Just to make clear, it wasn’t due to addiction that I embarked on this journey of sobriety, but a true hatred of the next day hangover. My hangovers felt like they latest days and I hated not being at my best and most efficient however stupid that sounds.
Kicking the booze was not as easy as I thought, not because I felt attached to alcohol but the change in circumstance itself. in all honesty the people around me felt the effects more than I did.
I think the assumption is that if you are not drinking, you cannot have as much fun and while this could be true for drinking games, overall people actually forget after their second sambuca shot anyway.
Me and my friend put a bet on to see who could last the longest without consuming alcohol, I have since won this bet as he didn’t know how stubborn I can be to a challenge, but more because I was quite open about my dislike of alcohol anyway.
The hardest part
The hardest part about giving up alcohol is the social scenery. I think we get some wrapped up that to truly unwind (especially true in the UK) we need to be at the pub at least chatting over a beer or glass of wine. One thing leads to another and before you know it, you are six shots deep trying to dance to Man’s not hot.
Although I tend not to ‘hit the town’ as I once did, i wouldn’t not go out. infact i have been out completely sober. What you tend to realise is that it is actually quite funny to watch.
the bad side is, the conversation is absolutely terrible. I will rank this as the worst experience in the world, just below getting poked in the eye excessively. Trying to hold a conversation with a drunk person is like trying to speak to a fish, you both know you exist but truly neither care or understand one another anyway so what’s the point.
Have I noticed a change?
I think reading other articles on sobriety, shows you get better sleep, better relationship better this and better that.
have I noticed a difference? no not really. I think i could see i get better sleep, i could say i have better relationships but that could be down to anything, i haven’t noticed a change per se.
probably not what you expected to hear, however I think if I was to go back to the endless nights out and staying out until 3am in the morning, I would probably notice a difference if not just one sip would probably have me dancing anyway.
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My Name is Jordan Bambridge a 23 year old ambitious manager. I currently work in a UK University. I get really passionate about understanding not what people do, but why they do it. I am also interested in psychology in business and helping others succeed and reach their potential. You can catch me on Twitter or Instagram @JordanBambridge or by clicking below.
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