The old AO health & fitness section used to have a good thread about the benefits (and difficulties) of quitting drinking. It was a good place for folks to talk about where they were in the process and how it was changing their lives (for better and/or worse). I waited a year for some one else to start one, but I guess I have to the be alcoholic that makes the first post.
I’ll be 2 years sober this December (minus a few times I fell off wagon, so I don’t exactly have my chips). This is a BFD for me after ~15 years of varying degrees of alcohol abuse. After almost 2 years, I really feel like a normal person again. It was a long process of mental stages (we can get into it if anyone is interested). I still feel a little vulnerable to hitting a spontaneous bender, but for the first time in my adult life I can say ‘I dont need a drink’.
On the fitness side:
Instead of drinking 5x a week I now work out 3-5x a week. I am in the best shape of my life. I still have a lot of problems with stress and sleep, but physically I am beyond anything I could ever imagine. My goal is to be able to do a full front lever. I’m a long ways off, but I have the first 2 parts of the progression down.
my one liner for folks considering making the plunge into sobriety:
“Quitting drinking wont solve any of your problems. But it will let you start solving them”