Now that my kids are officially on winter break and we will have a couple of weeks off of our regularly scheduled evening activities I find myself in the beginning of what's normally my heaviest drinking time of the year. In the past, I wouldn't even contemplate not drinking during this time of the year. Sure, I've tried dry January before. That is much easier for me because it seems everyone is much more health conscious in January. But during the holidays...no way, not me.
Except it is me now.
I've spent the last couple of weeks relatively free of thoughts of alcohol. This has been in part due to my obsession with a certain podcast that ended yesterday. Then last night I was having those romantic thoughts of wine for the first time in a while. You know what I'm talking about, right? The sound of the the wine pouring in the glass, the way the glass feels in your hand, the instant "happy" feeling. Also mixed in were thoughts of how unfair it is that I can't "drink like a normal person."
I've gotten much better though at "thinking through the drink." Yes, it might feel good for maybe an hour at the most, but then what happens? Well, I'd finish the bottle (maybe more), sleep like shit, feel terrible physically and mentally the next day, have foggy memories of the night before, not be present for my kids, etc.
This year is different. I'm confident I can make it through the next couple of weeks without drinking, but not so confident that I wont miss it.