Quitting drinking dating
I’ve made some rules for myself at this period in life based on my current habits and consequence awareness.
They may change over time, but for the most part, I want to stay away from drinking during the week during these demanding years with kids, schedules and my own personal work goals.
Cocktails and wine are special treats, and I savor them more when I treat them that way.
I’m a ritual and celebration girl, so I’ve found other ways to create moments that still feel special at the end of a day but don’t involve alcohol.
I kept thinking I was just “taking the edge off,” but I literally became a full blown alcoholic. My dad started drinking a little here and there when we were younger, but over the years, it’s taken over his life.
It’s affected our family in so many ways, and I live with a lot of shame because of what alcohol did to our family.
The results were transformative, mainly because I felt better than I had in a long time–refreshed, productive, clear-headed, motivated. I fit back into some of those clothes that were getting tight.
Summer slipped me back a little bit, but I don’t beat myself up too much over it.
I’ve made some of these jokes myself, and while–yes, every once in a while, there is an appropriate meme about drinking that really is funny–I want to be more aware of my contribution to this discussion.
I keep Pelligrino and La Croix in my refrigerator, and when I drink them, I pour them in a pretty glass and garnish with a lime wedge or a few berries.
I stock up on hot tea and settle for nothing less than a good mug when I drink it.
I don’t want to end up like my dad.” So here’s where I am now.
I know I’m a smart, responsible woman, and I make the rules according to what I know I can handle. My friends are also smart, responsible women–some who are completely sober but have no problem with friends who drink, and others who drink more than me but do it responsibly within their own limits.
So I am cutting back and only see positive changes.”“In my culture, drinking with moderation is completely normal.