Josh Bowman has learned a few things from taking a break from alcohol.
Note: I’m taking a hiatus from drinking alcohol. My previous hiatus was in university and lasted pretty much two years.
- Drinking is expensive, especially at bars. Having extra disposable income is a nice reward.
- Being sober when everybody around you is drunk at a party is like trying to make sense of a dream while in the dream. Why is that man standing on a table? Who are all those people, and why are they slurring?
- At its best, drinking alcohol can loosen you up and make you feel happy and silly! But then again, there are lots of times I just go home and feel so damn depressed. Then I wake up and I’m all like “what was I so sad for?”
- Alcoholism is, to some extent, hereditary. Since my grandparents were alcoholics, alcohol has had a more menacing connotation for our family.
- I like to know I can control my body if I need to. I can shape it with exercise. I can push it to work harder. I can go without sleep. “I am in charge…body!”
- When you don’t do things, people like to push you to do things, or don’t understand why you don’t do those things. I also mentioned this in my post about not smoking weed.
- Alcohol is fundamentally built into so many social events. Wine and cheeses, networking events, going to a bar after work, first dates. It’s an active and unconventional choice to not drink when you are at an event like that (and you aren’t driving).
- Throwing up is really terrible so…I can’t say I’ll miss that.
- Being a social drinker is fine, but when you are socializing 4-5 nights a week, it can get excessive.
- When I don’t drink, I need some other kind of emotional release. I’m thinking….mixed martial arts?