800 days off the booze

Today I am 800 days off the booze!  I don’t particularly like the word teetotal, but that’s what I’ve become.

I don’t in anyway want to push this way of life onto others, but I am so so glad I’ve given up the booze.  I remember when I was a student I used to be surprised when I heard that someone didn’t drink, and it took me 18 years to realise why (I think) they were right all along!

The benefits I’ve found from not drinking alcohol are so extreme, it’s so worth not drinking:

  1. You save heaps of money.
  2. You don’t get hangovers that last 1-2-3 days.
  3. You don’t waste days dying from hangovers.
  4. You find it easier to lose weight if you want to.
  5. You can exercise whenever you want (I find exercise relaxes me rather than drinking now)
  6. You are healthier.
  7. You don’t make a fool of yourself.
  8. You don’t feel guilty the next day for making a fool of yourself.
  9. You don’t put yourself in stupid / unsafe circumstances (ie walking home at 3am because there are no taxis around).
  10. You can still have a laugh without drink, and you remember everything you’ve done and said.

I started drinking socially at the very tender age of 11… (not much else to do where I grew up) and it became the norm for me.  Every weekend, I’d have a drink or two or twenty five. 

This continued until I was about 29.  I’d cut down a bit by then, maybe only having a few every weekend, but I’d still always have the odd binge, end up legless, forget what I’d done and make a fool out of myself.    Hell, I even broke my ankle when I was drunk and walked half a mile home on it (with some help)!!  And I didn’t remember one bit of it!

In 2009 just before I gave up, I was beginning to run and train more and realised that if I wanted to run 13 miles on the Saturday morning, I’d be better off refraining from having vodka the night before.  Not to mention the amount of weight I had put on in drinking more regularly.  Plus – I didn’t particularly like ‘Drunk Lorn’ and what she got up to.

I used to get pretty bad hangovers… knackered, feeling sick, sore head, but it was the last hangover I had that made me give up for good. 

People always say they’ll give up after a heavy night out, but I have no inclination whatsoever to go back to it.

It was my best friend’s 30th birthday party and I travelled up to Inverness for a house party with her and some of my old school friends.   The vodka was flowing and the chat was good.  We were up late and I consumed a lot of vodka (courtesy of some good hosts who kept refilling my glass).

I woke at 11am the next day with the thought of when I’d be leaving to go home.  I thought – only when I feel better.  (I used to drive home in that state when I was a student, but not that day… I’d grown up now and there was no way I was driving back to Glasgow in the condition I was in!)

I ended up being sick a lot that day… bile after bile after bile…. I drank some water to try and feel better.  It didn’t work.  I drank some irn bru to try and make it feel better…. then after the 8th time being sick (and getting laughed at by my friends might I add!) .. I tried some ice cold coke which seemed to settle my stomach. 

By 7pm I managed to get ready to drive home. I had a Burger King meal to keep me going and eventually got home late that night.  Not only was my whole Sunday ruined, but I felt like crap for the next 2-3 days.  I decided that was it for me.  No more.

Click the image below to see what effect drinking has on your body:

So how did I do it?

At the start we just stopped drinking alcohol.  Instead of beer or vodka, I’d drink diet coke or soda water.  I stopped going to pubs regularly and stopped having a drink at the weekend in the flat.  

Now it’s just become a way of life for me.  I laugh at people who are legless on a night out (or being sick in the street etc through drink).  I do go to pubs, but it tends to be for meals, or to meet friends and we drive there and drive home.

It seems like such a socially acceptable thing to do – go out and get absolutley annihilated, but it’s not the way we want to do things.  I’d rather have a good night on soda water and feel fine the next day… not to mention the amount of weight I’ve managed to lose (22lbs) and the money we’ve saved.

I’ve saved so much money  by not drinking that we’re able to afford two foreign holidays a year now!

It might sound crazy, but it’s true.  I don’t know exactly how much money we were spending on getting drunk, but I was able to afford a weeks holiday to Lanzarote PLUS a 10 night stay in San Francisco last year.  And this year, its been a week in Portugal and it will be 10 nights in Chigaco in September!

Here’s an idea of how much I have maybe saved:

Friday / Saturday night: Drinks, taxi, take away, hangover food = say £50 a week/weekend.
52 weeks a year = approx £2,600 savings in a year.
800 days = 2 years 3 months = £5,698!!

£2,600 a year roughly!!  Imagine what you could do with that!?

Now it’s come to the point when I don’t even want to drink.  Not for Christmas or Birthdays, not for parties or nights out.  I don’t care for it anymore. 

My health and fitness (and holidays it seems) are far more important to me!  😀

I can honestly say that I’m in the best shape of my life and although exercise has a lot to do with it, I think not drinking also has a big part to play too.  🙂

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2 Responses to 800 days off the booze

  1. bearrunner says:

    Congratulations!!! That is awesome to read 🙂


  2. Pingback: Does this booze blog have a mission statement? Year Of Living Sober

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