I can’t blackout and embarrass myself if I don’t drink!

When someone finishes 100 days sober, they often sign up for the 180 day challenge. When they get to day 180, the re-up for 365. I send out a copy of the new pledge, and ask you to edit to suit your particular situation. Here’s what Sooz (day 196) sent me for her 365 day challenge:

“Team 365

I’ve done 180 days, and I’m ready for more. My life has improved in so many ways, and I know that if I remain sober, it’ll just keep getting better. I am no longer dealing with problems by drinking as it only makes them worse. I can’t blackout and embarrass myself if I don’t drink! I can’t have a hangover if I don’t buy any spirits. I can’t make my memory worse if I stick to soft drinks. People are getting used to me drinking so social pressure is not an excuse.

Wolfie is quieter and I have no desire to wake him up.  I will not drink between now and my one-year-soberversary.  Not even if: my boyfriend drinks (EVEN during Dry January), I have to go into the hospital, the plumbing breaks, if anyone dies, if I am unemployed, if my boss riles me, or if my friends  pressure me with their “super fantastic you must try this home made fruit wine” antics. I will not drink. No matter what. I want to see what happens next.”


Reminder to submit your photo for the photography project 🙂 Due Monday.


Reminder that most of what i’m doing these days is going out by micro-email. Like my new secret writing project, the meetup in Paris and some amazing photography. If you’re not on the micro-email list, you can add your name here.


I want to put this online, to hold myself accountable. I want to document the noise in my head. I'm tired of thinking about drinking. date of last drink: june 30, 2012

  • I love this. Great job, Sooz! I can’t wait to be to the point you are. Thanks for inspiriring those of us who are earlier in our journey!

  • Great! Keep on that track…it does get better. Just remember, You are the only author that gets to decide how your story goes!