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Four Reasons Why I Cut Alcohol Out of my Life

Four Reasons Why I Cut Alcohol Out of my Life

It’s been nearly a year since I cut alcohol out of my life. At first I stopped drinking as the result of a particularly bad hangover. I’d been out, woken up feeling like death and decided it was time to take a break. The weeks and months went by and I still didn’t feel like drinking. So I decided that actually, I don’t really need to drink at all. It adds no value to my life and I certainly hadn’t missed it when I took a break. So I decided that I would cut the stuff out of my life for good. Do you know something? It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

I want to look after my health, long-term –

Ever since having children I’ve become more aware and concerned about the things that can affect my long-term health. I’ve become conscious about what I put into my body, what’s good for me and what’s not. I want to be around for my children for as long as I can and not only that, I want to stay as fit and as healthy as possible for me. Alcohol consumption is related to so many health problems, including high blood pressure, increased risk of stroke and breast cancer in women. All of which I want to do my utmost to avoid.

It makes me anxious –

Have you ever woken up after a night out and worried about the things you may have said, or the things you may have done? This was me constantly. I would question my husband the next morning, even if I’d only had one glass of wine. Did I come across OK? Was I rude to anyone? Did I do anything embarrassing or stupid? As an anxious person, I spend a lot of my time in a blur of apprehension. These days, I don’t want to add to that by drinking alcohol.

I can’t stand hangovers –

Maybe it’s my age, but I just can’t stand being ill. Now that I have two children, there’s no way I can stay in bed and sleep off a hangover. I have to be up to entertain the kids, whether I like it or not. Trust me, there’s nothing worse than a toddler/hangover combination!

I drank it for the wrong reasons –

One of the most important reasons I decided to give up alcohol, is due to the fact I drank it for the wrong reasons. I would drink to numb anxiety. I would drink at the end of a bad day and I would drink ‘just because’. Then one day it dawned on me that I was probably having bad days, because I was a little hungover. I realised that alcohol only helps with anxiety for a very short time, then it just makes it worse. I couldn’t think of one good reason to carry on drinking, so I stopped.

I have no problem with anyone else drinking, I’ve just learnt the hard way that it’s not for me!


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