July 22 – Day 12 – When I google no alcohol, the first thing that pops up is “11 Benefits of Quitting Alcohol.” Though I don’t plan to quit alcohol completely, I do wonder what these benefits are. Among them:
One, feeling better. I’ve got to say I do feel better. Lots better? I wouldn’t go that far. I think that I had the misconception that with no alcohol I’ll have dramatically more energy. Nothing dramatic, at least 12 days in.
Six, reduces heart attacks. That’s interesting because on the other hand the Mayo Clinic says, Red wine, in moderation, has long been thought of as heart healthy. The alcohol and certain substances in red wine called antioxidants may help prevent coronary artery disease, the condition that leads to heart attacks. Depending on your personal bias, take your pick what you want to believe about red wine.
Ten, no more troubled sleep. Really, no more! Sounds a bit optimistic. My sleep is meh, some good, some less good. I was expecting more after nearly two weeks.
This online article is focused on giving alcoholics reasons to quit, not really directed at the one glass of red wine per day drinker like me. All 11 Benefits are listed and described at the underlined link above. Abstinence is not my goal. Learning how to be intentional about alcohol consumption is.
July 23 – Day 13 – Sober curious? Never heard the term myself. From NPR – Breaking The Booze Habit, Even Briefly, Has Its Benefits.
The “sober curious” or “sober sometimes” movement started as a challenge for those who felt they’d partied a little too hard over New Year’s weekend. Again, that’s not me. I go to bed by 9P on December 31 after a 5P glass of wine with Hannah.
First there was “Dry January,” when people could brag on social media about how they were taking a break from booze. Social media bragging? Do 71 year olds really do that! Not this one! I’m off Facebook, Instagram, and never have had a Twitter presence.
A 2016 British study of about 850 men and women who volunteered to abstain from alcohol during Dry January found that participants reported a range of benefits… A sense of achievement. I’d say that applies to me; it’s cool, just not amazing… better sleep…A bit better, nothing fantastic…lost some weight…Don’t know since I use the same notch today on my belt to keep my pants up as I did at the start of this experiment.
July 24 – Day 14 –As I explore my dating relationship with alcohol, I find I’m not really longing for a drink the day after my 30 day cleanse ends (August 10). A glass of vino? Maybe yes, likely no. I don’t feel the crave. By the way for those of you wondering, our daughter Molly is 19 days into her Sober Curious experiment.