Sober Conclusion

I did it. I went February without having a drink.  Was it hard? Not really.  Was it boring? Yeah, a little bit. Was it worth is?  Totally.  Will I do it again?  Probably next year.

I think the biggest surprise was that my sense of smell got better towards the end of the month, and I don’t think it has anything to do with allergies.  A little after midnight I drank some half pints of some different beers as I was closing the bar, and noticing that the beers didn’t taste quite the same as I remember.  It is awesome, and also different.  I don’t know if it has anything to do with the sobriety or just my body changing as I grow, but I’m happy about it.

I also have a much better understanding how alcohol is a drug.  I did the same activities that I would normally do with a drink in my hand.  I didn’t change my life, I didn’t seek out other activities quite like I thought I might.  I did stay home a little more than usual, and I went home earlier than I used to.  That change is good to see.  As much as I like to think about the flavors and history of my drink, or the way that it pairs with whatever food I am eating,  It is good to stop and realize that it is a drug, and does affect my mind and body.  An effect that is very rarely talked about by people examining the culinary aspect of booze.  I also like knowing that I much prefer having a beer instead of an Ibuprofen when I have a headache.

My Belly doesn’t look any smaller, but the scale says I have lost about 5 pounds in the past month.  Sweet. I’ll take it, and be quite happy about it.  Any money I might have saved by not drinking was instead spent on the carbonation system, a new TV, and some other random stuff.  The weight loss and possible money saved are good side effects of not drinking, but have nothing to do with why I did it.

And what now…  Well, the boozing has already started back up, February ended at midnight, and soon after that I had a drink in my hand.  My body has recovered to a pretty normal, healthy level, and it’s time to beat it back to the drunk that it normally is.

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