I stopped drinking a couple of months ago. Particularly as I was concerned with how alcohol was affecting my sleeping patterns. I get very restless at night; to be honest I’m often fidgety during the day anyway :-) Also I figured it would be good to see if i could actually stop.
I’m happy to report that stopping has been much easier than I anticipated. My sleep has improved and even better my snoring seems to have eased quite a bit too. Like my dad, I have a reputation for being a horrible snorer. On my trip to Borneo last year, it was reported that my snoring could be heard two rooms away. Now, I no longer sound like a strangled cat on steroids.
My original intention had been to give up for a couple of weeks and then ease back in but drink less. Now it’s been a couple of months and I’ve had a glass of wine a couple of times altogether. Tonight I had a couple of glasses with dinner and felt light-headed, not felt like that in a long time. Happy to continue in abstinence.
update: while the wine last night was fine, I didn’t feel particularly great afterward. My wine tolerance has definitely dropped substantially. Sleepwise I was much more restless and kept waking up. Thankfully, my snoring didn’t worsen…this time at least.
Good on you… but don’t give up on ice-cream =)
I just finished reading ‘High Sobriety’ by Jill Stark, who is a journalist with The Age and who gave up alcohol for a year. A good read!
Disturbingly, I haven’t had ice cream in a few months either. Though, that may be due to the fact that the factory is no longer open on Saturday mornings so I can’t stock up.
Thanks for the High Sobriety reference; I noticed that it was covered on the ABC’s Book Show last month. I have a copy too and haven’t got round to reading it yet.