100 Day Sober Challenge

Are you interested in doing the 100-day sober challenge?

​Here’s the pledge:

    “I will not drink for 100 days.  No matter what.  I can cry, but I will not drink.  I can go to bed or go home early. I might feel distressed … but I will not drink.  Bad things might happen, but I will not drink.  Incredibly shitty things may happen to someone around me, or my neighbour, or my friend’s friend’s grandmother.  But there will be no booze.  Funerals? Weddings? Amputation?  I’m not drinking for 100 days no matter what happens … No matter what.”


OK, now what?

When I was trying to quit, I had many day 1s. It wasn’t until I got more support that I started to do better. 

It's not like we can do this alone in our head.

The drinking voice is just too convincing and it ‘sounds’ like it’s making sense (when really, that voice is bullshit, but it takes some outside cheerleading to figure that out).

And the cool thing about the internet is it’s more anonymous, which can really help, at least to begin.

There are two ways to do the 100-Day Sober Challenge

​1. ​With Support

​​If you'd like a live-human, sober penpal ​and get personalized, direct responses to emails, then you can sign up for the Sober Jumpstart. ​All ​​​levels come ​with a ​sober penpal (me!).

You can email me every single day, ask questions, rant, whine, and get cheerleading. ​And yes, we remain sober penpals for a whole year. ​I'll keep track of your dates, and remind you when it's time to get treats.

If you’re like me, then you’ll will do better with accountability and cheerleading. Me on my own, I couldn’t get more than 9 days in a row. Then once I added in support, things changed. The sober penpal is part of the Jumpstart here.


2. Self-Administered

To do the sober challenge on your own, you can write out the pledge above and make a note of the date of your last drink.

Find ways to add in more tools and supports. The more you reach out, the more sober tools you add, the easier you’ll find it. Read sober blogs (mine and others) every day 🙂 And be sure to sign up to get daily sober motivation emails below.

Belle

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

  • My drinking has been out of control for some years now. I really want to stop. I drank nearly a xx of xx on Friday secretly and missed a whole weekend. I can do this, I know I can. It’s just so bloody hard!

  • Day 12. My name is Jane. On day 1 my husband served me divorce papers. I was drinking mini bottles of xx and hiding them all over the house. My 10 year old daughter would find them (unless I drank them in front of her and said “don’t tell daddy”). I’m wanting with all my heart for this time to stick. I am here for accountability. I want to save my family, my dignity, my life. I almost drank last night. The voice in my head returned. I told myself all the reasons I should not drink. Thankfully, it worked.

    • jane, if you can quit for 12 days, you can quit for 30. you can go to bed at 8 pm if required. 7 pm if required. being sober is worth whatever you have to do to get it … hugs, belle xo

    • “… take a shower, wash off the day. Drink a glass of water. Make the room dark. Lie down and close your eyes. Notice the silence. Notice your heart. Still beating. Still fighting. You made it, after all. You made it, another day. And you can make it one more. You’re doing just fine.”
      ― Charlotte Eriksson, You’re Doing Just Fine

  • Day 1. I have 1 year, 3 months, 22 days free from another substance, which was (is) my main drug of choice, but alcohol is also an issue that I’ve held onto like a lifeline, not ready to actually be sober. I’m tired of wanting it, wanting to stop, feeling like crap, and hurting my body. Quitting the other drug was such a positive game-changer, that I know things will only improve if I truly commit to sobriety.

  • Hi. I’ve just started reading Belle’s book. I’ve read many, many others and I’m still drinking. The longest I’ve gone without a glass of wine in the last few years is probably only a couple of weeks, and that was due to the fact I was going into hospital for surgery. I too have that shitty voice in my head that drains me constantly. It’s encouraging to know I’m not the only one, and I suppose that’s why I’m here. Today is day 1 I’ve got nothing to lose, so I’m going to give it a go 🙂

  • So it’s Sunday Morning, 9 Jan 2022. I have just slept for 12 hrs and still feel tired! Am finding I am sleeping really well but at the moment it’s taking me a while to wake up properly too! Overall feeling great doing this Sober Challenge though and didn’t crave for a drink last night for the first time all week! 😴😊

  • Day 5. There’s been a lot of Noise in my head…. I’m not listening though… I am not drinking! 100 day sober challenge!

