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Can I survive a life without booze?

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It's time to call 'time' on tipples

I’m about to embark on one of the most difficult journeys I’ve ever made.

Deep breath.

Here I go.

I’m giving up alcohol in the new year.

There. It’s out. It’s public. No going back.

There are a couple of reasons behind my decision.

Reason number one: I simply want to see if I can do it. After all, it’s a big old challenge. Booze is the lubricant that greases the wheels of new friendships, flirting and one night stands. How different will life be without that crutch to fall back on?

Reason number two: I desperately want to give up smoking.

My problem with smoking and drinking is that as soon as I get even a whiff of an alcoholic substance, I’m overcome with the craving to stick a fag in my gob and puff away.

This would be fine if I could limit myself to social smoking, but for me, it’s all or nothing. It starts with accepting every social invitation I get just so I have an excuse to smoke. Then before long, it’s crept back into my daily routine like bindweed in an untended garden.

Reason number three: As I hurtle further along the road of thirtysomething-ness, the effects of too much beer and wine tend to hang around a lot longer than a simple next-day hangover. Namely on my belly.

Having spent my entire twenties being the envy of my friends because I had abs you could bounce a fifty pence piece off of, this is, as you can imagine, somewhat horrifying.

So all in all, a couple of really good reasons to ban the booze.

So why does the thought of a life without alcohol strike utter terror into my heart?

Far from it being socially acceptable to be teetotal, most people look at you like you’ve grown an extra head when you ask for a soft drink instead of a beer.

Having just spent Christmas on antibiotics and therefore tipple-free, I found myself getting mildly irritated as my family and friends slowly became louder and gigglier as the day wore on. I felt like I was on a different wavelength.

And what is this going to do for my sex life? No longer will I have the ‘confidence’ to walk up to fit boys in bars and devastate them with (what I believe to be) my witty repartee.

Oh, Lord.

Am I going to become *gasp* boring?

Before I go and hurl myself into the Thames, let’s look at the positives:

  1. I’m going to lose my rapidly expanding beer belly
  2. I might make it to the gym on a Saturday morning for once
  3. I might actually kick the fags for good
  4. I’m going to be a hell of a lot healthier (see points 2 and 3)
  5. I won’t waste my weekends dying on the sofa with a hangover
  6. I’ll stop snogging guys I wouldn’t fancy in a million years if I was sober
  7. I won’t wake up in a strange bed and recoil in horror at the person lying next to me
  8. I might actually make it through a party without creeping off to a bedroom somewhere to crash out for an hour
  9. I can laugh at my friends when they get into a state and remind them of what they did when I see them the next day

Hmm, this is actually looking a lot better than it did a few minutes ago.

So I guess mine’s an orange juice.

Well, for a while, anyway…

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Written by guy_interrupted

December 30, 2009 at 12:33 pm

7 Responses

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  1. All I can say is GOOD LUCK.
    Digging your writing style.

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    daisyjenson

    December 30, 2009 at 9:02 pm

  2. I’ll look forward to this experiment with interest.

    But don’t get new friends. We’ll cope. Quietly. Honest.

    Colm

    January 6, 2010 at 10:52 am

  3. First of all, good luck with your new year resolution and I can tell it’s gonna be tough tough tough and I hope you’ll make it. Good Luck!

    Secondary, AWESOME blog!

    Thirdly, as you suggested on Joshua’s Gay About Town, we should do a single Bloggers’ wild night out in town!

    William

    January 7, 2010 at 12:00 am

  4. I don’t think you need alcohol to go up to guys in bars- your face and personality meshed with the already toned physique are more than enough for a positive reaction!! xxx

    Anna

    January 15, 2010 at 2:03 pm

  5. Amazing insights. I enjoy to look over your content. Always interesting topics, in addition to great research. It is best to be putting a lot of time into your blogs.

    Dewayne K.

    March 5, 2010 at 7:26 am

  6. I concur with your reasoning and your perspective on this. For my own choice, up until the age of 21 I refused to drink alcohol in any form. It was a personal choice, and I stand by it.

    The ‘struggles’ that you elude to, more specifically regarding ‘social lubricant’ of alcohol and smoking are in fact probably very true. Had I have been more prone to accept an offer of a drink instead of decline, I would have had a lot easier of a time making friends and being social.

    However, at least now I know that people that I surround myself with, are of a certain quality and not superficial.

    oskyldig

    June 28, 2010 at 5:09 pm

  7. [cliché]You’re a Brit. Of course you can’t[/cliché] 😛

    Benjamin

    October 26, 2010 at 1:38 pm


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