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4. Serious Savings!
Of course, drinks are not free, but you might be shocked at how much money you spend on alcohol. Even going out to eat, having one alcoholic drink is normal, but costly! Why not experiment with other “drinks”, such as seltzer water and fruit juices, instead? If you are really ambitious, you could estimate how much you would have spent on your bar tab if you went to your friend’s celebratory party and put that money away. If you like to drink wine after dinner, take the money you would have spent on a couple bottles of wine and put that money aside. After 30 or 60 days, you might be shocked at what a nice little bundle you have! The question now is, what will you do with that money?
5. Time and Energy
Have you ever been asked to go out with co-workers after work and immediately thought “Oh, well, there goes my plans for the evening!”? It’s almost impossible to go to the gym or hit up that yoga class after you’ve had a couple of drinks. Also, in the morning, you probably won’t feel much like getting up early, even if you aren’t hung over, because you probably went to bed far too late. Late nights, and then late mornings, really cut into your time and heavy drinking will completely drain you of energy.
6. Self-Esteem and Confidence
Not having to rely on a couple of drinks, and still being able to walk into a social setting, can be a huge confidence booster. You would be surprised how many people’s self-esteem is so low that they don’t feel as if they are able to have a good time or speak to a group of people without a few shots under their belts. When you aren’t drinking, your confidence level will soar as you realize you can still talk to people and actually remember the conversation in the morning!
7. Improved Relationships
As long as you spend the time you would have spent out at parties actually talking to your friends and family and not surfing Facebook or watching Netflix, your personal relationships are bound to improve! Make plans in advance to spend time with your spouse talking to each other, playing board games with your kids, or going to visit your mother. No cocktail in the world will make you feel as good inside as spending quality time with your loved ones.
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Just one last note: people are saying that when (if) they do go back to drinking after going dry, they tend to be much more conscious and careful about what they drink and how much they drink afterwards. That, friends, is a good thing.