  • Day 4. Last drink 1/1/22. Have had so many day 1’s. I’m sick and tired of virtually killing myself for a disapearance into a black out for stuff I hate the taste of. This time round I have told my workplace about my problem and they are giving me support. My husband, he doesn’t drink at all. Therefore he’s not happy with me as I am not either. I hope with the help of AA and the book and your support I can do this! Let’s do this!
    Dawn x

  • Last drink was on December 28. I was planning to do Dry January anyway but ended up having to take an antibiotic so started earlier … I’m so tired of thinking about drinking-which is how I arrived at this site in the first place. My husband is not a drinker. He has about 2 beers a month and he doesn’t even THINK about it. I am always in awe of this. Like he doesn’t go through the “how much wine do I have? That’s not even enough for a full glass. I should skip tonight. Yes i’ll do that. No, I can’t do that, I’m having such a bad day, I deserve it. Am I drinking too much? What if I get cancer from drinking all this wine? I won’t get cancer, I don’t drink THAT much..” and on and on and on..It’s exhausting … I wasn’t sticking to my own rules anymore and i’ve had it. “I will not drink for 100 days. No matter what. I can cry, but I will not drink. I can go to bed or go home early. I might feel distressed … but I will not drink. Bad things might happen, but I will not drink. Incredibly shitty things may happen to someone around me, or my neighbour, or my friend’s friend’s grandmother. But there will be no booze. Funerals? Weddings? Amputation? I’m not drinking for 100 days no matter what happens … No matter what.”

  • Day 9 of my 100 days. Still going strong. Although today instead of Ghirardelli caramel squares I had dark chocolate sea salt caramels from Trader Joe’s 🤪

    I’m busy teaching a college class and studying for a grad exam, so I don’t have a whole lot of time to think. But, I am making time to exercise, eat well and get lots of sleep. Tomorrow I will attempt to add meditation to the mix. I feel like I need to quiet my mind more and relax into myself.

    I’m making progress slowly…

  • Today is day 1, Jan 3rd 2022. I was an essential worker during covid and I noticed I started hiding drinking from my husband on the weekends to deal with stresses of my job.
    After seeing so many others struggle in my family lately, I want to make the 100 day pledge & also invited my sister to join with me. Thanks Belle for all you do for everyone !
    Let’s make 2022 amazing because we are truly present for the good, bad & the ugly. For our patients, families, spouses and more importantly, Ourselves!
    “I will not drink for 100 days. No matter what. I can cry, but I will not drink. I can go to bed or go home early. I might feel distressed … but I will not drink. Bad things might happen, but I will not drink. Incredibly shitty things may happen to someone around me, or my neighbour, or my friend’s friend’s grandmother. But there will be no booze. Funerals? Weddings? Amputation? I’m not drinking for 100 days no matter what happens … No matter what.”

    Let’s do this 🙂

  • I really have had my fill of being dragged down by the demon booze. It was very far into my life. Last drink December 30th. At the moment I feel relieved and calm. Just read The Naked Mind and also The Sober Diaries (wow) and drank whilst reading them, all the while wanting not to so it was a relief to stop. So here we go! Good luck to one and all. Let’s do it.

  • Day 2, so far so good. Wolfie very quiet yesterday (day 1), and then there he was in my dream last night, he’d got me buying wine in a shop before I boarded some kind of spaceship (that apparently had no booze onboard) as I purchased xx I heard a voice in my head (mine I guess) saying “you don’t need the wine, you don’t drink anymore….”and then I wake up…and I feel good I’m day 2 sober and I feel light and alive ☺️

  • I am ready to be sober for the next 100 days. I have a growing list of tools and supports. Looking forward to feeling better and better.

  • My last drink was @ 11:30p last night; I had a 40 day streak and started up again during the holidays….

    I will not drink for 100 days. No matter what. I can cry, but I will not drink. I can go to bed or go home early. I might feel distressed … but I will not drink. Bad things might happen, but I will not drink. Incredibly shitty things may happen to someone around me, or my neighbour, or my friend’s friend’s grandmother. But there will be no booze. Funerals? Weddings? Amputation? I’m not drinking for 100 days no matter what happens … No. matter. what.

    I also pledge to have compassion for myself, support others and seek support for myself when needed.

    Happy New Year – 2022!

  • I will not drink for 100 days. I was 50 in November. I’ve drunk problematically for 30 years and I want the battle over.

  • Here I am again on day 1.
    January 1 is a good day to begin. Any day is a good day to begin. A whole new approach to life will allow me to become a better person, reach my goals and get healthy while I’m at it. What’s not to love about this challenge? So here goes….
    “I will not drink for 100 days. No matter what. I can cry, but I will not drink. I can go to bed or go home early. I might feel distressed … but I will not drink. Bad things might happen, but I will not drink. Incredibly shitty things may happen to someone around me, or my neighbour, or my friend’s friend’s grandmother. But there will be no booze. Funerals? Weddings? Amputation? I’m not drinking for 100 days no matter what happens … No matter what.”
    Happy New Year to all of you struggling with this demon. Let’s crack it together!
    Megamegs day 1

  • My last drink was December 20th. I drank right up until midnight. I am doing the solstice to solstice challenge. I will not drink for the next 180 days. I reread the solstice guy’s post in the email you resent out for the winter solstice. I also find something magical and motivating having the entire universe behind me. Today is day 7.
    Baby steps 🙂

  • December 24, 2021. So many reasons to quit drinking.
    Pages and pages of reasons, dealing with both physical and emotional health.
    Reason doesn’t have much to do with it, though.
    So my new (borrowed) mantra is that I can drink or I can feel better.
    Am grateful for Tired of Thinking About Drinking, a book that resonates on so many levels.
    Wishing us all a merry, happy, and healthy holiday season and 2022.

