10. People find they have fewer regrets when living alcohol-free. Not only do they not do stupid, risky and troublesome things when drunk, but they also are more available to experience more from life.
11. Quitting is both very difficult and very easy. The first stretch when they stop drinking is the most challenging, as the cravings for booze must be reckoned with, yet once they’ve experienced sobriety, they find it is much easier than they had imagined to stay sober, even when hanging out with drunk people.
12. For some reason, it really makes drinkers uncomfortable to be around someone who is abstaining. They realize that people who drink are incredibly judgmental towards non-drinkers, and will try anything to get a sober person to join the party with a drink. They will even make fun of you or put you down.
13. They notice that many people are just assholes when they drink. This is not always easy to see when partaking in booze with everyone else, but with the clarity of sobriety, many find that the quick-witted social rock stars appear that seem so impressive at the bar are just really attention seeking jerks.
14. They realize that booze-fueled conversations are actually boring, ego-driven, and quite superficial, as well as highly prone to aggressiveness, bickering, fighting, and ill sentiments.
15. They realize that people can be just as toxic as substances and that many relationships are not able to survive without the crutch of booze. They tend to learn a great deal about who their true friends really are.
16. They begin to understand that alcoholism is in large part an environmental disorder, meaning that it is just as easy to not drink once a reasoned change has been made to their environment, who they spend time with, who they work with, and what they do in their free time.
17. Alcohol is the least fulfilling and least interesting buzz available when compared to many other mind-altering and mind-expanding substances people take to alter consciousness.
18. They find it easier to make healthier choices in general, choosing better foods, drinking more water, taking more exercise, and purposefully sleeping better.
19. They find that not drinking allows them to experience a greater level of spiritual awareness and consciousness in their everyday lives.
20. They find that a return to drinking alcohol is often immediately gratifying with one or two drinks, but that shortly after consuming even a small amount of alcohol they feel crappy, lethargic, spaced out, dizzy, and off.
Not drinking alcohol can give you a serious edge in a society where most everyone else is boozing it up on a regular basis. The zeitgeist of alcohol is that it makes life more fun, but the reality is that it is a massive industry pushed onto the public which has created a culture of self-destructive behavior.
Changing your personal habits to improve your health, mental clarity and a spiritual awareness are challenging, but doing so is perhaps the single most critical facet of personal development. Many people find that abstaining from booze makes this process much easier.
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