The nub of the study was to give the same amount of money to two sets of people, one group of whom could buy goods such as wine, a treat etc., and the other had to spend the money on someone else doing chores which resulted in them having more time for themselves. The results concluded that having more time for yourself was far more satisfying than having more ‘things’ in life.
When you quit alcohol, you will find you have far more time for yourself and for others and yes, it is massively satisfying. Think of the time you spend planning your day so that you can fit drinking time into it. Think of the time you spend worrying whether you have enough booze in the fridge or the drinks cabinet. Think of the time you spend worrying about whether you drink too much and worrying that others might think that of you too. Think of how much time you spend telling yourself you will cut down or quit alcohol because you know it isn’t doing you any good and is ruining the quality of your life. Think of the time you spend lying to yourself that you need that next drink to be able to cope with what life throws at you.
Now think of the time you find it hard to commit to others because drink gets in the way. Think of the amount of times you have said ‘in a minute’ to someone because you are too busy finishing your drink. Think of the amount of time spent feeling like shit because you have had too much to drink. Think of the amount of lost time in your life because you can’t remember what the hell it was you said or did when you were drunk.
Now think of the less time you will have to enjoy life because drink will kill you far earlier than if you never touched the bloody stuff again. Think of the happy times you can have with those you love and who love you because you will have time for them and not for some damned chemical that controls you.
There is never a better time to quit alcohol than now. In the grand scheme of things, we humans aren’t given much time to live, why waste any of that time when I can hand on heart tell you that life after alcohol is truly fantastic. Give yourself the gift of time – quit alcohol now.