I know so many of us will be relieved to see the back of 2020. 

It’s been a challenging year in many ways. But at the same time, 2020 has also brought some important life lessons with it.

In fact, when it comes to booze and sobriety, there’s been a heck of a lot to learn from the past 12 months.

So before we rush to wave off this strange year, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on 6 things 2020 has taught us about alcohol free living.

Key points: 

1. We adapt to a new normal pretty quickly

Who’d have thought we’d get used to social distancing and wearing face masks? If you can find a new normal in the middle of something horrible like a global pandemic, then you can find a new normal in something amazing like sobriety!

 

2. We learned that drinking really doesn’t change anything

Drinking didn’t make coronavirus less scary. It didn’t make lockdown pass quicker or the US election less stressful. Booze is a favourite coping mechanism for many people, but 2020 has shown just how useless and unhelpful it is in the long run.

 

3. We really value freedom

When these restrictions lift, it’s going to be wonderful to do what we want, travel and meet up easily. So make sure you aren’t accidentally creating your own version of lockdown with alcohol.  Don’t let booze keep you chained at home, in a way of life you don’t like. 

 

4. Gin distilleries can make hand sanitiser

At the start of the pandemic, some gin distilleries switched to producing hand sanitiser because they already had the key ingredient: high strength alcohol. This was helpful, but it should also be a wake up call. We’re not meant to ingest something used for killing germs. 

 

5. We’re more resilient than we think

I know you’ve had 101 things to cope with in 2020. I know it’s been tough. But look – you made it. You can do hard things. So don’t tell yourself this nonsense about how you’re ‘not strong enough’ to quit drinking. You are awesome! 

 

6. We remembered what really matters

Not being able to see and hug the people we care about has been so hard – especially during the holiday season. It puts everything into perspective. So let’s remember what really matters at this time of year… because it isn’t the contents of your glass that counts. 

Ready to make a fresh start in the New Year? If you’re looking for help to quit drinking, click here for details of my online course.

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