I didn’t start drinking alcohol consistently until I was 23. Where I’m from, that’s like being 60.
I just never gave a shit about drinking, even though other people made it a lifestyle, or just got hammered because they felt like it. But once I started drinking, I adopted the practice like it was a long lost son-in-law.
For the next 20 years, my drinking became an almost daily activity that I did “just because.” I didn’t like that at all, so back in May, I gave myself a challenge; I would go the entire month of June without any alcohol whatsoever.
Once June ended, I went right back to drinking and I could tell that I was just doing it for the hell of it. That was good news and bad news because it proved to me that walking away from it could be more attainable than I expected.
Going into September, I told a few friends that I would be “ retiring” from drinking. I ended up having one drink the whole month and that was at a cousin’s engagement party.
I had nothing at all the entire month of October. I drank on three different occasions the entire month of November, and now that today is the 21st of December, I’ve had zero this entire month so far.
All told, I went from drinking almost daily to just four times in the last 111 days. That may seem like a small sample size, but it’s a huge deal for me.
More importantly, I never have the urge to drink and I’ve been in numerous situations where I was challenged to fall back into old habits, and it just didn’t faze me.
I passed on the drinking each time. With ease.
It now seems to me that the “circumstantial evidence” of the formation of this habit could influence a different habit. In this case, staying away from fast food and processed food.
That’s been a mental struggle since childhood, when programming began. Either way, I feel very empowered by this remarkable shift with my non drinking habit.
If I can successfully prove to myself that I can steer clear of excessive drinking, I definitely should be able to do similar shit with those damn eating habits.
I have discovered that everything is just mental and simply the product of a long held habit. Turns out, I was drinking so often simply because alcohol was offered or was easily attainable.
So many times, I was just drinking for the hell of it. Eating habits won’t be as easily altered because eating in general is essential for survival. But it helps a whole bunch to have evidence of mental strength to get a long term habit under control.
Again, I know that it’s been a relatively short time, but knowing myself, that “short period of time” ranks as a significant achievement. I have discovered that I simply don’t like the awful feeling of uncomfortable burning in my throat while I’m trying to sleep.
That’s what had been happening in recent times when I would drink too much.
I am currently in the process of trying to apply the nearly no drinking habit to the poor eating habits I’ve had for decades.
I’ll definitely let you know if the circumstantial evidence is “transferrable.”