I finished reading Under the Influence: A Guide to the Myths and Realities of Alcoholism today. I have to say I’ve learned a lot about how the body processes Alcohol and I think that this should be a book that all people entering adulthood ought to be required to read. I’m still digesting a lot of the information and will continue to read on the subject as I dive into the followup book, Beyond the Influence: Understanding and Defeating Alcoholism.
I made it through the Fourth of July without taking a drop of booze and with that crossed the 10 day mark in my journey. I thought it would be difficult, because I had plans to spend the day around friends who would be drinking beers, but it turned out not to be difficult at all. While they enjoyed their beers, I enjoyed some ice tea and we played bean bag (a.k.a corn-hole) into the evening after spending the day at the cookout at the pool.
There are a couple of events on the horizon that I was concerned about, including a team meeting and my MS Ride next weekend, but I’m pretty confident that I’ll get though those events without a care.
In general, I am feeling really positive about this experiment. Since I began regularly drinking beer in college, I have never taken an extended break from alcohol. The most I’ve ever gone was the five days of the work week. That’s 23 years of having something to drink (though not always excessive amounts) nearly every day. I’m finding that I have more energy, sleep better and have a higher tolerance for the little niggles in life.
All in all, this experiment seems to be positive in nearly all respects.