June 8th, 2020
It's been about six months ago since I decided to quit drinking alcohol.

Since then, I've had 3 drinks:

  • A beer after my half-marathon
  • A beer after my marathon
  • A shot that my friend forcefully made me drink after my marathon

But other than that, I stopped drinking. I don't have a beer at dinner anymore, usually just a Diet Coke.

What sparked me to quit was this video.

It's awesome - that video seems to have motivated some others, too:

YouTube comment

If anyone is out there reading this, here is why I did it:

  • I'm tired of using alcohol as a social crutch: Why do I need to get drunk to "go out", meet women, socialize, or otherwise have a good time?
  • Society has made us feel that we need to drink to celebrate, have a good time, have sex, etc.
  • Drinking gives me hangovers, which sometimes give me really, really bad anxiety (that's a post for another day)

I don't really have much to say about quitting drinking. Not drinking alcohol just feels normal now.

I will be honest, I didn't have that many temptations. We've been in a pandemic, and I haven't done much social things in the last few months.

Next month, I'm headed to New York City to live there for a couple months. NYC is a city that thrives on alcohol and nightlife. 

Will I drink there? Probably.

But it's actually a goal of mine to "go out" and not drink, and be open with the fact that I don't drink, or just have it feel "normal".

Mostly, I just want to see if I can have fun without alcohol - meet people, talk to girls, go to parties, all without alcohol. I don't think I've ever done it before!

More to come on this.