Lately I’ve been coming around to the conclusion that I need to remove alcohol
from my life. Lots of the blogs and sobriety sites I’ve been reading have
suggested writing yourself a list of your reasons to stop drinking – the idea
being that you can look back on it when the going gets tough and your
So here are my reasons for stopping:
1.) The daily tug of war goes away. The decision has been made already and you
don’t have to face the tiring internal ‘battle of wills’ as you wind your way
through the supermarket towards the booze section.
2.) The never-ending vicious circle of guilt goes away. Waking up every morning feeling yucky and guilty and sincerely thinking ‘today I won’t drink’, only for the hangover to fade and the cravings to take over.
3.) No more hangovers. The aches, the tiredness, the retching in the shower while trying to get ready for work. Spending entire mornings craving water, junkfood, sleep, while everyone else carries on, making progress, achieving goals.
4.) Vanity reason #1 No more dry skin and chapped lips, i.e. more lipstick options.
5.) Vanity reason #2 I’ll remember to take off my makeup and clean my teeth every evening. (That one may come under basic hygiene rather than vanity.)
6.) Vanity reason #3 The rapid process of aging before your time will come to a halt. I’ll still age, but gracefully as opposed to rapidly.
7.) More money to spend on face creams and handbags.
8.) I won’t embarass myself by saying horrible things I don’t mean while pissed. Even if I’m dull while out socially, at least I won’t be a rude loudmouth drunk.
9.) Alcoholism is progressive. If I don’t stop now, it’s only going to be harder down the track. I am lucky I only have to get through dinner without wine. If I don’t stop while I’m young I’ll end up a 40 year old that can’t get through my cornflakes without vodka.
10.) I would have liked to achieve more over the past 5 years than I have. When the focus of every day is wine o’clock, it doesn’t leave much room for progress in other areas of your life.
11.) Vanity reason #4 weight loss! I will hopefully begin to look less roly poly after removing 600+ calories from my daily intake.
12.) I love a bit of competition, so there will be satisfaction in succeeding over something that controls me.