Alcohol – It’s More Fun Living Without It!

by Carmel Reid, BEng DMS CertEd MCMI, Somerset UK

When I was a young child, I was occasionally offered the opportunity to sip some wine. It didn’t taste nice to me.

At some point, in my late teens/early 20s, I started to drink. I don’t know why I overrode my body’s natural dislike of the alcohol, I can only assume it was in order to be like my friends, who also drank. Unfortunately, I would often drink too much and end up being sick in the most embarrassing places.

To avoid further embarrassment, I reduced how much I drank and sometimes avoided it altogether: I would use the excuse of being the driver and that was accepted.

From my sober state, I would watch my friends drinking and getting louder and louder: it was funny but somewhat disturbing to see highly intelligent (Mensa level) men and women get drunk and have what they were convinced was an intelligent conversation. It made me wonder… how loud was I when drunk? Or, more importantly, WHO was I? It’s as if another being had taken over these people… did that happen to me, too?

Doctors say drinking alcohol ‘in moderation’ is OK, but once we start, do we ever really know when to stop? I’ve seen young kids outside a school disco collapse in the street because they’d been drinking; I’ve seen adults who’ve had strokes or who have diabetes continue to drink, despite doctors’ warnings. We have all heard about road accidents and domestic violence linked to alcohol consumption. Is it really OK?

In 2005 I stopped drinking alcohol altogether. I’d been learning a lot about the physical effects of alcohol in the body, and it all made sense to me. I wasn’t drinking much by then, because I didn’t enjoy the headaches and general muzziness I would feel the next day, so it was easy to stop. Some people treated me as if I was a bit weird, but over the years it’s become easier to say with confidence, “No thanks, I don’t drink”, and they don’t challenge me any more.

To be honest, I haven’t missed it – I still have lots of fun, and I’m sure my liver appreciates the choice I made!

143 thoughts on “Alcohol – It’s More Fun Living Without It!

  1. Cool. Super wise blog and intelligent choice. We must also ask ourselves: what makes us seek alcohol? What does it really do to our psyche and do we actually know what effects it is having on us? Do we really want to know? With all we have seen and heard already – what are we really choosing in life that lead to the consumption of alcohol? Let us be humble and wondering of why we consume such substance – whilst knowing the high harm it does. .

  2. We all know that alcohol is not beneficial to our body – despite the regular theories that are claimed in the news – let alone all the time wasted recovering from the effects of alcohol consumption. Saying ‘Yes’ to caring enough for our body to not drink alcohol brings many benefits.

  3. I agree Carmel, I have had more fun since I stopped drinking alcohol than I ever had when I was and that is why I have not had a drink foe over 15 year and know without a doubt that I will never drink again.

  4. There is a huge pressure in our society to fit in through being part of the drinking culture. If you are not part of it, who are you and what’s wrong with you? I succumbed to it, even though as with you, my initial response to the taste of alcohol was that is tasted disgusting, with my whole body saying a very loud ‘NO’ this is poison. To be honest it never felt right, but I persevered with it as my desire to belong was driving me. However, the more I began to discover and embrace a loving relationship with my essence within, with who I am, I felt less and less the need to drink alcohol as more and more my life was being enriched with the love of my Soul, with a sense of true of knowing and belonging that is beyond compare.

  5. I never enjoyed the taste of alcohol and on the back of that the way you felt the next day was the kicker to that. When I look at it now it doesn’t make sense to drink for me, I didn’t like how it tasted, I didn’t like how it felt, I didn’t like not remembering parts or all of the night or day, it cost me a lot of money and I am sure there is more. In other words why would I do it? The main reason was because when I looked around that’s what people were doing and to be a part of that I did what they did. I thought it was a normal part of life and in place of trusting what I wanted to do I just did what everybody else did. I don’t stop people from drinking or not go to places where they drink, I’m still very social but I just choose to do what I feel and my feeling has always been not to drink and so now all of me is just on board with that.

  6. I drank alcohol almost daily for over 40 years, so no judgment from me here, but isn’t it crazy to put a known poison into our bodies that changes our perception of reality and destroys our energetic integrity?

  7. I would imagine a good percentage of young people who taste alcohol for the first time don’t like the taste which is the bodies saying something is not right here …..a little bit like coffee it is actually quite a bitter taste when first tried, but we are willing to pursue both these drinks because they are both acceptable ways of socialising and ‘relaxing.’ and so we force our bodies to take in a poison that is polluting our body. I only ever liked alcohol if I added something sweet to it to mask the flavour. Once I understood what happens to us when we drink and why it is so mind altering and changes our perception of everything it was quite easy to give up.

  8. I love my life without alcohol. I gave up in 2006. It wasn’t a big ‘whammy’ kind of moment, but something that had been coming for a few years. I love not having to think about when I last had a drink when I get behind the wheel of my car. I love not ‘being under the influence’ when I am with my wife. I love not having alcohol related hangovers any more – although odd as it may seem, I noticed that my body still feels like it has hangovers if I overeat or eat something ‘alien’ to it. Living without alcohol can seem like a big deal – but it is a very loving thing to choose in my opinion – and my experience.

  9. It’s not just drinking but there are loads of behaviours and ways of living that are abusive to our body and innate sensitivity that we engage with in order to fit in and be liked.
    What is it about this wanting to be liked and fit in, even to the extent of accepting abuse, that we so desire?

  10. I totally agree – there were too many moments I would rather forget and wished others would not remember when I used to drink, and with my willingness to be present at all times, life is definitely far more richer and without alcohol.

  11. Not drinking alcohol simplifies life in my experience. Not only that but it is an honouring of ourselves and hence an act of self love – which is better than any drink I’ve ever had.

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