blog banner

blog banner

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Dry January - Life Without Alcohol

By most measurements I am a "moderate" drinker.  I have 1-2 drinks per day, although I rarely miss a day... when dinner rolls around, there's a beer or glass of wine at my plate without fail.

Christmas season was much less moderate... parties and just wonderful, wonderful alcohol choices everywhere, it was hard to keep things "moderate" at times.  1-2 became 3-4 more nights than not, and sometimes more than that!

So I decided to bring things back to some kind of equilibrium in January.  My liver needed a vacation.

Things I've noticed:

  • More energy.  Especially noticeable at night, but really throughout the day I feel better
  • I'm not as hungry after dinner.  I usually snack (then feel guilty about it), but I've been much more able to control that impulse
  • I feel less anxious.  I don't know if this one is real or imagined, but I just feel more even keel
It's only been 5 days, we'll see if things change throughout the month.  I hope not, I feel quite good!  Although I really miss beer/wine... if this does prove to be life-changing, I might knock it down to one day a week so I don't feel entirely deprived of the beer/wine that I love.

1 comment:

answerphoned1,d6 said...

I keep a 12 pack of Molson Canadian 67 (or Sublime, which is 67 with crappy lime flavour) on hand for when I want some beer but know I shouldn't have some. Lo cal and only 3%, it's pretty watery and bad tasting but it gets me through!