    “I will not drink for 100 days. No matter what. I can cry, but I will not drink. I can go to bed or go home early. I might feel distressed … but I will not drink. Bad things might happen, but I will not drink. Incredibly shitty things may happen to someone around me, or my neighbour, or my friend’s friend’s grandmother. But there will be no booze. Funerals? Weddings? Amputation? I’m not drinking for 100 days no matter what happens … No matter what.”

  • Yesterday, December 22,2021 was my first sober day to begin my pledge to not drink for 100 days. No matter what. I can cry, but I will not drink. I can go to bed or go home early. I might feel distressed … but I will not drink. Bad things might happen, but I will not drink. Incredibly shitty things may happen to someone around me, or my neighbour, or my friend’s friend’s grandmother. But there will be no booze. Funerals? Weddings? Amputation? I’m not drinking for 100 days no matter what happens … No matter what. There are a gazillion things going on that would normally be triggers to pour oodles of booze over. So this is exactly the time I need to be totally present and be the adult that can be in charge if called upon. I have a doctor and her caring nurse that have helped me start this journey and am certain I can rely on them for support throughout this journey. I pick this as my HARD!

  • My last drink was December 19. I started this 100 day challenge on the solstice- an email from Belle talked about this day 12/21/21 or 21/12/21 as a significant day and it resonated with me. I have been trying to quit for 10 years and have had literally 100s of attempts. Usually only a few sober days at a time but Oct 2019-April 2020 I got to 7 months. It was wonderful, magical, I’ve never felt so good in my adult life yet still I threw it all away. This 100 days will be a new beginning. I know Christmas Eve and day will be very hard, my Wolfie will come up with a million reasons why now is not the time to start- “wait until the new year” “you need/deserve wine to deal with your in-laws”. I’m not going to give in and will do whatever it takes. Leave the room, go to bed early, read, listen to music, I will not drink no matter what.

  • Sundance here … last drink 10.31.21– “I will not drink for 100 days. No matter what. I can cry, but I will not drink. I can go to bed or go home early. I might feel distressed … but I will not drink. Bad things might happen, but I will not drink. Incredibly shitty things may happen to someone around me, or my neighbour, or my friend’s friend’s grandmother. But there will be no booze. Funerals? Weddings? Amputation? I’m not drinking for 100 days no matter what happens … No matter what.”

  • I pledge 100 days of continued sobriety starting today, Dec 18th 2021. I can take naps, eat icecream, go to be early, tell everyone to make their own dinners and say no to anything that makes me feel overwhelmed. No matter what for 100 days at least I will not drink. I deserve to feel good and alcohol no longer feels good, if it ever did. My longest sober time was 15 months and it was so good. Getting off the elevator again and while it maybe harder this time it is so so worth it. Hugs

  • I am putting this out there to hold myself accountable. I want to remember how hard it was to get through the initial month and all the ups and downs on the way. I want documentation reminding me why I won’t go back to late drunken nights and hungover workdays.

    It’s day 10 and I already feel like my friends are dropping off. I desperately want to find a community to connect and bond over something besides alcohol. I desperately want to love myself, and feel connected to nature. I want to seek out deep, close relationships that are mutually beneficial and healthy.

    I will not drink for at least 100 days, no matter what!
    Date of last drink: December 4, 2021.

  • Well ive beaten my personal best… day 7 no drinking today.
    May need to hold off on sober treats though . Have replaced calories with chocolate …and yeste5day, a foot long subway.

  • Day 40. Seeing a dear friend tomorrow for lunch. We have a long history of a lot of drinking. I’ve been thinking of all the “excuses” for not drinking with her. But I don’t need excuses, right? It’s my choice and I choose to not drink. Please think of me everyone and say Not Today. Thanks.

  • “I will not drink for 100 days. No matter what. I can cry, but I will not drink. I can go to bed or go home early. I might feel distressed … but I will not drink. Bad things might happen, but I will not drink. Incredibly shitty things may happen to someone around me, or my neighbour, or my friend’s friend’s grandmother. But there will be no booze. Funerals? Weddings? Amputation? I’m not drinking for 100 days no matter what happens … No matter what.”

    I’m going through a divorce. Alcohol is what destroyed my marriage. Drinking is making the separation ten times harder.

    My sober date is December 9, 2021.

