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

  • Absolutely tired and fed up with non stop thinking about alcohol, so I’m going for the 100 day challenge. Been reading and researching for couple years now, too many days wasted because of heavy drinking the night before
    too many bad memories to call this fun anymore. Last drink was Saturday 30th April.

  • I will not drink for 100 days no matter what. I need and am ready for a life where I do not think about booze. I have people who will support me. My Day 1 is 3 May 2022

  • I will not drink for 100 days. No matter what! If the day gets difficult, I will not drink. If my kids push my buttons and I want to “unwind”, I will not drink. I will take lots of hot self care baths, go for walks, play with my dog more (his name is Bruno ❤️), read EVERY SINGLE DAY, but most importantly I. WILL. NOT. DRINK.

    Last drink was on my birthday. 4/27/2022

  • “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.”

  • Day 1 again!! I commit to 100 days sober.
    Just walked past the vodka section at the grocery store and didn’t stop. Off to a good start and a walk with the dog and my daughter.

  • Day 7. It’s not that there’s no anxiety, rather that it’s less intense, like it has less depth or charge. I no longer believe that moderation is acheivable. Alcohol is an addictive drug that I want to break free from. I will not drink for 100 days.

  • “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 think about drink way too much, the amount of times I’ve said I’m not going to drink anymore after ruining a beautiful day because I’m too hungover. I spent Tuesday on the sofa after getting black out drunk on Monday when my daughter had to clean up my sick and put me to bed. I’m 50 this year, I’m too old for this shit!!
    So….. “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 want to stop thinking about drinking. I want to be the best I can be without numbing my life with booze. I deserve this and so does my family. My date of last drink is 14th April 2022

  • Hello everyone, I have just found this support forum whilst reading, the unexpected joy of being sober. Lots of what Catherine Gray said I have thought and felt, particularly the voice in my head arguing about don’t drink, have a drink, god I haven’t got enough wine left.I have found it inspirational to read your messages, I have not signed up to the 100 day pledge yet. I feel frightened, but I am more frightened what my daily wine consumption is doing to me, which has been going on for years and years. I have tried to do this on my own but constantly failed.
    Jackie

    • Hi Jackie,
      I totally understand your comments and I’m also reading the unexpected joy, 10 days dry is my best for the past 10 or so years but constant reading and research on sites like these gives me the confidence to try for the 100 day challenge. Good luck.

  • I WILL NOT DRINK FOR 100 DAYS!!!!

    “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.”

  • This is Day One. I had 16 years sobriety and relapsed. It was terrifying. Now I need to do it better, more honest. I find it hard to share when I’m struggling. I can only do this through connection with others. Thank you for being here.

  • Entering day 20. The longest I have been without drinking since I did boot camp back in 1980. Blood pressure is already way down. Bloating is almost gone. Dropped a few pounds. Still getting cravings, but when I see how much better I am feeling, I push forward. See you in 80 days!

  • Day 1 (not my first Day 1) My dogs make my life difficult. I don’t know how else to say that – it sounds like I am blaming them for just being dogs. I am a single parent with a 6 year old and two adult dogs and as much as I love them, I feel like they make my plate overflow.

  • This is day 1 for me. I have gone 110 days without drinking in the past and I felt great. It was right before covid. I am an essential health care worker and even though it was a scary time, I did not drink. This time, I want to make it stick for life.

    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.”

  • Hi, 45 years young, 2nd divorce in progress… I look back at the last 10 years of my life and wonder where I went wrong. One thing I know is having started drinking xx in the park at 13 and coming from a family of alcoholics, it’s not normal to down a few xx and a bottle of xx a night. 15 years I’ve been continuously failing to “control” my drinking. I managed 26 continuous days of Dry January and slipped quickly back into the old habit. So today is my day 1 and I feel excited about the prospect of never having to wake up wondering what I did before I passed out, not feeling as though my insides have been punched, not tasting xx in my mouth when I wake and wondering if my colleagues can smell the booze on my breath – but one more thing I know is I can’t do it alone, support is essential.

  • On Saturday, I woke up wiped out and blank. It was the most glorious day outside – a crisp autumn morning – and I had the day all to myself. But I could do nothing because the hangover from six glasses of wine the night before left me unable to function properly; it wasn’t enough to wipe me out but certainly enough of a hangover to prevent clear sensible thought. I had been at an event the night before that I hadn’t wanted to go to, but that I enjoyed after the second glass of wine. Today is day two of my pledge not to drink for 100 days, to find out how many more events like this there are for me, that I can only enjoy once the booze kicks in. That is no way to live.

  • Day 1 … I have read multiple books on recovery since the New Year and am hoping that the more tools I have, the greater the success I will have. No good was coming from drinking. Not drinking feels like I’m free!!!

  • “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 have pledged.

  • Feb 19 2022

    Day 1 for me. Trying new supports on top of core ones this time.
    This the first time I have ever commented on any site on the internet. I guess it’s a kind of breakthrough foe me
    I intend to be in bed by 8 pm
    I so look forward to waking up to a teensy bit of momentum

    Susieguide

  • I’m on day 35 and feeling addicted to reading about not drinking, I guess that’s better than drinking. I’m almost obsessed with finding all the support I can locate, to the extent that I’m wondering if that is healthy or simply a part of this difficult journey. I’m tired of thinking about not drinking.

    • I too have felt like this at times regards reading about not drinking, for a few days at least…. Not followed the advice to write my daily experiences so can’t tell you when that has happened in my journey but I’m on day 71 today and don’t feel like that now. I presume it’s just part of the process…

  • Day 46. Cannot believe it’s been six weeks. Longest I’ve gone…ever, except for pregnancy. Feel like I’m in no-mans-land. Not sure what I should be doing with myself, so I suppose that means the goal remains the same-just don’t drink.