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No Alcohol November Results

November 28, 2012

no alcohol november challengeLast Wednesday marked the end of my No Alcohol November Challenge. I should have posted this a few days ago but I decided to take a break from blogging over the holiday so I could focus on spending time with my family.

So how hard was it?

I went 21 days without alcohol and did not cheat once. To be honest I don’t think it was that hard. My first couple of days I felt withdrawal but I think that was mainly psychological, because I knew I wasn’t allowed to have alcohol it made me want it more.

I thought that No Alcohol November was going to be more difficult from a social perspective. Going out to the bars and happy hours without drinking was a little scary. Surprisingly it was pretty easy, everyone was really supportive after I explained what I was doing. I would just order a seltzer water with fresh limes. I even saved a lot of money because a lot of bar tenders wouldn’t even charge me for it.

The Impact

I think that cutting out drinking was good for me. It showed me that I don’t need to drink to have fun or be social. Next time I go out drinking perhaps I will only have a drink or two instead or five to eight. This experience will definitely help me reduce my alcohol consumption in the future. Not drinking also helped me lose some weight by cutting out empty calories.

I think that the thing that makes me the happiest about my experience is that it rubbed off on a few other people too. My dad told me that when he heard about my No Alcohol November Challenge he decided to cut out drinking as well. He said that he already lost 4 or 5 pounds. I’m glad that I had a positive impact on others. I am also happy that I proved that I could go so long without alcohol. I have been putting off trying the whole 30 because I was afraid that I couldn’t give up alcohol for 30 days, but now I know that I can do it.

When I could finally drink alcohol again Thursday at midnight I thought that drinking alcohol would be so amazing and that it would make my body feel so good and that it would taste so great. I drank some Cabernet Sauvignon and to be honest it was just ok. Maybe it was because that specific Cab isn’t that good but it was just further evidence that I don’t need alcohol.

  1. Solid work, man!

  2. Congratulations! I think the social settings do see us sometimes making food/drink decisions we wouldn’t make, if we were at home. Knowing that you are comfortable not drinking, or having 1 or 2 drinks, is a great result from your challenge.

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