Booze Equations or Why I Subtracted Wine from my Time

Why do I want to stop drinking and live sober ?

When I boil it down to simple equations it helps me remember :

Booze + Me = No off button….. almost always drinking far too much

Me – Booze = No more stressing about how much I have already drank and then making

myself feel better (temporarily) with more booze

Booze + Me = Crushing hangovers

Me – Booze = Surprisingly good health

Booze + Me = Self loathing and depression

Me – Booze = Lightness, joy and happiness more and more often

Booze + Me = Horrid sleep

Me – Booze = More restful sleep….sometimes even fantastic sleep

Booze + Me = Dwelling on sad events from the past

Me – Booze = Living in the present and smiling more

Booze + Me = Shame of hiding bottles to conceal how much I drank

Me – Booze = Self-respect for giving up alcohol

Booze + Me = Low energy

Me – Booze = Energy to exercise most days

Booze + Me = Missed appointments and commitments because I was hungover

Me – Booze = I show up to things on time and am able to fully engage

Booze + Me = Certain early death

Me – Booze = Improved life expectancy

Booze + Me = Feeling like a slave to alcohol….I allowed alcohol to control too many of my thoughts and actions

Me – Booze =No more stressing about how much I can drink, when I can drink, if I can drink, hiding how much I drank, wondering if I am drinking more than others, how much is too much, is it hurting my health, do people know I drink too much, etc, etc, etc.

Plain and simple….. 

Me + ZERO booze = Wonderful freedom

birds leaving cage, related to stop drinking

More by this author on the Boozemusings Community Blog :

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You Have to Do Your Part : One Year Sober

12 Things that Helped me Stop Drinking and Stay Sober

The Video that Helped me go Alcohol Free and Stay Happily Sober

How to Stop Drinking Alcohol When You’ve Decided Enough is Enough

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