January 2019, I decided to take a break from alcohol.
I don’t see anything wrong with enjoying a casual drink with friends, sipping on a few beverages at an event or to unwind at the end of the day. I have a deep love for hoppy IPA’s and Japanese whiskey, so why would I want to withhold myself from that pleasure?
I started this alcohol-free experiment because I was at a point where I felt like alcohol was a necessary component to having fun. I wasn’t drinking in excess, or to a point where it caused me to be reckless, and I’m certainly not saying that I was an alcoholic. It just felt like there was an obligation to have a drink in my hand to “fit in”.
The experiment was successful for about 3 or 4 months until summer came around and I decided that I’d like to enjoy a beer for an event. That drink lead to picking up beverages for on weekends and events, casually working it’s way back into my life again.
My tolerance hadn’t really much, however, I was really noticing how awful I felt in the mornings, even after only one drink. It didn’t really matter if it was beer or whiskey either, it just didn’t agree with me, and I’m kind of happy about that. We shouldn’t have to have an excuse to tell people when we don’t want an alcoholic drink, but this gives me a good one.