On January 7, 2019 – I had my last cigarette after smoking casually for almost seven years. No relapses, no serious withdrawal, maybe a few wild dreams. I was never a heavy smoker – typically only 3-4 a day on average.
A few days ago on November 1, I had three drinks – and decided those would be the last drinks I would have for at least a month. This was after having cut back significantly on drinks in the preceding days.
Several articles I read said that alcohol withdrawal can dangerous. Delirium tremens, shakes, all sorts of bad stuff. I was a pretty heavy drinker (mainly a binge drinker) for years, though apparently not enough of one to be experiencing any scary withdrawal symptoms. I *guess* that’s good – right? Just walk away from the booze?
I started experiencing nausea when consuming booze (and also food) on the weekend of October 18, and a little bit in the weeks leading up to it. I was also under a lot of stress, and came down with a sudden cold/flu (still haven’t figured out exactly what it was) accompanied by fever (happened on a trip out of town). My body couldn’t take the heavy drinking, heavy stress and being sick on top of it all.
The indigestion has pretty much abated completely – except when I have drinks – even just a couple. I shouldn’t have to take antacids after drinking to avoid feeling like I have to puke. I’m treating this very seriously. My body spoke (more like cried out) – and I listened.
Which is why I recently decided to do “No Drink November.”
I haven’t felt tempted…yet. Though I’m trying to stay out of bars without free refills on soft drinks, good nonalcoholic alternatives, etc. I will NOT drink “near beer!” Original Gravity serves tasty Sprecher sodas – you can drink the cream soda or root beer in a pint glass and appear to the world that you’re having a porter – or cream ale!
If a whole month passes and I feel like celebrating with a drink, I will. If I don’t, I won’t. If I do – I’m going to try going back to being a weekend drinker. And keep it chill when I do.
I feel like I’m in control. Let’s hope I can stay in control.
There is one addiction I won’t conquer anytime soon – and that’s pub trivia! And I can play just fine while sober!