I have been going for periods of abstinence for many years now. Sometimes 60 days other times over 100 and on every occasion I have noticed something. My thinking abilities are heightened by as much as 30% (conservative estimate) 2 weeks after I have stopped. Let me just start off by making something clear I am not addicted to alcohol in the way people normally mean dependency, but I do love the taste of beer and wine and those who know me will vouch that I like a good evening out that includes no shortage of drink.
I suppose I had developed a bit of a love hate relationship with alcohol over the past 7 years, loved the taste but hated the effects of getting a bit too merry, the day after fog, and also the more sinister, slow, reduction in my thinking abilities. Alcohol is a depressant and although I would be hard pressed to find anyone that would consider me other than positive I can tell the difference between when on and off drinking.
3 years ago the 30 September 2013, I made a decision to stop using supermarkets. From where I sit today it actually doesn't sound much of a deal. Those who know we however might be able to cast their minds back to facebook posts where people often commented 'Have you got shares in Asda Chris?' such were the frequency of my visits there!
So have a think about what you buy in the supermarket; the convenience of it and maybe the cost savings? ... then think about where you might get those things if the supermarket wasn't there? Simple things like Razors, Toilet rolls, cleaning products... and all those little things... nuts, baking ingredients and possibly 'nik naks' like tin openers. Then think of all the time it would take to get around to all these different places and you will probably come to the conclusion that actually... I'll stick to the supermarket! ... and who can blame you? ... no one has the time, especially with 3 or 4 kids and hungry mouths to …
I made the decision back at the end of March 2016, that my regular annual month off the booze was going to take a more serious direction. I actually stopped drinking on the 28th Feb 2016. Those who know me well, will know that each year I have a couple of months 'off' but for some reason I felt the need to do something more. I decided to stop drinking permanently. Well the 1st year is coming to a close... on reflecting back what has it been like... a year without alcohol? What have I learnt?
Most of the people in my life enjoy drinking socially. So when I shared my decision I received a whole bunch of different reactions. Let me first start by saying that this decision was taking by me and for me... not to stimulate a response from others. There was no other motive except I decided to stop drinking.
Some people took my decision to stop drinking personally. As if it were a judgement or slight on them. But I have made it clear throughout that this was not a statement on drinking…