New Blog, New Challenge, and No Alcohol

“Why are you doing this?”

“Why do you take things to the extreme?”

“You just need to learn moderation”

“You aren’t an alcoholic, you don’t need to stop…”

These are some of the responses I’ve received after I tell friends that I’ve decided that I’m not going to drink for a year. They think I’m crazy, but they know this isn’t the first time I’ve tried to accomplish this feat. The longest I’ve ever lasted is 45 days. Why did I fail ? I found the allure of free alcohol too tempting and I was too weak to resist. After my failed attempt I felt pretty crappy for letting myself down. Therefore I’m going to “go for it” again.

One of the main reasons for starting up this blog is to document this year of sobriety. Just so there isn’t any ambiguity I’m going to clarify what a year of sobriety is:

no alcohol can touch my lips for 365 days

So why bother undertaking this “challenge”? Here are my reasons:

  • prove to myself that I have the will power to achieve what I set out to do
  • improve my productivity
  • improve my health
  • improve my memory
  • save money
  • and see if I can recover any brain cells lost to past drinking escapades

There are more reasons and I’ll probably get into them later. But the biggest thing for me is learning how to follow through on what I say I’ll do. Call it a confidence training session.

As July 4th is upon us I thought it would be fitting to start and end on Independence Day. This is my own Alcohol Independence day.

Starting Date: July 4th, 2007

Ending Date: July 4th, 2008

This means today is my last day to drink before I quit cold turkey…

Comments 1

  1. Dan wrote:

    Whats up man? I came across your site by doing a google of “Going out sober”. I can honestly say that everything that you wrote is exactly word for word what I’m trying to accomplish myself. The one thing that isn’t the same is that I lasted around 80 days opposed to your 41. If you go out, the best thing to do is to always have a cup in your hand so you don’t get the “Why aren’t u drinking?” question. Right now I am hungover from a weekend of drinking, and want to get back into the sober way of living once again. Let me recommend a book to you. It’s called, “The Easy Way to Quit Drinking” it will help you rationalize your thoughts in a more clear and concise way and it will guide you in times that you feel weak and want to drink again. Hope you stick to the year man. But, if you do accomplish your feat, why just one year? Why not do it for life? Easier said than done right? lol

    Posted 15 Jul 2007 at 7:02 pm

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