Hello, my name is Bill and I'm a.... blog writer. Gotcha, you thought you knew where I was going with that first line, didn't you? That's kind of the reason for my self-imposed departure from drinking. You see, the opinions of my friends, relatives, co-workers, and blog readers matter to me, and of late, they were connecting me and drinking and sometimes excessive drinking together a little too easily, and I didn't like it. Now anyone following this blog, my exploits on Facebook, or me
There was no "aha" moment that led to this decision, but there were a series of them that helped me to this choice. I'm to blame right off the bat because I celebrated my drinking exploits loudly to everyone. Here's a quick test to illustrate my point...
1. Name my favorite alcoholic spirit (type and brand)
2. What is my favorite mixer?
3. Where's my preferred spot to be on a Friday night in summer?
4. Name 5 bars that I frequent.
I'd be surprised if most people don't get these answers right, because I talk about these things a lot and maybe to a fault. If I asked similar questions about other aspects of my life, they wouldn't be as easy to answer, for example.....
1. How many boys in my Scout Troop?
2. What is my job title and area of responsibility?
3. Name 3 books that I've read
4. Name 3 TV shows that I follow
How did you do? That's why I'm taking the blame, I'm a victim of my own poor PR campaign. I
Back on point, some people had mentioned my drinking, my "need" to drink as much as I did sometimes, and I was even mistaken for being drunk one time when I was completely sober, which
made me take a step back and analyze my behaviors. My wife and I had a candid discussion of my habits and hers, and we both decided we could do with a scheduled departure from drinking and we arbitrarily picked the end of the year as the target and that was 8 weeks ago. I've had planned periods of sobriety before, I've given it up for Lent a few years, 2 years ago I went the first 45 days of a diet without it, and every weekend I dedicate to Scouts is alcohol free, including the week this summer that I went to Jamboree, but this is the longest time that I've chosen to not drink. It' s a long enough time that I am also looking at how drinking and not drinking may affect my chronic arthritis too and I am looking forward to this experiment.
It's been going smoothly so far, but I can already see how alcohol has become a habitual part of a lot of my outings. I was in Canada recently with a peer, and it just seemed weird to not drink with him in the evenings, and frankly I miss my bar time overall. As an extrovert I get edgy if I don't have a large amount of social interaction each week, and this is where I had traditionally sought it. I still
So that's the sober truth of this little experiment and I'm looking forward to the last few months of it and what we can discover. I pride myself with looking for ways to improve and this falls right in line with that thinking. So wish me luck with the rest of this journey, and not for nothing, if you need a DD, I'm likely available, Cheers.