Easier said than done though.
Every person that's had 'a night to remember' (or not remember) has made this comment:
"I'm never drinking again!" I wish I agreed with myself the first time I said this. It's so much easier said than done. I find myself constantly making excuses or exceptions to the rule.
The longest I've gone without a sip of alcohol was just over 4 months early this year. I was healthy and didn't waste days away with a hangover. I accomplished more tasks and felt more whole and complete.
Knowing this, I still don't know why I keep going back to the occasional drink with friends or on the expected weekends.
Alcohol is full of empty calories and encourages terrible eating choices.
In a conversation with a friend today she said:
"The drinking blues are areal thing. I swear...except even though I just said I wouldn't drink, I almost want to recant and say only drink when it's worth it and only out of happiness not just to make something fun or because it's expected."
Truthfully, I've had some hilarious encounters and unforgettable experiences that involve alcohol that I wouldn't trade for the life of me. Laugh out loud, are you kidding me, stories!
Hey, I've probably had enough of those right?
Maybe instead I should just live vicariously through TV shows and movies dipicting such behavior. Then I would avoid things like:
-Losing my phone in Europe
-Burning my MIL's carpet by snuggling with a straightener
-Getting a "no Service" bracelet at Oktoberfest
-Brawling with a security guard
-Broken glass lodged in my foot
Wine is the hardest part of this. I love wine. In fact, I'm in LOVE with wine! I could easily stop at a glass or two of wine if I had an exit strategy. Meaning: I can't go all night on wine so I'd need to be under the legal limit or have my own transportation. And honestly our bodies aren't designed to stay up that late anyway!
So in summary: I'm back to where I started. To drink or not to drink: That is the question!
What are some of the things you enjoy sans alcohol?
What's yoru favorite non-alcholic drink?
What group activities are your favorite?