sobriety as an experiment

from my inbox:

The Face: “I’m still just treating sobriety as an experiment. When I think about it like, ‘I’m just gathering data about when it feels like not to drink’ versus ‘I AM QUITTING FOREVER’. It’s actually kind of fun. I’m still very much in the closet to pretty much everyone about it, but it’s been nice to know that no one even notices when you don’t drink, so there’s not been much need to talk about it. I luckily have a friend who recently got pregnant and have been hanging out with her a lot and we’ve been brainstorming fun things to do that don’t involve drinking.”


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

  • It is a great way to look at it! I am not good at FOREVER (except with kids and husband) so this helps me.

  • This is a great way of thinking about sobriety. And it’s so true–I DO know what it’s like to quit for 20 days, or even for just 2 days–but what transformations, what insights can occur, with 100 or more? Gathering data indeed–I love it!

  • This really spoke to me. For the first time ever, I like the idea of sobriety as an experiment and one where I’m making good discoveries about how I can have fun without drinking!

  • I’m with you The Face. My drinking has been out of control and blogging has been my attempt at addressing it. Today is one month on and things have not been perfect, but they have been, largely, sober. I’m not looking to quit forever, but I do want a healthy and normal relationship with alcohol. Good to others are experimenting too!!

  • I like thinking of it as an experiment.
    Collecting data.
    It is fun to see what else one can do instead of drinking!