This year we did ‘Dry January’ - no alcohol for the whole month - and I really felt the benefits; my head was clearer, I slept better and my mood was brighter.
Despite all of that, because yesterday was the first day I could drink again I did, and probably a little more than I should. This morning I feel pretty rubbish - I slept badly, I have a headache and I feel generally ‘meh’.
But I’m glad I over-indulged last night, because it has highlighted so clearly the difference between before and after; I doubt I will ever stop drinking completely, but now I have reminded myself so vividly the ‘cost’ of an evening drinking wine.
Every situation, good or bad, holds a lesson. It’s up to us to decide whether it’s a lesson we want to learn…