Turns out, quitting drinking is harder than we think. Turns out, we rely on alcohol more than we think. Turns out, getting off of the booze elevator (that only goes down) is harder than we think. Turns out, we have a problem with thinking about drinking. Turns out there ARE sober people who’ve figured this out that we can learn from (be inspired from).
Turns out, trying to moderate is harder than just stopping entirely for a fixed length of time (let me suggest 100 days, and then you can go on from there).
Turns out, drinking isn’t compatible with wellness, weight loss, being present, reading a book and remembering it, feeling proud of yourself, waking with a sense of encouragement and possibility. Turns out, any amount of alcohol activates the ‘Drink Now’ voice in our heads.
Turns out that you alone in your head can’t sort out what’s YOU and what’s the booze voice making ‘reasonable’ claims. You know, reasons why you HAVE to drink (like you deserve it, like other people drink more than you, that no one has told you you’re drinking too much).
“I have to drink because I won’t be any fun” – as if over-drinking is LOTS of fun. Not.
“I have to drink because what will I say to people?” – as if saying you’re doing a 100 day (fitness) challenge would that be too unrealistic.
“I have to drink because my partner drinks” – as if you do everything they do, including shave your face.
“I have to drink because I’m not really an alcoholic and if I quit drinking people will think I have a problem” – yes, that’s it, keep drinking. Right. Makes perfect sense.
That you need some tools to help you with all that ‘thinking about drinking’ is normal. That you want to do it quietly and anonymously is also normal.
How about you don’t drink, because then you feel better. How about you don’t drink, because it’s congruent with who you want to be. How about you don’t drink for 100 days and see how you like it.