5 Years Ago Today I Was Drinking My Last Drink

Feeling just about as serene as the picture above, this is how I feel this morning on waking to realise that it is now 5 years since I gave up drinking. If you’d asked me 6 years ago how I would feel about giving up drinking, I’d have told you that for me it would never be possible, it was too entwined in my life, my friends and how I relaxed. Now I’m completely changed and for the better too. Giving it up let me throw away things in my life that weren’t important, and at the same time it let me attract things that were, like a wife and child.

5 years without a single hangover has been wonderful. No more lost mornings or days feeling completely wrecked, languishing around on the sofa because, quite frankly nothing else was possible. Since then my productivity rate has greatly increased. I get so much done now, at home and in work. Because this monkey is now firmly off my back I’m able to relax and do the things I want to, when I want to.

So by giving up drinking I ended up gaining so much more than I’d have ever thought was possible. The genie is definitely out of the lamp now, no chance it could ever go back. I don’t think about missing drinking, don’t harbour any reservations about going back to it, have just been fortunate to be able to walk away from it. I now believe the whole experience has made me so much stronger in myself, how I approach life and what I get back from it.

So roll on the next 5 years, and many more after that as well. I’m enjoying watching my daughter grow, and to do so through sober eyes is a gift from God.


Author: James

Sharing stories of recovery and strategies to help you keep sober. Visit my blog today - https://givingupdrink.home.blog

7 thoughts on “5 Years Ago Today I Was Drinking My Last Drink”

  1. Ive been dry for only weeks not years but reading your blog helps in my one day at a time battle .I can relate to the lack of hangovers and no motivation! Hopefully i can celebrate 5 years of being dry .Well done ,Really well done .


    1. Congratulations to u too Ron. I really hope that you build your weeks into months and into years. It really is a worthwhile journey we’re on.

      Keep in touch.



  2. I drink 2/3 pints every day and 12 cigarettes aday. After my very stressful situation I finding it difficult to face myself when I believe I keep going around in circles with my life. I want to become fit again like jodie marsh. Im not sure why I do these bad things to myself. Can u advise me plz??


  3. I was told “bring your dreams to AA”…I did and one day at a time they have all came to fruition.

    For you the best is yet to come, one day at a time…..

    Congrats to God and you.

    Love and light,


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