If you’re questioning your relationship with alcohol, it can be tempting to compare yourself to others.
I used to love reading dramatic, rock bottom stories about other drinkers.
I’d confidently reassure myself that things weren’t yet ‘bad enough’ for me to have to quit.
But that meant I overlooked some important signs.
I’m talking about the small, subtle ways that drinking makes life harder.
This is the stuff that really counts:
Drinking makes life harder in all areas
Having to act like someone who is well rested, happy and hangover free is tiring. It’s hard to sustain that kind of performance. If you’re a secret drinker, maintaining your supplies and disposing of the empties takes work. Pretending that you’ve not had a few drinks takes effort.
Maybe you’re unable to drive after a certain time or you avoid answering the phone. Perhaps you shop in different places in case someone notices, or you worry that you might smell of alcohol. The mental load of managing this is stuff draining.
Why this matters
As the saying goes, “Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realise they were the big things.” This principle applies here too. The examples outlined above may not be particularly noteworthy on their own, but the cumulative effect is soul destroying.
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