Today is three years off the drink. To be fair I have never really been tempted to drink in that time. There have been a number of events I have attended where the has been free alcohol available, but I have passed. I still get asked by friends when I am going to start again. I have tried a couple of 0% beers, that were okay, but I do not think I will make it a habit. They are expensive and have a high sugar content. Happy New Year to everyone.
My story sounds similar to yours. I gave up at 54 and am now 792 days without a drink. I came to the same conclusion as you that too many days have been wasted and the impact the grog had was for the most part negative. As we get older we start to rumernate about our lives and all the things that might have been. Kicking the habit has been close to the best thing I have ever done. I wish you all the best as you start out on a sober life.
thanks for your reply. at this point im trying to work thru short time blocks otherwise its just is anxiety x’s 100. it just helps to hear the common denominator of similar stories but also that everyone keeps saying it gets better.
Two years off the booze today or 732 days. $5.2k not spent on booze. I still think about having a beer or red wine from time to time. I always remind myself of my worst hangover and that motivates me not to drink. I am always gratful to wake up every morning stone cold sober. Also 15 kgs lighter.
I stopped drinking on 2 Jan 2016, so now into my second year. This was after approx 35 years of sometimes serious drinking off and on. I just got sick of the hangovers. I have some subtle pressure to drink again but have resisted. My high now is seeing the reactions of people when I tell them I don’t drink. I was spending $50 per week on booze so have saved lots of money, and lost about 13 kgs. I have had two alcohol free holidays. One of the best decisions I have made. Life is not perfect, but much better with the grog.