By: Lindsay Holmes
Original Source: www.huffingtonpost.com
Alcohol is infamous for serving as a social lubricant or as a way to have a good time with others. But for some individuals, drinking loses its appeal or becomes a negative influence in their life — and that can be a catalyst for kicking it altogether.
Ditching alcohol can be a tough subject, that’s why it’s important to understand a person’s rationale behind the decision in the first place. The bottom line? It’s different for everyone.
We asked our social communities to share a few of their own experiences with quitting drinking, whether they did it briefly, just stopped recently or are recovering from something more serious, like addiction. Below are just a few things people who have given up alcohol want everyone to understand about their choice.
1. Alcohol and fun aren’t mutually exclusive.
There’s an unspoken pressure when it comes to drinking and social settings. As fun as it is to be at the bar with a beer, it can be equally as entertaining to be at the bar with a glass of club soda.
2. The decision might be more than just a simple lifestyle change.
“[I am] four years without alcohol, and 16 without illicit drugs. For a long time I didn’t think alcohol counted. I even became a chemical dependency counselor. When I worked in the treatment center, I started hearing my story in the clients, but didn’t want to face the music. Years later, after my drinking spiraled during my divorce, I became so self-loathing at my inability to quit beyond the stretch of the next work day, I contemplated the notion that the world might be better without me. But I knew that fleeting ideation was a pitiful illusion that the veil of alcohol would try to embed in my waking, slightly more rational thoughts.” — Jenna Sheldon, via Facebook
Drinking is more than just a social habit for some people — and that requires proper treatment and change. Individuals with addiction or dependency issues need to cut themselves off, because there may be dangerous consequences if they don’t.
3. The taste of alcohol can be repulsive.
“Alcohol doesn’t taste good to me. I want to live my life to the fullest, so I don’t need to spend time acquiring that taste when there are so many things I do like.” — Lexi Scialdone, via Facebook
Sometimes beer, wine or liquor just doesn’t satisfy the palette. So really, what’s the point?