Nords wrote:Today is the first day of the new regime, and it is going to suck royally, but I'm determined.
Everyone's different, but your mind may care more for alcohol than your body. It's not always a physical reaction, and the psychological power of advertising is amazing.
I lost five pounds, started sleeping better, and felt more alert. I have lots more room in the refrigerator and the pantry. When I'm at financial conferences which hand out the "free drink" tickets, other attendees are always happy to accept mine. I have a lot more fun at parties and other social occasions with other people who've been drinking.
I'm rarely asked, and I just say "My drinking days are behind me." Nobody seems surprised that a U.S. Navy veteran has stopped drinking. One close friend wondered whether there was a health problem, and he knows the full answer, but nobody else knows or cares.
As happy as my body has been, for the first couple years my mind would say "Have a beer!" whenever I saw a beer commercial or smelled spicy food. At holidays I seemed to want wine with the meal. That advertising association withered after the first year.
A few months ago I was coming home from the beach, and I ran across a police sobriety checkpoint. It was very well organized and impossible to avoid on the one road away from that beach. There was a long line of vehicles pulled over by the side of the road with patrol officers working their way down the queue.
The officer at the front of the checkpoint asked "Have you been drinking alcohol today?"
I answered "No, my last alcohol drink was 27 February 2011."
He said "Yes, I understand, drive on."
They know why people remember their last drink, and that comprehension must save them some time when they're running a checkpoint.