The most common question I get asked is ‘How do I feel?’ In this article I’m going to give you the story so-far and how you might feel if you’re thinking of giving up alcohol.
I know how pious and self-congratulatory it sounds writing about my non-drinking. But these articles resonate, people seem to like them and hopefully they might help those that are thinking of giving up alcohol. So I’ll keep doing them for now.
Oddly, I drink in my dreams. It’s fantastic, and I only drink the best believe me. Bollinger, Riesling, 2016 (Felton Road Block not available for sale in the UK) or Macallan 50 year edition. (James Bond’s whisky in Skyfall).
Today it’s 10 months since I last had any alcohol.
This month I even went to a wine tasting course, didn’t touch a drop. Back in the day I would have left that course hammered. The week would have been ruined.
I’ve even gone back and read some old blogs from press trips gone by. They read like a sh*t Bukowski memoir. Embarrassing.
So how does it feel giving up alcohol?
I’ve as yet to come up with an answer to please myself let alone the masses. Here’s just some thoughts on how you might feel if you’re thinking of knocking the drink on the head.
You’ll feel more in control of your bodily functions. The chances of pissing yourself in public will reduce themselves astronomically. I haven’t pissed myself once since I gave up the drink. You can take that fact, to the bank.
You feel great in the mornings after weddings, birthdays, poker nights, stag do’s barbecues, office parties, press trips, reunions. Think how many of those you have a year.
You’ll feel like a grown up. Ever wandered down the street with a bottle of beer in your hand looking like a chav wanker? You’ll never rock that look again.
You’ll feel like you can look at yourself in the mirror again. No more blood shot eyes. More than likely you’ve lost weight. You’ll still have hairs growing out your ears but that’s because you’re old.
Lastly, I will say that this has been one of the better decisions I’ve made in my life. I’ve had help along the way and especially from my missus who now has to endure me being righteous on a 24 hour basis.
Also I listen to a lot of podcasts from Alcohol Mastery which got me through the first month and I recommend you do the same.