I have done the Dryathlon. Completely dry January, right up to the end.
A lot of people asked me on Monday 3rd February, "How pissed did you
get at the weekend?", but the honest answer is, "Not very". I had a
glass of white wine, that was it - didn't feel like any more.
I learn anything? Mostly, that you don't need alcohol as much as you
think you do. It's easy to get in the habit. Also, that whilst I can sit
in the pub with my friends and a soft drink and still enjoy myself
apart from the odd pang, it's surviving a whole day working on a budget
consultation with no promise of a glass of Chardonnay at the end of it
that's the challenge. In other words, my job drives me to drink.
drinking now, but more relaxedly. It's like I've realised, if you don't
drink at a party, or on a weekend night... let it go. There's no
compulsion. Just relax, and enjoy, with or without the booze.