On January 1st I decided to take a month long hiatus from drinking. I've done it for the last few years just to prove to myself that I can do it. I mainly do it to see if something I enjoy controls me or I control it. I have to say I haven't been tempted in the slightest to have a drink in the last month, and there has been a few high stress moments.
I'm not going to lie to you I enjoy drinking. I like to have drinks and bullshit with my friends. I like to have a beer after a hard days work. I've enjoyed the drink a little too much, but really who hasn't? I don't want having my love of a good beer, glass of scotch, or Old Fashioned define me. I don't want to be that friend who is the “lush.”
So when it came to be February I knew I lasted thirty-one days without it. No cravings. No thoughts about it. I've decided alcohol is just something I enjoy from time to time. I haven't had a drink in over thirty-five days and right now I don't feel like I need or want one. If I have a drink tomorrow, week from now, or heck a month from now I'm not going to beat myself up.
Moderation is the key.