With some secondhand motivation from a Facebook friend, I have now been alcohol-free for 60 days. This is a streak that I intend to keep intact for as long as I can.
I should say that I am not an alcoholic, although I’m sure that’s what most alcoholics would say. I have never been a “day drinker” (well, the obvious exemption for college is in order here), and I don’t *feel* like I have a physiological addiction to alcohol. But, I know that the mental addiction is there. As much as I don’t like to admit it, I must confess that while getting my girls through their “bedtime routine”, my mind would certainly be looking ahead to that first delicious IPA, or that soothing first sip of whiskey.
Simply put, at 42 years old, I can no longer handle the negative effects of alcohol. The physical toll that booze brings to my body has become such that I simply need to go in the opposite direction. I was feeling constantly fatigued, sleeping poorly, and just being a bit of a grump.
As a father of two young kids, I am committed to doing my best to live a longer and healthier life. As a husband, I owe it to my wife to be the best person I can be. While I’m certainly doing this for myself as well, the positive impact for my family will be worth 100 times the enjoyment I get from a little buzz.
I’m not here to be all preachy, and I certainly won’t become “that guy” to all of my friends who do drink. Trust me. No one likes that guy. But for me, I now have to view alcohol as a poison that will ruin my body, and I can’t justify any good reason to harm myself any longer.
Much like when I quit smoking cigarettes 10+ years ago, I have to stop “cold turkey” in order to succeed. I know that I am not very good at “just one drink”. Therefore, it’s all-in for me. There is always a chance that I might slip, but I’m going to do my best not to fail.
I don’t intend this post to be some “holier than thou” proclamation. But in sharing this publicly, I hope that this will help someone else who might be in a similar situation. When my FB friend shared her story, it rang true for me, and served as the push that I needed to face my own situation. They were the right words at the right time.
I know that Facebook can be a mess of political posts, food pictures, and silly cat videos. I’m hoping that with this post, maybe just one of you might be inspired to make a change for the better. Maybe it isn’t alcohol, but maybe it is cigarettes, or soft drinks, or a lack of motivation to exercise. Whatever it is, please feel free to reach out to me if you want some help or just some motivation. I’m still working on this, and while it gets easier every day, it’s always there.