new year, new me, lol.

I’m sorry I just had to start with that, this isn’t even a new year thing as I haven’t had any alcohol since October I believe. I just haven’t chosen to speak about it until now.

I didn’t sit down one day and decide I was going to give up drinking from that day onwards, that’s not how it happened.

I would barely ever have a drink expect from special occasions such as weddings, birthdays and new years. It wasn’t something I was overly fussed about, I’ve never been the ‘going out out’ kinda gal, in fact, I’ve never been to a club. Except for one time in Portugal about 3 years ago so that doesn’t count.

The loud music, surrounded by loads of drunk people doesn’t appeal to me. I’m aware that I’m making myself sound like an old lady but I think it’s important to state that we don’t all fit into the stereotype of going out all the time when you’re 18.

I find nowadays when I have a drink, I’m emotionally drained for the next week. Like seriously, I would have a hangover the next day but for the next 3 days, I will want to cry over EVERYTHING. I will become such an emotional person, who also thinks a lot more negative. My productivity will massively plummet and I’ll find myself drinking endless cuppa teas whilst scrolling and watching way too many pointless videos. It’s a mindset which isn’t healthy, it’s definitely not one I enjoy being it. Therefore, if there is a way that I can avoid myself being in that situation then I will, aka not drinking.

This isn’t like a strict I’m going ‘teetotal’ vibe, it’s an I’ll have a drink if I would like to, however, most times I’ll turn it down. If I’m at an event with friends I may find myself having a single glass to get that little ‘buzz’ without it overly affecting me.

I heard a really good quote that summarises this, which is: ‘don’t steal too much of tomorrow’s fun for tonight’. This is now my mindset about alcohol.

why have so much that your night ends with you in tears because you’ve got emotional about some silly situation that happened a year ago. okay, that may not be you, but that’s the kinda drunk I am, emotional or super over happy.

from making this decision I’ve found myself drifting apart from certain friends; y’know the ones you would normally meet up with for a drink. when you turn down the offer of that, you don’t end up meeting up, that’s perfectly fine, it’s the way life swings. It just shows that you have certain friends for different things and as you grow you may not stay the same person so, therefore, your friendships may also change.

What’s your relationship with alcohol like?

Bryony x




  1. February 2, 2019 / 5:18 pm

    This is me with alcohol too, I will have a couple on drinks on certain occasions if I fancy it but I can’t stand being hungover or drinking just to get drunk! I think this is such a healthy mindset to have x

  2. February 2, 2019 / 11:11 pm

    Personally I probably indulge a little too much. I enjoy my night out, playing darts, and drinking beer with friends. I thoroughly enjoy my wine at home relaxing. But I do tend to take small breaks if I notice that I’ve been having a little much. Some weeks it’s only a day or two and then others it seems as though I’ve only had one day without. Moderation is key and we all must do what makes us comfortable. I thank you for sharing your experience. Good for you for knowing what you like and what you don’t. It may mean you see some friends less but then the time together may mean a little bit more.

  3. February 4, 2019 / 2:40 pm

    I’m gonna admit that I do like a drink or 2, especially a glass of white wine and some cocktails. However, I do know when to stop and limit myself from drinking if I feel like its getting too much. Great post girl!

    Bukola Veronica,

  4. February 5, 2019 / 1:18 am

    It was a good read and I’m glad to know you’ve drifted apart from alcohol and only drink it when you want it, occasionally. I don’t drink alcohol and I also don’t go out to parties at clubs, so I agree with you that it isn’t something that everyone enjoys doing even when they turn 18. Thank you for sharing!

    Tyas | https://wepsgallery.wordpress.com

  5. February 5, 2019 / 8:11 pm

    Can completely relate with this! I haven’t given up alcohol but I drink very rarely as I just no longer see the point in wasting a day for the sake of one night out! Absolutely love that quote: ‘don’t steal too much of tomorrow’s fun for tonight.’

  6. February 5, 2019 / 8:52 pm

    My friends find it difficult to comprehend, but I have drunk little alcohol for the past 10 years now. I was finding the hangovers were horrific, for days on end! I drink when I want to (maybe a couple of times a year) and only in small amounts. I find I have a better night out without worrying about the hangover! Good for you xxx


  7. February 5, 2019 / 9:01 pm

    I totally understand your point with this! When I first turned 18 I went clubbing every weekend for a couple of months and got it out of my system but I never used to get drunk, I was more like the Mom of the group who stayed sober to make sure everyone got back okay so it was never that fun. When I decided to stop going out I definitely lost friends because that’s all they wanted to do but that was fine by me, it happens doesn’t it. I’m the same as you now, I only drink on special occasions and it doesn’t bother me at all!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com

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