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Giving Up Alcohol – Week #4 – My Top 5 Reasons Why I Quit Booze

It’s a big step to give up drinking alcohol. I analysed for such a long time and like with everything I do, figuring out my ‘why‘ came first. I highly recommend finding your why so it helps make better life choices. As I said, I find the why for absolutely everything I am and all that I do so when a decision has to be made, I can do so quickly and effortlessly. So why would I give up alcohol? Find out here in my top 5 reasons why I quit booze.

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LBR Top 5 Reasons Why I Quit Booze

Why I Quit Booze #5 – Money

I suppose this is the more obvious one because drinking alcohol costs a lot of money and now that I’m officially ‘retired’ as I like to call it, money is not something I have an abundance of. If we look at the numbers briefly we can see just how much I’m set to save. My poison was always Jack & Cola cans so I’d be paying between $4-$8 per can and I’d drink between 2 and 8 per day. I was getting a little ‘smarter’ for a while and bulk buying and also trying to drink less but when I averaged it out I was still spending about $20/day or $140 a week. If I did that all year it works out to be over $7000. That’s a heck of a lot of money when you see it like that! But let’s say I drank beer instead and only on weekends keeping it to Friday and Saturday nights. I’m guessing I’d not just have a couple, I’d drink at least a six pack at an average of $20. So that’s $40/week which is still over $2000 a year.

How else could that money be spent?

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Why I Quit Booze #4 – Relationships

Drinking started as a social thing because it was what we did as youths or young adults. We’d go out, get drunk and ‘live our best lives’. It was supposed to help me connect with people. I’ve always had a hard time connecting with people and making friends and when I discovered that alcohol wasn’t helping like I’d hoped, I slowly reduced my drinking. Profound improvements ensued and I soon became a little less annoying and started having better conversations. The biggest improvement was between my wife and I. We connect way easier when I’m not drinking so I’m excited about how the year off will improve this. I’m definitely looking forward to closer bonds with my friends and family.

Why I Quit Booze #3 – Mental Health

As I mentioned in week #2, my mental health suffers when I’m drinking. I’ll be clear, giving up alcohol is not a golden ticket cure for mental health battles but I see now how it can help. This week for example, I’ve felt a few strong emotions come through and without the gentle push from a little whiskey to amplify them, I’ve been able to break down what I felt and learn for next time. I am searching for greater clarity of mind. While I love pondering life over a few drinks on my front porch, doing so completely sober should to produce much better and longer lasting results.

bicycle touring and adventureWhy I Quit Booze #2 – Physical Health

With huge goals this year for my Ninja Warrior ‘career’, focussing on increasing my body’s performance is crucial. A while ago, my coach completely changed my perspective of food and subsequently alcohol. Instead of it being about the pleasurable experience of eating, think more of it as fueling your body. You want good, clean fuel to make sure you get the best performance. While I’m linking this to my quest for the top spot in my sport it’s also completely applicable to our everyday lives. Walking up a broken escalator, running for the bus, walking to the shops instead of taking the car or simply being able to keep up with your kids. Putting good fuel in and dramatically reducing the bad, including alcohol, will help with your performance.

Why I Quit Booze #1 – Me

My number one reason for giving up alcohol is me. I suppose I’m a little selfish and have just always done things that I want to do. If something popped up that I didn’t want to do, I would figure out how to not do that thing and ensure it was clear that I wasn’t interested. Like when I decided school wasn’t for me but was told I had to stay unless I got a job. That weekend I got myself a job. This meant that when people were telling me to quit drinking so much, I drank more. Until something clicked. I began to understand my own personal why and how alcohol affected that. For my own personal development and self-improvements to occur, I needed to stop drinking; for me. No one else but me. Everyone else will come after that. Once I’ve done it for me first. That way, because it is for me, it will stick. I won’t hold anything against anyone for making me give up something I love.

There it is, my main reasons for giving up alcohol for a year. After 4 weeks now I’m feeling very optimistic about the next 11 months, much more than I was late last year. I’m blown away by the constant support from friends and potentially some people to join in for a month or two. Could you be up for a no-booze challenge?

Are you up for a 29 day challenge?

February is just days away and as the shortest month of the year it’s perfect to challenge yourself to 29 days without alcohol. It’s the month that got me on my path to changing my relationship with alcohol and perhaps yours too!

Join in, LET’S GO!