Not entirely sure how this happened, but I seem to have become teetotal.
For many years I’ve had a habit of staying off alcohol for the month of January. This has met with varying degrees of success over recent years, but generally it’s been getting easier. This year I barely noticed it and when February started I didn’t find myself rushing out to drink that first pint. I think I went until the london.pm meeting on Feb 7th before I had a drink.
Over the next few months I was drinking, but I noticed that I was drinking less than I usually did. This, of course, started to lower my resistance to alcohol. This meant that on the occasions that I did drink a lot I was a) getting too drunk too quickly and b) suffering huge hangovers that lasted for days.
So a decision had to be made. Either I could increase my drinking to offset these effects or I could cut it right out. As I was also trying to lose some weight and alcohol is a fantastic source of calories, I chose the latter.
I believe that it was the 4th May that I had my last alcoholic drink – so I’ve been going for just over two months now. I don’t feel fitter or healthier, but I am losing weight. And I really don’t miss those hangovers.