One Year Booze Free

Archive for the month “December, 2011”

Level one of the abstaining from drinking game?

….less than 48 hours until my abstinence begins. I’ve been really looking forward to my clean living. And had some great news that in January my friend (let’s call her N) and my partner (let’s call him A) are going to be joining me.

However, my first obstacle has come forward for January Friday 13th. I have just received an email saying that my boss is flying over to the UK office from America to work with us for that day. He ended the email suggesting we all go out for drinks. This may sound like nothing to you but this kind of socialising is very important – especially when your boss is Russian.

Know what I mean? Slight loosening of your inhibitions. Better banta. Share a night of laughs and more importantly prove you can hold your vodka.

I’ve decided to see this as the first test to my year of giving up. Will I be able to do it? Will I still be fun without it?

Will report in two weeks.


About last night

Text from R: Fancy meeting at the pub on the corner?

Text from me: Not really up for drinking tonight babe. Got loads to do tomorrow.

Text from R: We don’t have to drink, just would ne nice to catch up.

Text from me: Ok. Awesome. See you there 5.30 pm.

5 glasses of red wine later (and a shot of Tuaca) = pissed.


The Daily Post

Topic #337:

Write about your oldest friend. Where did you meet? When did you become friends? Why do you think your friendship has lasted for so long?

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Where do you go to be brave?

Here’s a corker from The Daily Post  – designed to give you inspiring questions for your blog

The full question read:

Where do you go to be brave? Is it your home? The gym? Your journal? Where is the place you are bravest? When are the times you are the most brave?

Where do you go to be brave?

To find courage to do something and be brave, comes from within. You psych yourself up, don’t you? It comes from a little voice in your head that says, “I can do this.” or “I will do this.” And building that feeling of determination in your heart.

It’s about mustering up enough will in your gut to do something epic or scary. Not to mention visualising that you’ll do it, in your head.

When are the times you are the most brave?

We am most brave when we have to be. It’s that simple.

Yet many of us have so far to go. I bet we would all do with being braver and stronger when our virtues are tested. Don’t you? Kinder, more patient, more understanding… all things we can build on. On the other hand, we all have the power to be brave souls – you probably have a higher pain threshold than you realise. I hope yours is never tested.

The Daily Post

Topic #334:

Where do you go to be brave? Is it your home? The gym? Your journal? Where is the place you are bravest? When are the times you are the most brave?

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Some reasons why I don’t want to quit drinking?

  • All my friends drink a lot – abstaining for a year might completely destroy my social time.
  • I won’t have an excuse to be a lethargic blob. No longer will laying about watching loads of telly and eating lots of junk food be so justified.
  • Known for being vivacious and keeping the party going, I am terrified of being the quiet one.
  • What if I stop having a good time, altogether? What if I become really serious and boring?
  • What will I replace my drinking with? When it’s the end of the day and I need a drink, what will I substitute it with? Can I muster up enough discipline to exercise or meditate instead?
  • If you don’t try, you can’t fail. With so much against me can I make a year?
  • It’s fun: everyone can become more merry, talkative, loved up and relaxed. In the right circumstances, it can enhance a great time.

Some reasons why I want to quit drinking?

  • Alcohol is linked to cancer – my mum and aunt died of breast cancer; my grandma survived breast cancer; and my Grandpa died of brain cancer.
  • I’m grossly overweight by three or four stone and never have enough energy (week by week) to go anything about it.
  • When I’m hungover I crave junk food and eat more than usual.
  • I can make lose hours of memory, waking up filled with pangs of guilt and shame but not knowing why.
  • Alcohol causes mood swings, alters behaviour and weakens inhibitions – this has caused many dramas in my life and affected my relationships with family and friends.
  • Booze is a powerful substance and like anything with such force, should be respected. I don’t think many people in my culture really get that about alcohol.
  • Now that I’m in my early thirties, I want to start a family and have a successful career as a writer and eventually a primary school teacher. These things will never occur while I keep letting my drinking hold me back and leave me as a lethargic, lazy mess.

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