A couple of people on the “things we don’t drink anymore” thread mentioned total abstinence. This seems to be a growing pastime not just in the young but increasingly with long term drinkers who have become “sober curious” (yes that’s a thing).
For some time, I’ve been winding down my drinking and about two months ago I made a call to cut booze out completely. It’s gone surprisingly well and this is despite me spending more time in bars than I would normally due to my joining a new band that plays and rehearses in a bar (the landlord is the drummer!).
I’ve always thought that the problem with non-alcoholic substitutions was one of texture not strength. Recent advances in alcohol free beer have come on in leaps and bounds. Even supermarkets stock some very reasonable brews and there’s an underworld of craft brewers competing with each other to perfect the trend. It’s certainly made life easy for me. No such progress has been made with alcohol free wine however.
So is it forever for me? I’m making no rash promises, but I rather think that it might well be. I don’t have one single reason for the life change but lots of little ones. I almost feel a fraud when looking at the various facebook groups that support the enterprise. Some folk there have come from some fairly dark places and I have the utmost admiration for what they are doing on a daily basis.
Anyone else taken the plunge in recent years?