Stop the clock – challenge is complete! As of the time of publishing; not a drop of alcohol has touched these recently injured lips for the past six months. So I have put out a request for questions from the readers – spotlighting my half year of sobriety.
Juliane, and also Mike of Nomads on the Road asked:
A great opening question – why did I choose to do it? Many reasons…
Health: I was drinking an insane amount of alcohol and when I have future imaginary children, I want to be able to keep up with them running and not be pot-bellied and red-faced.
Money: I wasn’t exactly flash for cash and I’m still not! Beer was (is) an unnecessary expenditure in a quickly hemorrhaging bank fund. I’d planned to travel the world since 2008 and I wasn’t going to throw it away, just to get pissed. I could (and have done) that at home, it gets boring very quickly.
Willpower: Going absolute cold turkey was going to take a lot of mental strength. I like to put myself through tough challenges like this, because I feel I evolve as a human, if successful.
Relationships and Social Study: I was interested in how different my relationships would be, when meeting new people. Now I could no longer use alcohol as a crutch, to make friends as a solo traveller – how would I cope in social situations?
I had a drinking problem: I wasn’t an official alcoholic, but I definitely had an unsettling relationship and reliance on alcohol. I found it virtually impossible to only “have a few” and would get in some pretty nasty states every time I went out.
Why Not? Always a good answer to “why?” Why not try something different to my social conditioning and look at things from a new world?