Dan Attempts a 30-Day Cleanse – Days 12-14 – Sober Curious? (6 of 12)

July 22Day 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.

Cleanse red wine

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.

Cleanse sober curious 2

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 achievementI’d say that applies to me; it’s cool, just not amazingbetter sleepA bit better, nothing fantastic…lost some weightDon’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 24Day 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.

6 thoughts on “Dan Attempts a 30-Day Cleanse – Days 12-14 – Sober Curious? (6 of 12)

  1. It’s so interesting to come along on this journey with you, Dan, and to ponder one’s relationship with alcohol. I find that much like my morning cup of coffee, I appreciate the ritual of an evening glass of red wine.

    • The ritual of an evening glass is deeply rooted for me. I’m exploring why and if I want to make drinking red wine a daily ritual or something less regular to keep it special?

    • Thanks. I’m getting ready to end the 30-day experiment, not to have a drink on Day 31, but to begin the next phase of my choices with alcohol But I won’t stop before August 9 so I can see if there is more for me to learn in the final half of this cleanse.

  2. Hmmmmmm – I do like my wine. The glass – fat or tall, with a nice long stem, not into the stemless. You and Han live such an active, traveling, variety of adventures, wine may not be at the top of your “needs” “wants”. . .

    Don’t you miss the sharing a glass, more than what’s in the glass? (well, I know you have substitutes, but what about the color and the pretty bottle??????????????/


    • There is a lot to be said about time-honored rituals. Hannah is with you, ready for a glass each night. The sharing? We do still sit together each night. It’s just 30 days and I will go back to wine and the occasional brew, but I just don’t know in which way. Cheers.

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