Back in May 2012, I made a conscious decision to stop drinking. I have had a couple of drinks since then in different settings (3 times to be exact), but for the most have been living a sober lifestyle. These are some of my observations over this period of time:
- A vast majority of the “free-time” activity of my age group (let’s say 25-32) revolves around alcohol. Not that we are in a constant drunken state, but the decision to do something typically is determined as to whether alcohol can be incorporated.
- Alcohol can pretty much be incorporated into anything.
- At first, I was worried as to how others would react to my sobriety. This was by far my biggest fear. It would definitely be a change for my friends from home, whom I had not seen since the previous holiday season. All were initially shocked but ultimately supportive of my decision.
- I have saved A LOT of money.
- It was a lot easier to dance, sing, and generally make an ass of myself in public when I was drinking. I am much more self-conscious in my sober state. Probably a good thing for me. Definitely less entertaining for those around me.
- It is nice to be able to leave at the end of the night, whenever I want, and not have to worry about driving. I really don’t mind being the designated driver because I know it is keeping others from doing something stupid.
- I am the “Pagemaster” when going out with friends. While they forget parts of the story/evening, I am there to fill in the gaps and remind them of all the details that many times they wish they could forget.
A lot of the questions I got from my friends revolved around the timeline of my sobriety. They were wondering if this is something that would continue in perpetuity or was a temporary decision. I am not quite sure how long this will go. I am happy with the decision that I have made. I feel healthier. My wallet is heavier. I remember much more. All around a great decision for me.