on with your pints and your cocktails and don’t for one second feel that you shouldn’t have a drink just because someone else isn’t having one. Have that drink, hell have 12! (Please drink responsibly)
I have just chosen to stop consuming alcohol, mainly to stop my head from exploding!
Don’t ever let anyone make you think you’re not good enough.
Follow your dreams right now! Don’t wait until tomorrow,
next week, next year. Stop planning, start doing 🙂