We may already be in the second month of the new year, but it's never too late for resolutions or to make positive changes to your life. Tonight, on February 3rd, I quit drinking alcohol.
I had actually quit drinking years ago before I rented a room at T-Wrex's house. When I moved in with him, he liked to drink a lot and was hoping to have a drinking buddy as a roommate so I eventually started drinking beer again. For the record, I've never been an alcoholic and don't have any memories of getting so drunk I threw up or blacked out, and recently I was only drinking a beer or two on my days off from work.
I realized several facts about the matter of me drinking. Alcohol doesn't really do much for me aside from giving me a strange feeling in my head, clouding my judgment and motor skills, and messing with my mood and thoughts. It's also costly, unnecessary, and to a person who's been eating, working out, and living healthy for a long time now, outright unhealthy.
So what's the point then, I thought? I don't need a vice that hardly does anything useful or fun for me. I quit smoking weed ten years ago because all it did was make me paranoid and anxious, which is the opposite of what it did for me when I smoked it as a teenager. In high school, marijuana helped combat the teenage social anxiety I experienced and made everything hilarious and enjoyable, but after I grew up and grew out of that anxiety, it suddenly turned on me and caused me to have paranoid thoughts and freak out. The obvious choice was to quit.
Alcohol used to be a lot of fun too when I was younger. Drinking underage and in my early 20's made me feel tingly and invincible, but that feeling stopped happening a while ago. I realize so many people who continue abusing substances do so because they desire to chase that early feeling they got from it that they simply won't be able to reproduce no matter how much they put into their bodies.
For me, I just saw beer as a treat for me to enjoy as a celebration of my days off from work. I had stopped drinking liquor years before this because my body stopped tolerating it, and listening to my body now, it's time to stop with beer as well. At the end of the day, it simply goes hand in hand with all the other unnecessary things I've given up in life after my body began rejecting them, including meat, fried food, fast food, sweets, coffee, food or drinks with added sugar, and tobacco. I'm also a very minimalist person so I won't continue with something that's pointless to me.
I had been considering quitting again for a while. Tonight I made the decision and poured the remaining cans of beer that were in my refrigerator down the drain. I won't buy anymore after doing that.
2022 is going to see a sober Primal 😊