People make many more resolutions than they keep. Quitting drinking is hard, and in some cases harder than a goal like ‘lose weight’ or ‘run a marathon’. It’s harder because quitting alcohol is a choice you need to keep making. If I make a goal to lose weight and weight myself on February 1st, 5 pounds lighter than I was on January 1st, then I can say ‘DONE’ and go back to eating chips and ice cream for breakfast. If I run 42 km, regardless of how fast, I can say I ran a marathon and post a selfie on social media for all to see.
We can easily dump our bottles of booze on January 1st and strap ourselves to chairs so we can’t go to the bar, but a resolution can be hard to keep if you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. There’s no event in the near future where you and your friends all ‘quit drinking’ for a set period of time, and then celebrate the non-drinking with a celebratory drink.
True, many people do #SoberOctober or Dry January. But what have you really accomplished if you were able to quit drinking for one month? I’ve suggested TRYING this to prove it can be done, but in reality the way to free yourself from alcohol addiction is to change yourself before trying to change your habits. You may actually find this ‘new you’ is more like the person that actually keeps their resolutions year-round instead of hurting themselves trying to cram a lifetime worth of self-improvement in to a month or two.
Try these things to change your life, while you’re quitting alcohol for good:
- The New You heads to the gym after work instead of happy hour
- The New You has a new route home that doesn’t pass your favourite liquor store
- The New You gets food delivered instead of eating at the pub
- The New You is mentoring disadvantaged youth instead of watching sports
- The New You wakes up at 5 am to walk the dog
These aren’t “weird tricks” miracle cures or even directly related to alcohol. They can be done by anyone with some idle time and an alarm clock. Remember, it’s not about forcing yourself to quit drinking, it’s about creating a life where you don’t need alcohol in the first place.