You Don’t Have to Be a Drunk to Quit Drinking

by Rebecca A. Watson on April 23, 2015

in happiness, Recovery

There. I’m giving you permission to stop drinking alcohol even though you only have a few glasses of wine three or four times a week.

Even if you only drink on the occasional weekend with friends. Even if you don’t remember the last time you really got drunk.

Even if you haven’t hit rock bottom. Even if you would never describe yourself as “addicted.”

If you want to stop drinking, you can. You are allowed to make any changes you want in your life.

Oh, I know. There are all sorts of stereotypes out there. Stigmas about what it means to not imbibe.

I’ll tell you what it means. It means you want something different. It means you’re willing to try new things. It means you’re brave.

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And awesome. Let’s add that to the list too.

It means you care more about yourself than you do about what someone might think of you.

You need to know a few things:

  • Your friends and family aren’t thinking about what’s in your drink often, if ever. They’re more interested in what’s inside your head, who you are and that you’re happy.
  • If you disagree with the above statement, consider spending less time with those people. Make new friends.
  • Very few people die wishing they’d spent more time caring what other people think. See No. 1 in this list.

Stop worrying. Start making choices based on what your heart wants. And if it’s pulling you toward a lucid life, give it a try.

I’ve talked to plenty of vegetarians who can’t quite answer why they quit eating meat. It’s OK to not have a concrete reason other than this:

I want to.

If you like this post and are interested in reading more, I suggest starting with my 100 day post, or just check out all my posts about not drinking and recovery

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Ania April 29, 2015 at 1:09 pm

Yes, that’s a great reason. Because I want to. I think from now on, “because I want to” will be the only reason I give. 🙂


Rebecca A. Watson April 29, 2015 at 5:47 pm

I think that’s great. Honestly, that should be mine too 🙂


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