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In Chapter 5 of “Almost Alcoholic,” things start to get real.
Today is Wednesday.
I’m still slowly making my way through Almost Alcoholic.
I really like this book because it acknowledges the fact that you can be a person who is going through a “problem drinking period” without it meaning you are an alcoholic.
I’ve always known I wasn’t an alcoholic due to the fact that I have frequently stopped drinking for long periods of time and it’s only during certain times that my drinking gets to be a bit too much.
Other times it’s fine.
One of the benefits of taking a 30-day break from drinking is that it has allowed me to view my drinking with a clear head.
It’s easy to say “Boy, I’ve been drinking too much” when you’re hungover following a night out.
It’s more powerful to be able to look at it a few days down the line and still realize that, even when you’re feeling good and the memory of the hangover has faded, maybe you are drinking too much.
The book speaks about a “fog” being lifted when you stop drinking. I definitely feel this to be true.
I am more clear-headed and I am feeling my emotions (good and bad) more.
Nothing is being masked or dulled by alcohol.
“Part of the solution for the almost alcoholic, then, can include looking inward and taking a fresh look at who you are and who you’d like to be.”
That’s where I am at now.
I don’t want to be a person who drinks 2-3 glasses of wine each day and wakes up with a headache.
What do I want?
That part I am not sure of yet.
I don’t think I want to be sober all the time.
I’d like to be a person who has wine on certain occasions, but doesn’t need to have it.
That seems like a manageable solution, and one that takes into account all of the positive effects of not drinking that I’d like to preserve:
- Better sleep on most nights
- Ability to exercise hard
- No headaches in the morning
- Losing weight
Because if I start drinking again and all of those benefits are lost, I will be royally pissed!