Over the past 4 months I have made a conscious decision to reduce my alcohol consumption.
I've not gone completely sober, but it's a dramatic reduction in my weekly intake and a far-cry from how much I was drinking in my early 20's.
I typically only drink alcohol at social events now, of which this is likely to be no more than 5-6 times per year. I don't drink at all from Monday to Friday.
And here's why...
Having abused alcohol for the better part of 15 years, I started to notice something each and every time I woke up feeling horrendous on a Sunday morning.
The consequences started to outweigh the enjoyment.
I.e. the enjoyment of drinking vs. how I would feel the next day had a reverse effect. If I were to draw a graph it would probably look like this:
And as I move into my thirties and shift my priorities it has become apparent to me that my focus is on feeling good as much as possible.
And here are some of things I've noticed:
- an increase in productivity and focus
- improved body composition
- larger allowance of calories to go towards other fun foods and drinks
- increase in savings and finances
- doing more fun things on Sundays
- no longer feeling crap on Mondays
- reduced sense of anxiety
Now these differences are purely correlative and may not mean it was down to reducing my alcohol consumption. But I'd put good money on it at least being a major factor.
So where does this leave you?
I would ask myself the question - 'why do I drink alcohol?' and be honest with the answer.
Do you genuinely enjoy it?
Or is it a crutch to get you over a stressful day at work, or to get you through a social situation because your friends are boring, or because you don't know how else to fill your time.
Does it add value to your life, or like most things, are you spending money on things that are likely devaluing your life?
I'm not saying you need to go out and completely give up alcohol and go tee total and join a Monastery.
But what I am saying is to better understand your priorities in life.
Would you rather risk the chance of blowing your diet on another uneventful night out (as we know that it's going to lead to a kebab and a hangover of epic proportions) or spend it on a gym membership or coaching to help you get to your goals?
Especially if this is a weekly routine.
Food for thought.
Or liquor for thought.
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