EP 118: Reader Question – Why Don’t You Drink Alcohol?

Why do some people choose to drink in moderation while others choose to quit altogether? If I never had a “rock bottom” or “aha” moment, then should I still give up drinking completely? What are the benefits of being completely sober versus just drinking in moderation? Find out why Annie decided for her, the best option was to just not drink at all and how she continues to reap the benefits of living a naked life.

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Questioning My Relationship

For me, it started with a mimosa at a hotel bar at 8am. Why was I drinking at 8am. When had I started drinking so much?

I reached a point in my relationship with alcohol when, like a bad relationship, it started taking more than it was giving.

Why I Don’t Drink Alcohol

1. Alcohol never satisfies.

I never consciously decided to drink every night. It just happened. And anything that “happens” without my full awareness is concerning. It means—if I’m being honest with myself—that I have less control than I thought I did.

Soon, I was drinking almost a bottle of wine a night. The idea of taking a night off actually became scary, because I had come to rely on it. I didn’t like that feeling, and when I decided it was time to cut back it was harder than I thought it would be.

It’s only when you’ve decided to drink less that you realize how much of a grasp alcohol has on you. I don’t drink alcohol because I want the control.

2. I wanted to focus on my health.

I don’t drink alcohol because of my health. When I was a drinker, I told myself that red wine had health benefits. But when I actually looked at the research, I was shocked. Not only is that untrue but alcohol was declared a known carcinogen in 1988.

Of course, there’s also common sense: drinking something that makes you feel like sh*t the day after probably isn’t good for your body.

3. Family

The number one reason I don’t drink alcohol is my family. I wanted to be present for my family. To have memories and enjoy the moments – all of them. Now I can say that I do. Every day.

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