Last week, I embarked on an ambitious effort to…cut back on drinking, which I’m continuing this week. I designated some nights as booze free and limited myself to 2-3 drinks max on weeknights and no more than 4 on weekend nights. I can be creative and mix things up – a glass of hard cherry cider packs a bigger punch than a tall glass of Labatt (for example). If I mix at least one strong drink/beer into my night’s “allotment,” it makes it easier to stop when I should.
This means I may not be drinking things that are too “crushable” anymore (like hard seltzers). It’s just too easy to polish off too many of those in a night. Easier to stop drinking after a set number if the drinks fill you up a bit (like a couple of Bell’s Two Hearted ales at 7 % abv as an example). I’m trying to become a “moderate drinker.” Tough when you like the way it makes you feel. I’ve said before that people don’t struggle with alcoholism – they struggle with sobriety. Drinking too much is easy – not drinking is tough when you like booze.
Tonight I’m booze free…I don’t work tomorrow, so I’ll be able to get to sleep when I’m tired. Even if it’s 2 a.m.
I know I’m doing the right thing.
Tuesday will be my next booze-free night. Mike will be heading out that night to discuss some design work with a friend, and I’ll be staying home.
If a couple of benefits are saving a bit of money and losing a bit of weight (in addition to improving my health), well maybe this won’t be for nought…