There is a lot of planning when drinking most nights, including organising nights out, taxis, getting to the cash point, buying wine for nights in, deciding how much to buy. I had to calculate how hung over could I afford to be given my commitments the following day, requesting annual leave or ‘not on call’ as required, and dealing with monster hangovers, which left me fit for nothing. It’s a cliché but life seems relaxed now. There is no rush to get to wine time. There is no anxiety if things run late. Life just happens.
Better family and home life
My mood and personality have improved considerably. Eighteen months ago I considered leaving my home and family as I was making their lives miserable with my constant irritability, antagonism and over-reaction. I was ‘stressed’ about everything from making packed lunches to putting up the Christmas tree. Now I am calm, measured, and pleasant, and my moods are appropriate. I am a better wife, a better colleague, and a good mother who happily drives her kids to clubs and has the time for a chat at bedtime.
I choose not to drink
I need to continually remind myself that my life is now as good as it always looked on paper, only because I continue to choose not to drink. I was so reluctant to give alcohol up, worried I would miss all the fun; yet here I am, relieved to be free from its clutches, knowing I need never drink again. Why would you?
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