6-Month Experiment: No Alcohol

Life is more enjoyable without it.

6-Month Experiment: No Alcohol

Alcohol disrupts sleep, makes me feel unpleasant, increases my heart rate, dehydrates me, and steals money while offering $0 of unique value.

So why drink alcohol?

It tastes good and is a root of human culture. Even if you don’t drink alcohol, it’s almost impossible not to be around it.

I’m a sucker for a well-crafted mojito with only a hint of sugar. Cider and wine also please my palate. When I’m with others who are drinking, I may or may not be doing the same. My alcohol consumption is random.

I enjoyed one sip of my friend's wine on July 4 at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant in Disney World and one glass the day before. My 6-month hiatus from alcohol started on July 5.

Champagne may flow down my throat at Midnight on January 1, 2023. Either way, my hiatus from alcohol will likely continue into 2023 and beyond.

Life is fun without drinking alcohol, even you’re if surrounded by it.

The most fun 3-month period of my adult life was in late 2015 while on a 3-month hiatus from alcohol. I was living in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and the Thai island of Koh Phangan. I met hundreds of people from around the globe and danced my ass off. Alcohol surrounded me. I enjoyed activities and other people's company despite not drinking.

The odds of a restful night's sleep increase if you avoid alcohol. As the foundation for how we feel each day, sleep allows for a more enjoyable experience with whatever we’re doing.

If you’ve been thinking about abstaining from alcohol, there is no better time than now. Try it for a day, a week, a month, a year—whatever floats your boat.

If alcohol is a struggle for you and you want to give it up, take a gander at Benya Clark’s publication on Medium, Exploring Sobriety.