Well time for the first update during my sobriety challenge. Today is day 12 of total abstinence. So far I didn’t really feel the need to consume alcohol or cigarettes. Sure there were moments when I liked to have a beer. For example when my housemates started to get tipsy and developed a sense of humor that was slightly different than mine at that moment. But in general it wasn’t all that hard to not drink. Still the reactions of many friends were both touching and funny. ‘Stay strong’, ‘You can do it, I believe in you’. Guys, thanks a lot, but I am not dying of cancer, I just stopped drinking for a while. Not a big deal really.
So far the experiment is interesting enough. Apparently some people are really worried about my general alcohol consumption. Well, I was never a big fan of making a big fuzz about heavy drinking. Everyone that does should watch the Southpark-episode Bloody Mary from season 9. In a way like only they can, they point out that Alcoholics Anonymous is a cult and people shouldn’t jump to extreme conclusions whenever someone enjoys a good drink once in a while. At Lords of the Drinks we have always lived by two rules: never drink alone and never let alcohol be your only interest. We are into nature, history, sports, art, politics, you name it. We just believe that all of these things can be enjoyed even better with alcohol. Sadly a lot of people only see that last part.
Anyway, the first 11 days were easy. Actually I have to give some credits to the people who claim it’s best not to drink at all since I have far more energy than normal. I sleep only 4 to 6 hours and still I’m jumping around all day. But on the downside, being sober all the time is actually quite boring. So it’s clear this is not the way I want to live in the long run.
Also I now set myself a new goal during my experiment: quit smoking completely. We explained to you why alcohol and cigarettes go so well together and like many others I am one of those people who only smokes when he drinks. From experience I know it’s easier to keep myself from smoking when I’m on a streak. So I’m positive that even if I start drinking again soon, I will still leave the tobacco. Or maybe I decide to smoke anyway, just as I decide myself when I want to drink again. Cause we are able to decide for ourselves – without any cult – if we want to drink or not.