Free Alcohol Can’t Stop Me

I’m proud to report that I’ve made it another weekend alcohol free once again. This weekend compared to last weekend was a lot more challenging in terms of temptation/peer pressure.

Friday, I had a some friends visit whom I hadn’t seen in a while. I told them about my “Sober Challenge” and once again I was greeted with the now very familiar “Why the f*ck you not drinking anymore?” question. Unfortunately, since it is a friend I can’t just lie and say that I’m dying and that if I take one more drink that it will kill me. This is definitely the shorter answer and the answer that gets the least amount of resistance. But, like I said it is a friend so I do try to explain my reasoning in doing this…the whole following through on what I say I will do, finding out how to have “true” fun, etc…A lot of times people don’t get it, and ask me why I bother “torturing” myself. I think it’s precisely because no one thinks it can be done that I want to do it even more. Anyway, that night my friend brought over a bottle of wine that I couldn’t share with him. Later that night we went clubbing where once again I didn’t drink.

I’ve found that since I can’t drink there, which in the past I’ve found has dulled my senses to the point where anything seems fun, I’ve had to come up with other ways to amuse myself. While there I took to trying out various social experiments. A new one I came up with involved standing off to the side in a hallway in the club. As young ladies would pass me by I would greet them with a friendly “Hi, how are you doing.” Mind you this was done in a non-sleazy tone–a tone that you would greet your grandmother with. Astonishingly, or maybe not so much to others, I found these young ladies not very responsive. Most of the time they would not even so much as look as you as they walked by. They would completely ignore me. I started thinking how bums have treated me better than they have. At least you know if you walk by a bum and say hi to him/her she’ll say something back. But these ladies apparently thought I deserved less attention.

Wanting to know if it was me or just what I was saying that made these ladies ignore me I decided to change up my tactics. Instead of saying “Hi” as they walked by I decided to play to women’s vanity and somewhat occasional materialistic side that I have sometimes perceived. As these ladies now walked by I said “Wow, those are some really nice shoes!” Of course I didn’t really look at the shoes and even if I did I wouldn’t know a good pair of ladies shoes from a crappy pair. However, it was interesting to note that now my ratio of responses had increased. I got a few “Thank you’s” and definitely a lot more acknowledgment that I existed as a human being as they would look in my direction. I guess there is something with girl’s and their shoes.

On Saturday I volunteered for Food and Wine Tasting Event sponsored by Project by Project (I’m too lazy to include the link). Here I unloaded boxes of food, served water, bussed tables, and handed out wine glasses to guests as they arrived. Since I was volunteering that meant I had free admission to the event. This meant I had access to LOADS of free alcohol–beer, champagne, wine, sake, fruity drinks, etc…It was a little difficult to turn it all down, but I don’t regret it. In the end they had so much alcohol left my roommate took a whole box full of beer and I grabbed a few bottles of wine and beer to bring home. The messed up thing being that I can’t drink any of it. Instead I only grabbed like a few bottles of Sobe’s Life Water, which is there vitamin enhanced water. They had cases of that, but I was stupid and didn’t grab much of that.

Do I have any regrets about not drinking? Nope. It was actually somewhat enjoyable. I remembered a lot more details of the night, I felt clear and alert, and felt confident that I didn’t have to worry about driving. The next day too I didn’t feel hungover or sleep in too much. Surprisingly, I’m finding I kind of like this feeling. I’m also starting to feel that even when going out sober that i still can manage to have a decent time. Definitely refreshing, but still there are some twangs of missing “the good ole’ days.”

day’s sober: 20
day’s remaining: 345

Comments 3

  1. Dan wrote:

    How did you do this past weekend?

    Posted 03 Aug 2007 at 2:45 am
  2. Ben wrote:

    Hey dan, I did well…another clean weekend…i’ll write an update soon. Thanks for asking!

    Posted 03 Aug 2007 at 12:17 pm
  3. Nic Wedlock wrote:

    I find it very hard to avoid drinking. Since it’s already part of my system, every time friends would invite me to go out and drink, it’s hard to resist. Well, it’s somewhat like a way of being bonded. Good to hear that you found a way to resist alcohol though.

    Posted 18 Jul 2011 at 10:52 am

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  1. From benji madden sophie monk on 16 Nov 2007 at 8:52 am

    benji madden sophie monk…

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