I stopped drinking.
This is not really breaking news. I had my last drink of alcohol in 2005. It was, however, by far the best thing I’ve ever done for my health & wellbeing. I even wrote a post a few years ago titled 6 Reasons Why I Don’t Drink Alcohol Anymore that has been viewed over 100,000 times so far.
I can’t begin to tell you how much of a positive difference this decision has made in my life. Before I stopped drinking, I had my share of nights when I should have called a cab, mornings when I could barely drag myself out of bed, and I’m sure I killed far more brain cells than I could spare. And I BARELY drank. If I had been a heavy drinker, or even a moderate one, I’d probably be dead. Or cleaning up roadsides in Ohio wearing an oh-so flattering orange jumpsuit.
The Benefits of an Alcohol-Free Life
The benefits I’ve gained have far outweighed the negatives I’ve avoided. Now that I’m focused more and more on living a superpowered life — and helping others to do the same — these benefits are taking on a whole new level of importance to me:
- I stay in control. Being alcohol-free keeps me from doing/saying stupid stuff. I still do and say some stupid stuff sometimes, but alcohol in my life would make those times much more frequent.
- I enjoy my ENTIRE weekend. Not just the post-hangover, leftover part.
- I am far more positive and resilient when hard times hit. Life can be depressing enough. Consuming a depressant on top of what life already throws at me? I’d be a mess.
- I have more fun without it. Once I figured out what to do without alcohol, everything I used to do that involved alcohol really doesn’t seem like fun anymore.
- I perform better. As a dad. As a husband. As a boss. As a person.
I hadn’t really thought about my alcohol-free life in awhile, but recently a friend of mine, David All embarked on a similar journey and it made me remember what it was like at the beginning — weird, socially awkward, lonely, even a little scary.
Support is (Finally) Out There
David also started a Facebook group to encourage others who are interested in exploring a life without alcohol. Immediately, people came out of the woodwork expressing how much they had wanted to give up drinking, but they felt strange — like outsiders — and didn’t know where to turn. The number of people who said, “I’ve been looking for something like this Facebook group for a long time” surprised me, especially since alcohol consumption seems more hip and cool in our society than ever.
So I thought I’d pass along an invite to you if you’re interested. Check out the #StopDrinkingByChoice Facebook group. There’s no judgment there, only ideas, encouragement, and community.