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.