It’s been seven years to the day since I last drank alcohol.
When I quit, my intention was to go for 12 months without a drop. I made it through those 12 months, and then felt so good for it, that I instantly decided to just keep going.
It’s become rather trendy of late to make a big noise on social media about not drinking. We have folks seeking sponsorship for it, asking for a charitable donation if they can go 30 days without drinking. Dry month.Dry 90 days. We have this whole ‘one year, no beer’ movement, I think someone has even managed to make a business out of it.
That’s all good, good for them, I hope they are helping to spread the message to those who need to hear it.
When I quit, I did it for me, and for my loved ones.
No noise, no fanfare, no self-aggrandizing on social media, I just stopped poisoning myself, quietly, and started immediately feeling better for it.
I stopped for my health.
I stopped because I finally admitted to myself that my relationship with alcohol was not a healthy one. I would drink every day, and I was afraid of the thought of evenings going by that I was not having a drink.
If something had that much control over my thoughts, I needed to take charge of that situation.
I stopped to be a better father to my children.
I stopped to be a better man.
It was the right thing to do, one of the best decisions I have ever made.
If you’re looking for ways to improve your health in 2019, I encourage you to look at how you use alcohol. What? When? Where? How much? Why?
If you need any help, you know where to find me.