Welcome to my alcoholfreesociallife.com website. I feel a bit nervous at writing this and would like to reach for a drink but I can’t! Or at least I have chosen not to.
Five years ago I stopped drinking alcohol forever. I was never an alcoholic and was not really drinking daily but I was starting to drink a few times per week, not being able to understand nor respect my limits and wasting the next day with hangovers!
At that time, I could not have believed that I could live without alcohol. I thought that drinking was absolutely essential to both having a good time and being able to relax. Essentially I thought that it would be impossible to go out without having a drink.
The other main killer is peer pressure. All my friends drank (and still do) and I felt that this then put pressure on me to do the same. I think thinking that you might be boring and worse that others might think the same of you is one of the hardest things to deal with.
Now that I have stopped drinking, not only is this peer pressure no longer a problem but I probably go out more to bars and clubs than I did before I stopped drinking and all my friends continue to drink. Also now in London, we have 24 hour drinking (theoretically) and since last week, all smoking is banned in bars and pubs.
Funnily enough, my first experience of going to a pub on the 4th July was to be carded and asked for ID. I didn’t have any ID with me so had to leave the pub! It is incredible everyone here is now checking for ID pretty seriously.
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