…is not like taking a break from a relationship. When someone tells you they “want to take a break” from a relationship it means they want to break up but they’re scared to tell you. When someone says they are “taking a break from alcohol” it means just that – they are not drinking for a short while to take stock of their drinking patterns and behavior.
Since the new year, I have had a number of people tell me they are not going to drink for the next 30 days. I did a little research about what one should expect if one takes a break from alcohol (and it got me thinking about WHY IN THE WORLD WE DRINK IN THE FIRST PLACE…).
First man takes a drink, than the drink takes a drink, and then the drink takes the man. —(Gratuitous) Chinese Proverb
IF YOU TAKE A BREAK FROM ALCOHOL YOU WILL:
- Sleep better;
- Lose weight;
- Pee less;
- Feel better in the morning;
- Improve your liver function;
- Decrease your tolerance to alcohol;
- Save money;
- Lower your risk of serious diseases;
- Hurt yourself less around the house;
- Decrease your face-time with the police;
- Reduce your risk of drowning;
- Improve your interpersonal relationships (as in stop having those drunken, sloppy fights with your spouse where you sling F-bombs like corned beef hash…)
- And so on…
Good luck grasshoppers. And please let me know how it goes…
In answer to your questions – I drink gassy water with a spot of juice in a wine glass; Yes, I still get cravings; I just say, “No thanks. I’m an alcoholic,” but you’re NOT so say, “No thanks. I’m taking a break.”; Yes I feel a lot better physically and I feel 100% in the morning – every morning; That’s an inappropriate question…
Today I’m not drinking, because I’m taking a break. Forever.
How come you’re not drinking?