Why I've (Almost) Given Up Alcohol
Short post from me this week on why I have decided to cut back on my consumption of alcohol. Spoiler alert: it's not for everyone, but I'm happy with my decision.
Our unhealthy obsession with alcohol is a weird one. We know it's bad for us, it's literally poison to our bodies, harms our health and makes us feel sh*t the day after.
Yet we continue to relentlessly consume alcoholic beverages with little consideration of its short or long-term impact.
I won't bore you with all the research and studies on the negative impact of alcohol. Blah, blah, blah. We are all aware of that.
As a 25 year old young professional living in London, indulging in alcohol 4 to 5 times a week is something that is unfortunately considered normal. Drinking away your twenties is what people call fun.
I've challenged both this widely held view and myself by limiting my alcohol consumption.
It's not a total ban on alcohol. Similarly, it's not a reduction to an arbitrary number of drinks a week, month or year. I'll simply become more mindful of how much I drink.
It's been two months now - I've never felt better. I'm insanely productive and manage to get a lot more done during my days.
My social life hasn't suffered much either. I've taken Naval Ravikant's advice and now only associate with people where I don’t have to drink to be around them.
If I spend time in the company of others, we schedule activities not involving alcohol. It's not a problem either, if i'm at a bar where others are drinking, I'll have the non-alcoholic beverage.
I'm happy with my choice.
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