Saturday, November 15, 2014

A sober month to celebrate.

Just a bit of bitchy humor. 
For many years, at the request of my mother I've spent one month a year sober. My mother is in recovery, she's a part of the AA program and has been sober for some time. She worries that I'll end up with an issue similar to hers. For this reason I take a month off of boozing and enjoy life as a sober person, at her request.

Surprisingly I don't often feel tempted to booze during my sober month. I find that it's a good exercise of will power and really I kind of like the sober perspective. I still go out to bars with friends, I'm just the sober party. I like keeping my same routine, going to bars, attending parties and spending time with friends. I sip on a water or a ginger ale and listen to the drunk babble that I'm usually a part of and it makes me smile. Last night there was drunken chatter of stockpiling oil and being epic an epic wingman and I thought to myself, 'this is awesome, I have the kind of friends who talk about oil stockpiling and solar roads while hammered.' 

If you've never tried to give yourself a boozy break, I do suggest you try it. You'll learn a lot about the people you surround yourself with, some of it will be good, some will be bad and it might give you insight into the kind of relationships you're building. You might find that your friends aren't above trying to peer pressure you into a drink, even though your sobriety is a choice, maybe you'll find that some are more than willing to participate in social activities that don't involve booze or maybe you'll find out that some of your friends are real assholes when they are drunk. 

The real thing is you might learn a lot about your own personal relationship with alcohol. In my years of boozy breaks I've personally inspired a few friends to give it a try. Some have found that their relationship with booze isn't one that is healthy for them. They try to follow their normal routine and find that temptation is too great, or that they cannot be in certain social situations without a bit of social lubricant. While there's not always a problem with having little self control, there is also a fine line between that and alcoholism. 

Alcoholism or alcohol dependence is a real thing. I have seen it first hand, and watching someone you care about fall into a pattern of alcohol abuse is terrifying, confusing and easy to try to and overlook. I don't want to get too preachy on it, because clearly I love boozing, but I do want to encourage you all to do so responsibly. If you or someone you love is suffering from signs of alcoholism, please don't ignore it, ask yourself some questions, start a conversation, offer your support or reach out for help.

If you know of a great resource or have an experience you'd like to share, please leave a comment. 

Drink responsibly, Bitches!  

Love Susan

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