30 Days Alcohol Free Challenge (My Journey to Sobriety, the Triumphs, & the Slip on Day 4)

Friday – Unemployed, Chasing My Dreams

Fourth Attempt – Day 3 of My “30-Day Experiment”

9:20 AM

I just crawled out of bed, and boy, was it a rough night at the camp. It felt like I was sleeping on the surface of the sun with the crazy heat we had last night. To top it off, my fan gave up on me when my battery died. If only I had some extra cash to invest in more solar panels and batteries, life would be so much more bearable out here. But for now, I’ll just have to tough it out and deal with the heat. Eventually, it started cooling down around 5 AM, so I managed to catch some more Z’s.

I’m still tired, but there’s something exciting on the horizon today – painting! Starting my own business has got me all fired up, and I owe it to this 30-day experiment I’m doing.

Even though I’ve failed the “30-day no-alcohol challenge” three times already in my attempt to go alcohol-free for 30 days, this time feels different. I’ve been dipping my toe in those two books by Simon Chapple (Amazon), and using the “The Alcohol Experiment” website, which has been a game-changer. And I’ve been watching a few of the videos that Annie Grace has on her “Alcohol Experiment” website.

Not to mention, I’ve been diving into scientific journals to understand the nitty-gritty of what alcohol does to my body and brain. This little bit of knowledge has made me feel less compelled to drink, which is a huge win for me.

But I’ve got to tackle those pesky cravings that have tripped me up before. They’ve been the culprits behind my relapses for the past 17 years. Time to figure out how to defeat them!

7:30 PM

Today took an unexpected turn, and something happened at the gas station that’s left me shaken. There was an altercation with a woman in her early 20s, and it’s etched into my memory. But I’ll delve into that story in the next post because right now, I’m grappling with my own emotions.

Unfortunately, in an attempt to cope with the stress and sadness, I fell back into the trap of alcohol. It’s disappointing, but I’m only human, and I’m trying to forgive myself for the slip-up. The fear of this woman seeking revenge is gnawing at me, and I can’t seem to shake it off. But I know I need to find healthier ways to deal with my anxieties.

But one thing’s for sure, now there’s no doubt in my mind that I’m an alcoholic. I just can’t stop drinking! I’m so frustrated!

Supplementary Info: 30 Days Alcohol Free

If you’re thinking about taking a 30-day alcohol-free challenge, there are many benefits you might want to consider. Going alcohol-free for a month can be a practical way to interrupt habits, help control your drinking, and experience positive changes in your overall well-being. After completing the course, you’ll likely notice an increase in energy levels and better sleep quality. Many people who have taken on this challenge report that they feel more in control of their habits and have lost weight due to reduced alcohol and calorie intake.

During the first week of your alcohol-free journey, you may experience some alcohol withdrawal symptoms, but don’t be discouraged. Many people find it easier than they initially thought to quit drinking alcohol once they get past the first 10 days. You might also discover new activities and interests during this time, as you’ll have more clarity and time to explore other hobbies.

One of the most significant benefits of a 30-day alcohol-free trial is the positive impact it can have on your liver and blood pressure. Without booze in your system, your liver gets a well-deserved break from alcohol processing, leading to improved liver function. Additionally, your blood pressure may decrease, reducing the risk of related health issues.

The benefits of a month without alcohol are not limited to physical health alone. Many people find that their mental clarity improves, and they gain a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence after completing the challenge. Taking this break from alcohol can also help you reassess your relationship with drinking and understand the role it plays in your life.

If you’re worried about the social aspect of not drinking, fear not. You can still enjoy social gatherings without alcohol, and you might inspire others to consider their drinking habits too. After the 30 days are up, some people choose to continue their alcohol-free journey, while others opt for a more moderate approach, like participating in Dry January or having occasional alcohol-free weeks.

For women, in particular, taking a break from alcohol can be beneficial, as studies have shown that women may be more vulnerable to the negative effects of alcohol on their bodies. Moreover, quitting drinking can be just as helpful as quitting tobacco when it comes to improving health outcomes.

If you decide to try the 30-day alcohol-free challenge, remember that you are not alone. There are many online resources, courses, and treatment options available to help you along the way. Most importantly, be kind to yourself during the process, and don’t hesitate to seek help if you need it. You might discover that this month without alcohol becomes a turning point, leading you to a healthier, happier, and more sober life.