In 3 weeks’ time it will be 1 year since I committed to getting sober.
I’ve written before about a few times that I drank alcohol since November 2013:
- random sips to taste exotic drinks while travelling (I don’t even count this)
- having a slow glass of champagne with food for a wedding toast
- Having wine (a bottle) on my 40th birthday
It’s easy to focus on slip-ups and negatives so I’m going to put this in context with a few facts and numbers:
My 12 month Standard Drink (SD) Tally is:
Random sips: Less than half an SD
1 Glass of Wedding Champagne: 1 SD
A Birthday binge: Approximately 8 SD (a bottle of wine)
12 MONTH TOTAL 9.5 SD
I used to be happy when I could ‘limit’ my daily intake to 9.5 standard drinks – and I regularly had more. So on reflection, I’ve had one day’s worth of alcohol spread over a year (1/365). That means I’ve reduced my annual alcohol intake by (at least) 99.73%.
Hmmmmm I can choose to focus on 99.73% ‘success’ or a 0.27% ‘failure’. I’m going with the 99.73% success.
But going beyond quantitative numbers, I’m also really happy because:
- I have a sense of calm
- the daily compulsion has gone (although I know it comes back if I have alcohol)
- I don’t feel like alcohol and my life are spinning out of control
- I feel good knowing that my body is as healthy as it can be & I’m doing everything I can to keep it that way
- I have lots of spare energy to focus on things which matter
PS: I know I’m not at the 1 year mark just yet – but I’m confident that the chance of me drinking in the next 3 weeks is pretty much zero.