I’m going to go without alcohol during September.

I don’t expect it to be super difficult, but it will definitely be a challenge. I tend to drink a glass (or two) of red wine most evenings. I’ll also drink wine, beer or spirits when out with friends.

I actually started a few days early and it’s already surprising to me how often I’ve had to make an effort to avoid alcohol. I’ve turned down having a drink at a picnic, an evening in a pub, a restaurant, a nightcap etc.

At each of these moments, I was tempted to make an exception – but I didn’t. I hope this continues to be the case.

Why am I doing this?

Well, firstly I just like the idea of giving something significant up each month. It’s a nice, big, single thing to focus on.

It’s way too easy to like something and then consume it too much (I think I’m someone who is more likely to do this too). Soon, it’s a habit and something we take for granted. Quite often it actually ends up doing us more harm than good. Forcing myself to go without for a period of time should help me stay on the right side of the line.

I want to prove to myself I can go without something for a period of time. Having the willpower and commitment to make decisions and stick to them (even if it is hard) is a good quality.

I’m also hoping to learn something from each thing I give up. It’s only been four days without alcohol so far and I’m already noticing a few things. I use alcohol as a crutch in social situations. It’s quite nice to go home with a clear head. My alcohol consumption is very close to daily.

I will report back on October 1st with my progress, aswell what I will give up during October.

Wish me luck!

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