  • Last drink December 4, 2021: I am tired of feeling hung over, out of energy, lonely, depressed and basically a prisoner to alcohol. It is my best friend and partner with myself, my fiends and my family. It’s what I look forward to after a stressful day at work, travel, socializing, cleaning, almost everything involves alcohol. It’s my comfort and my enemy. It creates security and anxiety. It allows me to socialize, be someone else, hide my true self, lay in bed, eat crappy food, and drink again the next day to recover from the day before. Alcohol is full of opposites that I make ok in a world of what is supposed to be normal. I’m tired of feeling this way. I want to be free. I want to live life and accomplish things. I want to stop thinking about alcohol.

  • Sober date: December 7, 2021. I will not drink for 100 days. At least. I’m tired of rolling the dice. I’m in an abusive relationship and I drink to cope but I also use it as an excuse to remain in it. A clear head helps me to navigate my way out.

  • Last drink was November 20, 2021. Today is day 15. Here because of Kristi Coulter’s interview épisode on the HOME podcast. Seeing others’ comments brings me to tears. Thank you.

  • So im joining you wonderful people who have decided to escape the alcohol matrix and I pledge to not drink for 100 days.
    Date of last drink : 4th december 2021.
    Ive also had many day 1’s and the maximum I have done is 5 days…thats right, just 5 🙈.
    The Wolfie voice is telling me that I can’t do this at all let alone do this at Christmas and …in January…you must be joking right? Thats my birtuday month…how can I do a Christmas without prosecco, a birthday without wine?
    I really considered putting this off until the new year…and then maybe February after my birthday …but there’s always a tomorrow.
    Like Belle says in her book…we can only choose to not drink TODAY!
    So to make it real I’m blogging it ! Today!
    And do you know what Wolfie? Its precisely BECAUSE its Christmas that I can do this now. This Christmas I want to have the energy to play with my children I want to go for cold, boxing day walks kicking through the leaves instead of nursing a headache and being a ratty, tired, grumpy character until the booze starts flowing again.
    So bring on my first booze free Christmas …and birthday…for 24 years 🙏
    I wish every one of you reading this and being brave enough to do this challenge every good thing!
    Thank you Belle for creating the blog.
    Every time there has been a great occasion in your life , its because you were there , not because the alcohol was there.
    Much love xx

  • “I will not drink for 100 days. No matter what. I can cry, but I will not drink. I can go to bed or go home early. I might feel distressed … but I will not drink. Bad things might happen, but I will not drink. Incredibly shitty things may happen to someone around me, or my neighbour, or my friend’s friend’s grandmother. But there will be no booze. Funerals? Weddings? Amputation? I’m not drinking for 100 days no matter what happens … No matter what.” Last Drink December 3, 2021

  • “My last drink was Sunday, November 28th. I will not drink for 100 days. No matter what. I can cry, but I will not drink. I can go to bed or go home early. I might feel distressed … but I will not drink. Bad things might happen, but I will not drink. Incredibly shitty things may happen to someone around me, or my neighbour, or my friend’s friend’s grandmother. But there will be no booze. Funerals? Weddings? Amputation? I’m not drinking for 100 days no matter what happens … No matter what.”
    That voice doesn’t need drink too win me over, yes he wins when I consume a drink but he’s been at me since the previous Monday until I finally gave in on Sunday. My friends although great, influence leppy “my wolfie”. I know it’s not there fault as it’s my own and I make my own decisions, sometimes I’m not me, lippy is in the driver seat. He’s so convincing I believe its me. I had the spare room this weekend as she couldn’t look at me Because lippy won again. My family won’t talk to me and I failed my driving lesson today the 30th of November 2021. If I had of fought lippy id have been sleeping in the same bed as my girlfriend, not fighting with my family and be on my way to get full licence tomorrow. I can’t do this dance anymore I have to kill leppy once and for all. So I will not drink for 100 days!!!!!

  • date of last drink: November 26, 2021. I can’t keep letting alcohol be my medicine, my entertainment, my constant attempt to avoid reality and actually face my thoughts and feelings…maybe even try to like myself? I cannot moderate this. There is no moderation with alcohol for me.

  • “My last drink was Sunday, November 21st. I will not drink for 100 days. No matter what. I can cry, but I will not drink. I can go to bed or go home early. I might feel distressed … but I will not drink. Bad things might happen, but I will not drink. Incredibly shitty things may happen to someone around me, or my neighbour, or my friend’s friend’s grandmother. But there will be no booze. Funerals? Weddings? Amputation? I’m not drinking for 100 days no matter what happens … No matter what.”

  • Today is day two for me. I’m scared of what might happen if I drink again. It’s just not worth it anymore and I’m putting my family/friends through it all.

  • My last drink was on Saturday night I commit to 100 days sober and hopefully many more . My goal is to never drink again .

  • DAY 17. Going out for dinner with friends who like to drink tonight. I’m going to avoid drink and enjoy waking up tomorrow feeling great.