Deciding to go alcohol free is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made – there’s no way I’d ever give this lifestyle up.
But I’ve got to admit, sobriety isn’t always sunshine and rainbows 🌈
When you quit drinking, you start to notice some curious things. Not just about yourself, but about other people and life in general.
Being sober in a boozy world brings plenty of ups and downs – and some stuff is so strange you have no choice but to laugh.
Thinking about this inspired me to put together this weeks blog…
15 Things You Only Know If You Don’t Drink…
1. Alcohol is served in very strange places
You suddenly notice just how often you’re offered a drink in unusual places; at the hairdressers, with your pedicure, in department stores, at the finish line of charity fun runs. And then there’s wine yoga, paint and sip classes, boozy baby showers…
2. Filling out health questionnaires becomes incredibly satisfying
Who knew how much pleasure there would be in writing ‘zero’ next to the question about how many units of alcohol you drink each week?! No more trying to work it out on your fingers, halving the number and hoping your doctor didn’t expect to hear a truthful answer…
3. You miss the grown up glasses
Why is it that people who drink alcohol (and who are therefore rather clumsy, forgetful and accident-prone) get the fancy, real-glass glasses? And yet sober people often end up clutching a tumbler, or a plastic glass and a straw. Surely, it should be the other way round…
4. There are more alcohol free options than you thought
You have so many drinks to choose from now. It’s a pleasant surprise to discover that most decent bars and restaurants have a mocktail menu. These days, being sober does not mean making do with tap water or diet coke (unless you want to, of course)
5. You need a good sense of humour
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve order books about alcohol-free living on Amazon, only for them to arrive alongside some vouchers for a wine delivery service… 🤦♀️
6. Nothing good happens after midnight
The first few times you go out, sober, you’re determined to stay to the bitter end and prove to everyone that you are still FUN! But you quickly realise that all the good stuff happens before midnight, when people are tipsy-drunk but not annoying-drunk. This is when you realise your new superpower: you can show up, have fun and then drive home before things get messy.
7. Sober people are everywhere
“Everyone I know drinks.” In sobriety, you realise this isn’t actually true. We all have a habit of only seeing what we want to see, or expect to see, and it’s easy to miss the people in your life who don’t drink, or hardly drink.
8. It’s really hard to find birthday cards that don’t feature booze
Of all the challenges I anticipated dealing with in sobriety, finding a decent birthday card wasn’t one of them…
9. Recycling becomes a joy
Gone are the days when you dragged the heavy recycling bin out onto the pavement, wondering if the neighbours would notice how full it was. Or you discretely disposed of a few empties in someone else’s bin…
10. People love telling you how little they drink
“I’ll have one or two glasses during the week, a bit more at the weekend. Some nights I won’t drink anything at all…” When other people discover that you don’t drink, they often feel compelled to launch into a detailed description of how they really are a take-it-or-leave-it drinker, honest.
11. It’s hard to wear high heels for long periods of time
Is this just me? I think alcohol numbed my feet so I didn’t notice the pain so much!
12. You have much more free time in the mornings
When you’re not trying to disguise a hangover or work out who you drunk called / texted / ranted at on Facebook, your mornings suddenly seem a lot less chaotic.
13. Your weekends last longer
When you’ve been for a run, read the paper and had a green smoothie all before 10am on a Sunday, you realise just how much time was lost to drinking and recovering afterwards.
14. You save much more than you expect
You never really know how much alcohol is costing you until you quit. If you tend to buy a few bottles with your supermarket shop, it’s easy to miss just how much booze adds to your bill.
15. You’re braver than you thought you were
There is nothing quite like the feeling of doing the thing you thought you couldn’t do. Quitting drinking pushes you out of your comfort zone in a big way – and makes you realise just how much you’re capable of 😊
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