THE STRUGGLE IS REAL Y’ALL!!
2016. The year I embarked on a no alcohol journey. Now, I know saying I gave up alcohol makes me sound like I’m an alcoholic, but really I’m not. Well, I think I’m not. I just decided that since I am not making any concrete 2016 resolutions, I might as well give up something. Not permanently of course. Just for a year.
This was also inspired by a guy who wrote about how he gave up alcohol for about 30-40 days and what his experience was like. except I took it a tad bit further by making it a year. I am clearly very ambitious with this.
Okay so the major reason I am actually giving up alcohol, or rather taking a break from it is because I was so dependent on it for a while last year. My choice of poison when I’m home is sweet wine, red or white, doesn’t really matter. But then I stumbled upon Lambrusco and I haven’t drunk anything else since (when I’m home that is).
I sort of used alcohol as a coping mechanism and at some point was downing a whole bottle of wine by myself on a daily basis. I didn’t think this was out of the norm of course-because hey, reasons to drink of course. But then when I had doctors appointments, I would basically just tell them I am a social drinker and have like three glasses of wine in about three months or so clearly flat out lying. When I realized this, I took a step back and cut back on the wine drinking. And now I sort of have it under control. I think.
Hence my decision to stay from it for a whole. Now, we have only been in 2016 for 15 days so far and this has already proven to be a challenge. I broke my one year alcohol free challenge minutes into the new year! So I decided to embark on this journey starting the 11th which was this past Monday.
So far, I have maintained four whole days alcohol free. Yay me! And then of course my friend decided we are doing dinner tonight and hitting up Thalia Hall (bars) in Pilsen-well one bar but you get the point*.
It definitely is going to be a long hard year all things considered. I am a social drinker. I don’t drink to get drunk, just up until I get that buzz and enjoy being social for the few hours I am buzzing. Soon as it wears off, I’m back to grouchy old me.
And I have sooo many social events already planned for the year. This will hopefully teach me some self discipline which I consistently lack especially when it comes to taking care of myself mentally, physically and emotionally. Wish me luck y’all! I need it!!!
I made it without any alcohol! And I wasn’t even mad. I had fun. But if this was any indication of what this journey will be like, it will definitely be a long year!!