Reasons to Quit Drinking

The fact that you're here means you probably know, deep down, that you ought to quit drinking. Am I right?

But the idea of it is terrifying. Booze has been your best friend for years. You use it to celebrate, to commiserate, to wind down, to gear up. All you can see is year after desolate year stretching ahead of you without a drink.

Well, stop thinking like that right now. What you're about to discover is that there are very few, if any, good things about poisoning our bodies day in, day out. And there are LOADS of amazing things about stopping.

Here are ten of them. I've given you the headlines, but there's a link after each one to the full post if you want to read more.

1. You'll lose weight

I know it seems shallow putting this one at number 1, but it's a great bonus! After ten months off the booze I've lost twenty pounds - and it's still coming off - without dieting at all!

BUT, be warned, it takes a while to kick in, so don't despair if you lose nothing to start with, or even gain a bit.

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2. It's fashionable!

It's easy to imagine that sober people, or teetotallers (don't you hate that word?) are really boring, worthy people.

Not true! Going sober has never been more fashionable, with advocates like Anna Wintour, David Beckham, Bradley Cooper, Jessie J and many, many more.

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3. You'll live longer

Drinking too much doesn't just damage our livers, it also makes you WAY more likely to have a heart attack, stroke or get cancer. I know. I was diagnosed with breast cancer seven months after I quit. My only (remaining) vice was alcohol....

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4. You'll be happier

You probably don't believe that right now. You think you drink because you're unhappy, but actually it's the drink that's making you unhappy.

There is a well proven link between alcohol and depression, because alcohol messes with our brain chemistry.

BUT, it's fixable. All you need to do is stop.

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5. You'll rediscover your mojo!

Can you remember your mojo?

Well, quit drinking and not only will you get thinner, but your skin will glow, your hair will go all bouncy and shiny and you'll have boundless energy.

You'll look five years younger, and find that you've suddenly got a spring in your step...

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6. You'll be a better parent

Alcohol makes us lousy parents, doesn't it?

Quit drinking and you'll be more patient, more present, and have more energy.

And if life throws you lemons, you'll be able to protect your pack, and keep them from harm.

Plus, you'll be a great role model!

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7. You'll have more friends

We worry that quitting booze will lose us friends, but the truth is, drinkers make lousy friends.

We're selfish, boring and boorish, we're unreliable with arrangements and secrets. Eventually we look around and notice that our only friends are other big drinkers, and there are fewer and fewer of them.

Quit drinking, and you'll find that gradually your social life widens to include all sorts of amazing people.

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8. It's easier

Not easy, obviously, but easier. Easier than constantly trying to cut down, to moderate. You know how hard that is, don't you? All the broken promises and self hatred.

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9. You'll get stuff done

When you drink, your world contracts until you spend an inordinate amount of time with just you and a bottle. When you quit your world expands and you get stuff done.

You de-clutter, take up hobbies, find a new job or a new partner. Your whole world changes. Just wait and see....

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10. And lots more...

So many little things, that all add up to a huge transformation.

You'll sleep like a baby, learn to love mornings, lose your fear of police cars and cashiers, you'll be richer, stop worrying about your breath, about people taking your photo, about what you said or did last night.....

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Are you convinced yet? If so please read my page on advice for newbies.

And GOOD LUCK!

17 comments:

  1. God I want to experience this new, sober life! Thank you for writing this, it inspired me tonight.

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  2. God I want to experience this new, sober life! Thank you for writing this, it inspired me tonight.

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  3. Im on day 5 and all of these things are true already. you need to be present and available in mind to fight this wolf! good luck to us all. xxxxx.

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  4. Im on day 5 and all of these things are true already. you need to be present and available in mind to fight this wolf! good luck to us all. xxxxx.

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  6. After a lot of soul searching I have decided to quit starting with Go Sober for October which I am using as my starting point. This post has given me some real motivation and inspiration. I'm looking forwad to my new life! Thank you.

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  7. On day 9 and so far so good. It’s a battle in my head every day but I am determined to beat this. I too finished breast cancer treatment 7 months ago. Love your blog and I can’t wait for your book.

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  8. I am on day 18 and feeling really good. This post is such a great motivator! I discovered your blog last night and I am reading it from the beginning. Thanks for sharing your story with humor, truth, and humility.

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  9. I quit on December 3rd , of 2017, I was having horrible panic attacks after drinking, so i would keep drinking to make the panic go away, then it turned into depression and so on, the first week or so after quitting was horrible, shakes, sweats, panic etc. but now all seems to be going well.

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  10. I quit on 1st Jan and must admit I am finding it hard going as my husband is now drinking the gin and not really being much support, I am however determined to go it alone and have bought a really big selection of soft drinks to trial. Not too keen on the cloudy lemonade so today trying lime & soda water which is better because it is less sweet. I was a dry red wine drinker.

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    1. The seedlip (pretend gin) is quite good. You can have a ‘gin’ together but yours will be booze free.

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    2. I’m on Day 9 of Dry January. It’s going ok so far but my husband hasn’t cut down either. In some ways I don’t mind as I feel quite smug, but on the other hand I do feel slightly resentful. I’m hoping the longer I stick at it he we start to scale back a bit too. I don’t expect or want him to quit altogether but it would be a huge boost if he were to cut down by way of support.

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  11. Day 9 done ✅. In bed, face washed, night cream applied, teeth brushed. Book, hot chocolate and hopefully a good nights sleep ahead - feeling good.

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  12. I have done dry January every year for the last 10 years and never struggled to do so, in fact I have actually looked forward to not drinking. If I am honest with myself I have looked forward to having an excuse not to drink. I am one who drinks beer in a pub and not much at home; I would strongly advise anyone who is doing dry January, or attempting to stop completely, to keep a record of the number of drinks they would have had if they were drinking in January. It is both shaming and 'sobering' both habit wise and financially. I do still go to the pub with the same regularity but drink lime and soda; to my shame it is only the 18th January and already I would have drank 73 pints (£250). I heard your radio interview earlier in the week and the statement which resonated with me most was being 'better at not drinking at all than moderation'. I am hugely undecided as to what to do at the end of January other than reduce my consumption considerably or totally.

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    1. Well done you. I am putting £10 in a jar every day I don’t buy wine. I’m in Day 18 and gobsmacked and excited what the actual real cash that I would have spent by now looks like. And this is an underestimation cos it’s just what I would have spent on wine in the house, I’m not taking into account anything I would have spent going to the pub after work !

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  13. Must admit, I loved having a nice glass of chilled Petit Chablis whilst I was cooking (I always insisted on cooking from scratch because of health reasons ironically!) The problem was, the chilled glass of PC also went with the meal, after the meal and in front of Netflix. I found myself agonising on which activity to have my wine and I am hoping to be free of that now!

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