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Hangovers…the reason why I am quitting alcohol for thirty days.
Honestly, if I didn’t get such bad hangovers, I probably wouldn’t be doing this sobriety stint right now.
But I get a hangover whether I have two glasses of wine or five…only the severity varies.
Maybe I’m sensitive to wine, but no matter how much I have, I will always have interrupted sleep and a dull headache the next morning.
On Wednesday I had a pretty bad hangover. I felt nauseous and headachey all day. I couldn’t drink coffee or eat anything; all that tasted good were ice-cold cans of Coke.
Don’t get me wrong, the night before had been a blast.
A few friends and I went to my favorite restaurant Magnolia’s after Back to School Night. We sat at the bar next to a lively older gentleman named Bubba.
Bubba bought us our second bottle of wine and regaled us with stories of when he worked on a movie set with Brad Pitt.
Fun, but a little too much fun for a Tuesday night. Especially when I woke up on Wednesday.
I’m so sick of this, I thought.
And then I remembered an article I had read just yesterday.
In it, model Chrissy Teigen (wife of singer John Legend) talks about her decision to cut back on drinking. She explains how she was “point blank, just drinking too much.”
A glass of wine while in hair and makeup before an awards show, then another on the way there, plus many more at the show, followed by her doing and saying things she regretted.
While I am definitely not attending awards shows, I can relate.
Why not have a drink while I’m getting ready to go out? Why not have another glass of wine with a friend before we head to the party? More drinks at home after dinner– sure, why not?
So what if I get drunk and obnoxious and pig out on junk food?
Until the next day hits and BOOM. I feel like crap, physically and mentally.
So that’s how I got here, to the decision to go thirty days without a drop of alcohol.
And the reason I’m telling you all about it is to keep me accountable!
I know it’s going to be tough, but I’m confident that I can make it through at least the next thirty days of this.
I got through Day 1!
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