I am very overdue an accountability post. In my head I have been keeping up this blog, but in reality I haven’t. But the good news is that I am still Alcohol Free and its been a great few months. I have gone to weddings, parties, and holidays (admittedly with my teenager so probably easy enough to avoid the booze there), and I have never had really strong urges to drink. Even when I got stranded in Liverpool during Storm Ophelia, and was feeling really stressed, it didn’t really cross my mind to “drown my troubles.”
The biggest challenge I faced so far, was when we had some friends over who had recently got married, and my husband opened a bottle of champagne to celebrate with them. I have always loved champagne so this was a test. It was hard to raise my glass of sparkling water in a toast, but I did it, and I was so glad I didn’t give in afterwards.
I was nervous about Christmas Day because the bottle or champagne or prosecco would always have been part of my tradition on Christmas Morning. So I did the safe thing and bought AF Sparkling.
The bottle looked kinda the same as the real thing, the pop of the cork was fantastic but the beverage itself was disappointing….. it is just carbonated grape juice, which I would have known, if I had read the ingredient list! However it served its purpose, looked nice in a champagne glass and got me over the bump.
The rest of the day went off without a hitch. I drank lots of sparkling water with elderflower cordial (this Bottle Green one is good) and I really didn’t miss wine at all. In fact after a long dinner, I didn’t feel bloated and sleepy as I normally would, and I have to believe that is because I was sober.
Looking forward I am feeling stronger about this decision, and I know I will carry it through for at least 12 months. I am almost afraid to say it out loud, but right now I think I might continue to do this forever.
One thing I am really grateful for is that my friends and family largely respect my decision, and don’t make a big deal of it. This definitely makes it easier for me to continue. People are interested and some want a story or reason for my decision, but most accept that it is a positive thing not a negative one.