It is hard for me to believe that it has already been 5 years since I had my last drink of alcohol. Sometimes time is slow and sometimes it seems to go by so quickly. I remember when I could not even imagine going a whole month without a drink. If I can go five years without a drink, than anyone can do it. Once the cravings go away, it becomes easier to think less and less about alcohol. I can go for months now not thinking about alcohol. I can even order a non-alcoholic beer at a restaurant and not think about ordering a real one.
I have been able to try more hobbies instead of wasting time drinking alcohol. Now I crochet hats, scarves, shawls, ponchos and just recently started painting landscapes. I have more time to read books and try out new interests and make new goals in my life. I would not be able to do this if I were still drinking. My mental health is so much better and balanced then when I was on alcohol. Of course alcohol is a depressant and causes anxiety. I don’t struggle with those anymore. To anyone who is thinking about quitting alcohol, it will be a hard struggle at first but it is worth all the effort to have the life you can enjoy afterwards. Don’t give up. I failed to quit over and over again. I really thought I was not going to win the battle, but I did not give up. Be resilient, persevere and don’t give up. The battle is hard, but you are your own hero, and you can win it.