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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 18}

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Drinking is a way of life here.

Day 18 was Saturday. 

I got up and ran SEVEN MILES by myself, which is more than I have run in close to two years.

I felt so good during the run, too.

I am really having a hard time rationalizing going back to drinking when I’m feeling so much better without alcohol in my body.

My running has improved, my sleep has improved, my skin looks better…

But drinking is so fun. So there’s that.

And drinking is a huge part of the lifestyle in Northern Virginia. Or at least it is among my group of friends.


I would say 95% of the people in my neighborhood that I hang out with are drinkers.

We have weekly happy hour get-togethers, we get together to watch football, we play cornhole in the evenings in people’s driveways…it’s a very social, alcohol-friendly environment.

On the weekends, you can often find us at either a winery or a brewery. 

Everyone brings their kids and it’s an all-afternoon event.

The wineries and breweries have places for the kids to run around outside, so we usually bring some outdoor toys and snacks. 

I’m trying to think if I would still want to do activities like this if I wasn’t drinking. 

Would I go just to be social? Is it still fun to be at a brewery and not drink?

I mean…not really!

Although I have to admit, I have been enjoying myself just fine at social events since I started this alcohol detox. Maybe it’s just a mental thing.

Also, I’ve said this before, it makes people who are drinking uncomfortable to have a non-drinker around. 

My friends are already asking me, “When can you start drinking again?!”




Another thing weighing on my mind is the Sam Hunt concert next weekend. 

This was supposed to be a really fun, girls-only night out. We hired a party bus to take us there, we have matching outfits…we are all in for this show.

It crossed my mind that this concert would fall under my 30-day drinking detox when I decided to do it, but I just thought, Oh well.

Now I’m feeling more like, Oh shit.

What would you do– give yourself a day off and enjoy a few drinks at the concert or suck it up and continue with the detox?

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  • Reply
    Jane
    September 11, 2017 at 8:32 PM

    Stick with the detox! You can’t go that far and not finish!!

    • Reply
      Lindsay
      September 13, 2017 at 10:35 AM

      I know, you’re right!

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