Monday, 29 January 2018

I Am Giving Up Alcohol For 30 Days...

If anyone knows me, they know I like a drink... and don't most people?

Ever since I can remember, alcohol has been a big part of my life. Whether that has been watching my family drink, drinking underage in parks (yes, we all did it), drinking in clubs at uni any night of the week and, now, enjoying a few in a bar or pub on the weekends - it's just always been there. I mean, one of my earliest memories is being so excited to have a 'sip' of my dad's pint! This definitely isn't just exclusive to me or my upbringing, in fact, it's more common than not for people in our culture to have a similar experience with alcohol.

So, let me get to the point. I've really been toying with going sober for a few months just to see what effect it has on my body and health. I tried to do it a few weeks ago when I just wanted to 'cut down' and where did I find myself Friday and Saturday night? The pub. So, that clever idea lasted all of about... 2 days? Then, I tried to approach it a little more seriously when I re-started my paleo diet. I had a bar crawl with my uni friends planned and I trialled telling my friends that I was going sober. The reaction was obviously not positive and they urged me to do it after the bar crawl, which I have ended up doing. 

The problem is, I'm 23 and there will always be another bar crawl or a trip to the pub or even the odd club still. I'm always going to have to resist the temptation and it is so hard for me to say no when everyone else around me is having a drink and relaxing. No one wants to be the 'sober friend' who just has to watch everyone get increasingly tipsy and I've never been the person to do that. I'm being completely honest when I say, I like a drink. I'm not thinking about going sober because I don't like feeling drunk or whatever, it started as a health thing and now, it's turning into something that I just want to prove to myself. I want to know that I can resist the temptation.

It is such a big thing to do for me. I don't think I've been a weekend (well, maybe the odd one) without consuming some form of alcohol since I was about 14! When you look at it like that, it's really scary... But why is it so hard? I'm not an alcoholic, I don't get the shakes if I haven't had a drink, I don't need alcohol to talk to people but I am genuinely more nervous to cut out alcohol than 'junk food'.

I honestly think it's a culture thing. I said to my dad the other day 'the problem is, when I go out with my friends it is to drink - we're just still at that stage of our lives' and he answered 'well it's a stage you don't get out of because it's exactly the same with me'. This really got me thinking about how drinking alcohol is just expected of people. I've never had to say 'no, sorry, I'm not drinking' before and I've not wanted to!

Anyway, during my 30 Day Paleo Reset, I am not allowed to drink alcohol but it is something that can be re-introduced in phase 2 or 3. I know I've got social 'drinking' occasions during those 30 days so it's going to take a lot for me to say no because I am really going to want to have a drink... but I'm going to do it because I've set myself a challenge and it's not forever. I'll let you know how I get on and I do think it'll be quite interesting to see how I feel and how hard it will be for me to say no. I guess, writing about it on here means I really can't do it. I'm hardly going to want to come back next month and say 'sorry everyone, I failed'.

Is drinking alcohol regularly an age thing, a society thing or is it not a problem? I'd love to know your thoughts and if any of you have had to abstain for a certain amount of time - I'd love to know if you have any tips!

P.S. today is now Monday (the start of my 30 Day Reset) and so the no alcohol has begun (I wrote this post on Friday) and I'm feeling optimistic and excited to see the benefits... if there are any!


1 comment

  1. I've been T Total before, for about 6 months. I felt so amazing, more energy, better sleep, better skin...everything. It also pushes you to learn how to relax naturally when you go out to socialise. And any good friend shouldn't be pressuring you to drink. There is such a stigma around it and you get a lot of 'oh the boring one'. But honestly I went to clubs and bars sober and it was fine. I also saved a lot of money doing! I don't even know why I started drinking again but I dislike more now than I did before. :) I look forward to seeing how you feel after a month! xx


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