To drink or not to drink – that is the question

This blog post explores the impact of alcohol on the human body, and it provides guidance on how to break the habit of drinking. Although alcohol can offer temporary relief from anxiety, there are alternative ways to have fun without relying on it. The article offers practical steps to assist in quitting drinking and draws inspiration from the author’s journey. If you’re interested in learning about my biggest obstacles to quitting, be sure to read until the end.

Alcohol and health

Alcohol is a toxin for our bodies. Our metabolism prioritizes its oxidation over other nutrients. This substance is more harmful than cigarettes and can devastate your health and relationships. While minimal amounts, such as a pint of beer, can be tolerable and temporarily relieve anxiety, alcohol has no long-term health benefits. Consuming more significant amounts is always harmful, leading to negative consequences such as impaired fat burning and disrupted sleep if consumed less than 6 hours before bedtime. Additionally, alcohol negatively affects your muscle mass, memory, bone density, and overall health. It can even decrease your physical performance for up to a week.

Taking a break from strenuous physical or mental activity the day after drinking is recommended (sometimes even necessary) to decrease potential health risks associated with alcohol consumption. It usually breaks your daily routine and steals your precious time. That is why by abstaining from alcohol, you can also make more time for healthy activities, further enhancing your overall well-being.

Is it possible to have fun without alcohol?

To overcome the habit of drinking, it is crucial to find alternative activities to fill the void left by alcohol. Although it may seem less fun initially, it will pay off with better days ahead. Working on building self-confidence and accepting that not every activity needs to be entertaining can help.

Exploring non-drinking places and activities can also be helpful. It is possible to have real fun without relying on alcohol, but it may require some adjustment in terms of the people and places you visit. You can have real fun without it but live differently. It’s important to remember that alcohol often covers up boredom rather than creating enjoyment.

The first step is good motivation

Preparation is crucial when quitting alcohol. It is necessary to make a 100% commitment and write down your “Not Drinking Pledge”. Taking ownership and responsibility for your choices is essential rather than blaming others. Give yourself deadlines for preparation and complete abstinence.

Remember that alcohol doesn’t give you anything positive, but breaking the habit will be challenging. That is why shorter commitments with regular revisions to track progress can help. Returning to old habits is always easier than seeking alternative and healthier options.

Be the best version of yourself by embracing the discomfort of change. With time, the unfamiliarity will become a new comfort. Alcohol will never move you forward!

My Struggle with alcohol

I come from a country where drinking alcohol, mainly beer, is very common. Most of my friends consume alcohol in significant quantities. I feel the need to drink to cope with social anxiety, especially in crowded or unfamiliar situations.

However, I have experienced many negative consequences from alcohol consumption, such as memory loss and painful hangovers. Additionally, I have made poor decisions while under the influence, such as spending excessive money or arguing with close friends ( and this is just the tip of the iceberg…).

I once abstained from alcohol for over six months. I found that I had more energy for daily tasks and physical activities. However, I also felt bored at some social events. I even received feedback from friends that I had become dull and annoying by constantly talking about the adverse effects of alcohol.

Despite these challenges, I still consume alcohol, but I aspire to quit soon. I recognize that my lack of confidence is the biggest obstacle to my path to sobriety, so I am actively working on building my self-assurance. I look forward to a future free of this devil.

Tasks for you
  • ❔Think about your drinking cost (money, health, relationships).
  • ❔What is your biggest obstacle to your path to sobriety?
  • ❔Where /with whom can you have fun completely without alcohol? Is it possible to do such activities more?
  • Write your “Not Drinking Pledge” with deadlines. ❔How do you reward yourself if you manage it?
  • ✒Add weekly/ monthly revisions of your pledge to your calendar.
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