1. I gained weight
2. I had the first extended low mood I’ve had in 5 months
3. I felt like having a drink every day after the first
Why are these great reasons?
I obviously wasn’t convinced of the physical and psychological benefits of being alcohol free and needed reminding.
Are you sure it was the alcohol?
Yup. For 5 months my weight and mood have been stable(I’ve been positively, annoyingly happy), my sleep patterns were good and I felt the best I’ve felt in my life. Besides, alcohol is a depressant:
‘Alcohol is a depressant, which means it slows the function of the central nervous system. Alcohol actually blocks some of the messages trying to get to the brain. This alters a person’s perceptions, emotions, movement, vision, and hearing.’
So I’m glad I had a drink in December because it was a big fat reminder of why not to.
Oh, and if you’re wondering what to hold in your hand at parties, I have some suggestions;
Diet soft drink(my fave Bundaberg Diet Lemon Lime and Bitters or Gingerbeer)
Sparkling Mineral Water
Someone’s else’s hand
Your wallet, car keys and licence because, lets face it, you’re going to end up being the designated driver.
Happy New Year Party people!