This post is hard for me to write because it’s kind of embarrassing. My week two experiment is no beer or any other alcohol. A week without beer seems like nothing at all. But the truth is I probably drink 4 nights a week. I almost never drink to excess. I have 3 beers when I drink. I like getting to the perfect level of buzzed. Anything past that, I don’t enjoy. Beer has a plateau effect on me. I just get bloated and start drinking remarkably slow, so the excess past 3 beers is pointless. It just gives me a headache, a hangover, and wastes money. I don’t care about the money, it’s just a side benefit of drinking only 3. If I drink 3 beers a night 4 nights a week, that’s only 12 beers a week. Really, it’s not that much. But for some reason, I feel like shit from doing it and need some time off. I’m excited to try this because I can’t remember how many years it’s been not having 1 drink for a week. Beer tires you out, so let’s see how my energy levels are this week. Going to bed 4 nights a week with alcohol in your system makes for a shallow, unfulfilling sleep. So I will have the benefit of avoiding this too.
At this point, I don’t even really enjoy drinking. Which is terrible because why am I doing it? A lot of things you do are just merely a habit. You do it because you’ve always done it; Plain and simple. That’s the reason for my “Weekly Experiments”. To give up on things that have no purpose and keep things that do. Even more embarrassing is the fact that last night I told my friends, “Tomorrow starts my week of no alcohol” and I have already failed. Last night my friend went to bed early because he had to be up early this morning, so I left his place prematurely in my drinking. I had 3 tallboys left over, which were originally intended for my girlfriend that never showed up that night. So I took the 3 tallboys home and put them in the fridge. The next morning, they were in my fridge. It’s going to be infinitely harder to take a week off drinking when 3 beautiful tall cans of Steamwhistle Pilsner appear every time you look in the fridge. So I’m drinking them today. I thought of pouring them out, but that was too hard and too wasteful. This decision made me worry that I may actually have a problem. Oh well, my week off starts tomorrow.
After 1 week
I have succeeded! 1 week without alcohol. I feel proud of myself. I do have what they call willpower. I failed my first day as I mentioned, but got back to it and went 7 days without it. I have to tell you, I feel way better! I don’t feel as tired and groggy and my mood stayed positive through most of the week. I didn’t feel sluggish at all this week. I was so motivated and actually got a lot more done. I signed up for a paid online coding course, figured out my finances, and decided what I want to do with my next few years. I realized that there’s no real future in my job and I need to go back to school and educate myself to get a job that actually challenges me.
The most profound difference is the fact that when you get bored, you decide to actually do something or work on something instead of cracking a beer. The biggest issue with drugs is the fact that you can artificially feel good when you really have nothing to feel good about. It saps your motivation to feel good from accomplishing something or by doing something original and out of the house. It clarifies you’re values when you seek other ways to cure boredom. I just realized I sound like your parents. Sorry, I don’t mean to sound preachy. This was just an experiment I did out of curiosity, but I really never understood the implications of drinking so often until now. We all need to have fun because life can be dull at times, but drinking is only one option and there are many more.