Why I didn’t need to hit rock bottom to change my drinking

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My decision to take a break from drinking wasn’t because my life was falling apart around me.

The way I was drinking hadn’t led to losing a job, alienating loved ones or racking up drink-driving offences.

So when I told people that I was taking time away for alcohol they often looked puzzled and asked why.

The answer was simple. “Because I feel so much better when I don’t drink.”

I was sleeping better, had more energy, felt healthier and happier.

I loved having more time to do things and, as an added bonus, I never woke up with a hangover.

Worrying about my drinking

However, my decision to take a break from drinking was more complex than wanting to feel better.

I had started to worry about the way I was drinking.

I didn’t like that:

  • I was able to drink more (my tolerance was increasing)
  • I wasn’t sleeping well
  • It was impacting my health and fitness
  • I felt flat and sluggish after drinking
  • My menopause symptoms were worse whenever I drank

I could go on but you get the point!

I decided to take a ‘radical’ step and stop drinking for three months to find out how much alcohol was impacting on my life.

It seemed radical because surely only people with a ‘drinking problem’ need to give up for any length of time.

Surely it was a bit extreme?

More than two years after making that decision, I’m still not drinking and I’ve never felt better.

My mental and physical wellbeing has improved and, amazingly, I realised that my beloved Sauvignon Blanc wasn’t providing as many benefits as I thought it was.

Looking for support?

As an alcohol mindset coach I help women who want to either cut back on their drinking or take a break.

If you want to know more you can:

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