Saturday, February 19, 2011

Pros & Cons

Things that are great about not drinking:
  • No hangover. Although I'm tired, it seems I do sleep more deeply than if drunk (actually getting some decent sleep) and thus while a lot of being hungover is the tiredness, even the curtailed sleep is better when not drinking.
  • Eating better. Not just while drinking but the next day, too.
  • Lots of exclamations of admiration at one's willpower and determination and falsely modest disclaimers from me in response.
  • Resistance of peer pressure does not come into the equation. I can't get talked into "one more" because I'm not having any, so my personal control doesn't really matter.
Things that are not great about not drinking
  • Boredom with drinks (and everyone else's boredom with my boredom with drinks - last night's grapefruit & soda water was quite nice, and then I had a gingery lovely concoction at this place, complete with preserved ginger, which I loved).
  • Having to repeat conversations because the people who were drunk don't remember it all
  • Realisation that when one is drunk, one is rather less together, smooth, sophisticated and funny than one thinks one is. Collective drunkenness is clearly an enhancer.

2 comments:

Ade1a said...

Love this! You can do it, Grace. I am curbing my sugar intake, but I don't have a fixed deadline. The goal is to reduce my sugar craving, which is extremely powerful on most days. So, even though I can steal away a cookie or the like from time to time, I think I can understand what you're talking about. My equivalent of your sleeping better is an overall feeling of well-being. There's something about needing the sugar that could make me anxious sometimes, and I've also realized that I don't need it as much as I thought...
Good luck with the last two weeks.
xxoo

pumpkin said...

Good for you about the sugar! I'm impressed, and I think not setting yourself a deadline but slowly changing choices made is the best way, because it becomes ingrained. I have absolutely no evidence to back that up, of course...