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Kim’s journey: 2 months into becoming alcohol-free

Two months alcohol-free

Guest blogger and Club Soda member Kim is now two months into becoming alcohol-free. In this guest article she explains the ups, downs and the not-so-sure’s of her journey so far.


Two months alcohol-free

It’s month two of my alcohol-free journey, so I’m still very new at this and pretty much at the beginning compared to a lot of peeps. I’m still discovering the good things and the bad things, and recording them on my way. Here are a few things I’ve been up to:

The Doctors

Bad: I have an infection and need a heavy dose of antibiotics.  

Good: The doctor started telling me about not drinking on the antibiotics, and I managed to say out loud, more than once: “It’s fine – I DON’T DRINK, I DON’T DRINK!!!!” Hoooorahhhh!

(Granted she looked puzzled at the various unidentified drinking injuries on my medical notes, including a broken arm and concussion sustained from pole dancing around the lamp-post outside my house).

Childcare duties

Good – Not being hungover last Sunday and being able to take a 4 year old to the theatre, without losing or breaking her.

Bad – A theatre full of 3-4 year olds smells of farts and is far noisier than any gig I’ve EVER been to.

Being the friend my friends deserve

Bad – Awful friend week; one diagnosed with cancer, one lost his job, one having awful partner problems.

Good – Being able to give them support. This included doing ad hoc house visits and a morale-boosting skype call (normally totally out of the question as I do not want anyone to see me slurring with my make-up halfway down my face).

Trying to be a normal drinker

Bad – Feeling really pissed off I can’t drink wine again. Ever.

Good – Being introduced to support forums, reading blogs and peeping in the chatroom. Somebody suggested a documentary called ‘Rain in my Heart’. I watched it, and as awful as it was, it certainly helped keep me on the straight and narrow.

Enjoying a different kind of party

Bad – My laser disco ball ran out of batteries mid-disco bath.

Good – I got out of the bath because I’d lost the disco vibe, NOT because I had drunk the half a bottle of Rioja that I would normally take in the bath with me.

Remembering how much I really drank

When I started, I downloaded a couple of apps to help me and then pretty much forgot about them. So when I was stuck at home today unwell with an infection and feeling really sorry for myself, I spent the day on my phone.

I found an app counter I set up. The first showed how much I was drinking (I did lie slightly as I couldn’t admit how much I drank even to myself) and the second is where I am at the moment.

I am so proud but don’t really have anyone to tell. I’m hoping you will be proud of me too.

kop

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  1. shars
    shars 3 Mar 2017 at 10:23 pm #

    KIm you gorgeous woman you are just a sober, epic, legend.
    fantastic blogs 😃😃😃
    I love my sober life, who would have thought it!!!
    Keep right on blogging, big smile reading those, looking forward to reading more x

  2. darcyb
    darcyb 9 Mar 2017 at 11:38 pm #

    Girl, CONGRATS!!! You’re funny and keep at it. I’m on day 2 of 66…maybe more. I’m trying hard to change my relationship with alcohol and change some nasty habits and replace them with positive ones. You are an inspiration!

  3. nellie
    nellie 11 Mar 2017 at 10:29 pm #

    You are inspiring me I am only on day 3 but I want to keep going

  4. roseamongthorns
    roseamongthorns 22 Mar 2017 at 11:35 pm #

    That is awesome! You have totally earned it! Thank you for sharing your journey and being an inspiration to others.

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