Opinion: Staying sober is really hard but life without booze is magic

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Are you sober-curious? It can be hard to say no to drink but my life is so much better without it, writes Elaine Benson.

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Elaine Benson AS I STARE down the barrel of a night alone at home without my son, I can’t stop thinking about drinking wine.

Years of continuous alcohol consumption starting at age 13 has definitely impacted my brain and it will take time for my brain to adjust back to normal. For me, the motivation was wanting something else more than a drink – and that was a relationship with my son. I was such a bad ‘drinking’ mom. From the outside looking in, I felt other moms were able to have those evening wines and be ok the next day. I felt I was alone in being so unable to cope with looking after my son when I was hungover. Since he was born, on almost every occasion that I drank, I had to call on his father to pick up the pieces the next day.

Then when I separated from his dad, I didn’t have a choice anymore. Staying in bed for the day, vomiting, or crying in the corner feeling overwhelmed on a hangover, just weren’t options once I was parenting alone. It was the feeling that I needed a break constantly from my son, my life, my work – you name it, but the break never came. Of course, what I really needed a break from was the booze.

It can feel boring at the beginning when you are trying to avoid the booze and you just can’t face staying out late with loud, spitty, drunk people.Are you sober-curious? If you are finding it tough to say no, that is normal and if you have wondered what life would be like without the focus of alcohol but can’t seem to stop, you are not alone.

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If staying sober is really hard for you then you are an alcoholic & need help. I’ve read some rubbish in my time but this one is very near the top.

Congratulations. A lot of others should take note. Far too much emphasis on booze here- people seem to believe it is Necessary if one is to be enjoying everything or curing sadness.

Have no grá for it at all any more. Can't be arsed with the hangovers or the cost. Can't be bothered with the hassle of trying to get home if out, can't be dealing with the messiness that turns aggressive. Even if people insist on buying me a drink I don't drink it now.


Lovely pints are lovely

Irish people can never just have one drink the way people in Italy, France or Spain do, that’s the problem

Yes it is

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