December 21st, 2006 was the worst night of my life, but luckily for me it also turned out to be the best day of my life, after a massive hangover I decided to give up drinking there and then. From that date on I’ve not drank a drop of alcohol, and in doing so have managed to turn my life around completely. Now I’m married with children and have so much more energy than I ever used to have. I’m more positive than I ever used to be, and think I’m much more successful in life now that I’m sober and making better, clearer decisions.
This blog has steadily grown over the last couple of years into a collection of posts about my feelings since giving up, the 5 steps that I think it took me to overcome my dependence on drinking, and much more. What started out as a series of random tweets on Twitter has blossomed into this blog.
I’m amazed by the number of people that visit my blog, you are very welcome, especially if you decide to add a comment to the growing list of those that have. These comments are helping to turn this blog into a real community of people like you and me who either drink and don’t want to anymore, or who have managed to stop and just want to share their stories.
To say that the journey since December 21st, 2006 has been a long and difficult one is a bit of an understatement. It was hard to give up drinking, really hard. But I managed to do it, and kept my sanity, just! The tips and ideas that I picked up from others helped me, like building up a huge list of reasons not to drink, excuses really, but they all helped. So did the Internet, how did people manage to give up before the Internet was around?! I’ve found a ton of information that helped me, so did a couple of books including ‘A Piece of Cake’ by Cupcake Brown (Find on Amazon US/GB). All of these gave me inspiration, and I hope that I’m able to wrap that up and pass it on to you as well. Hopefully you’ll get inspiration to continue not drinking, or find the will power to give it up.
My biggest regret was not stopping drinking soon after realising that I would be better off without it. I was 21 when I realised that I wasn’t a very good drinker, but it took me about 15 years of trial and error to finally give it up. But I’ve more than made up for lost time since!
I hope you enjoy my blog, if you find it helpful please leave a comment, and tell others that you find on your way about it too.
Life is so short, why lose it in hangovers and shame. Have a clear head and live a sober life starting today.