6 Months Alcohol Free | Benefits of Being Totally Alcohol Free! SDA26

6 Months Alcohol Free | Benefits of Being Totally Alcohol Free! SDA26

What an amazing 6 months! I think that’s the first six months I really remember!

How do I feel physically?

The plain answer: Much better. More alive!

One word: Wow!

I have no more of the pains that I once thought were going to be a permanent part of my life. I had tried to kid myself into thinking that it was just getting old, or that it was part of eating too much junk food. That it really wasn’t the alcohol. No, really… it wasn’t>>>

It’s amazing to me now just how much I lied to myself. One of the things I always prided myself on at least being honest with myself. Lying Git!

So what pains have gone?

In my liver, head, belly, knees, eyeballs, and head! (I had two heads most mornings!)

Stop Drinking Alcohol Week 26 – Six Months Drink-Free

6 Months Weight Loss

I’ve heard arguments that alcohol doesn’t put on weight. (Drinks industry propaganda perhaps?)

The argument doesn’t ring true for me. One of the things I’ve discovered about alcohol is that your body will deal with it first, before anything else. It must. No matter what way you look at it, alcohol is a toxin. In small doses, in large doses, it’s all the same… a poison. So what happens to all the regular food you’re putting into your body? Is it turned to fat? Even if alcohol, or ethanol, doesn’t put weight on, it causes you to get fat indirectly.

In six months drink free, I’ve lost over 40 pounds. And I’ve really noticed the difference. My sister pointed out that 40 pounds is the weight of her 5 year old. I lifted her to see what I was missing. Not too heavy for me to lift of course, but I wouldn’t want to carry her around permanently… And much cuter!

Problems At The Back

I’ve gotten into yoga since quitting, mostly for something to do. I think I’ve found a form of exercise that suits me, one I can continue to do for life. The classes were a bit iffy for me because my Spanish wasn’t quite up to it. I bought a couple of DVD’s and practice every day. There’s something you wouldn’t have heard from my mouth before…. I never did anything every day.
One of the main benefits for me is my flexibility has improved a lot. I think (touch wood) I’m finally getting a handle of dealing with the dickey back that’s plagued me for years. Or, maybe not having back pain is another benefit of not drinking! Hmmm! I thought my ‘bad back’ was something I would just have to accept as being a part of my genetic heritage.

NO MORE HANGOVERS!!!!!

The other obvious positive physical effect of quitting drinking is no more hangovers. The older I got, the worse the hangovers seemed to be. They were lasting for two and sometimes even three days. In fact, it got to the stage where every morning was hangover morning. I never got rid of them. What a way to live a life!

Of course, I wake up some mornings feeling tired, but that’s about it. NO MORE HANGOVERS! BEAUTY!!!!

I have a lot more energy in general. There are days when I feel tired, that’s a natural part of life. No matter what happens, however well you treat your body, everyone gets days like that.

Internal Changes

Some of the biggest changes have happened inside my head. I feel much better about life and I have a lot more self-respect and confidence. The most obvious way I see this is in how others are treating me now I don’t drink. My sister has left me to look after her kids on a few occasions, even the youngest. She would never have done that when I was boozing. Not because I would irresponsibly get drunk, but my brain was always only half aware because of the pickling booze.

The Power Of “I Will”

Another change is my level of willpower. Willpower is said to be like a muscle, if you don’t use it, you lose it. You only have so much willpower available to you on any given day. But you can definitely increase the amounts through training. Much like you would train a muscle to give you more power by lifting weights, you can also train your willpower ‘muscles’ by giving them regular workouts.

My overall outlook has really improved as well. I can see a bright future without the illnesses that were inevitably coming if I’d carried on pursuing the drinking life.

Step Right Up…Guaranteed Health…Today Only

You can never guarantee good health, that’s for sure, but you can live your life in a way that promotes health. The body that we’re born into doesn’t come with any guarantees. For the most part, you’re not gonna know that something might go wrong until it does. You don’t know what genetic factors will come into play to cause you to get ill, nor do you know which ones are keeping you healthy. What genes did you get from your parents and grandparents? There are genes that skip a generation or two, so you might have some of the dodgy genes from your great or great great grandparents. You can’t do anything about that, not just now anyway. Skip a couple of millennia and we might be on own way to making everyone perfect, just not today.

Own Your Choices

The shit that we put into our bodies that makes us sick is our responsibility. That’s where we do have a choice. Suffering from alcohol related disease is self-inflicted. Just as much as suffering from coronary problems because you can’t stay away from junk food is self-inflicted. Or sticking a gun in your mouth and blowing the top of your head off is self-inflicted. Death by alcohol just takes a lot longer, that’s all. Not for me anymore!

Priceless!

One of the most important changes for me is I feel like I’m a better role model for my son. That was something that was really hurting me badly. Anyone with kids will understand this. When you do something that’s so obviously stupid, that makes you act like a complete moron, and you do it in front of your kids, it’s sad to say the least. If nothing else, I have got a bit of respect back from my son. He told me he was really glad that I’d given up, that he was really worried about what I was doing to my organs.

I love what’s happening on the website.

I have over 70 videos on the site and YouTube now. I’m so happy that I can offer people some hope that it is possible to quit.

I still enjoy a good time, more now than when I was drinking. I can keep up with what’s going on, I still have my sense of humour, and I remember everything the next day.

The Good, The Bad, and the Better

Life is good without alcohol. Everything has changed for the better. I can’t think of anything that’s suffered because I stopped. It’s all very worthwhile. If I can do it, anyone can.

Life gets better, not because you’ve stopped drinking and something magical has happened. Just because you stop it’s not going to turn your life around. You have to work at replacing drinking with something else. That’s where all the magic happens. You start to see the things that you’re truly capable of doing when you’re not wasting your precious hours getting locked out of your head. (That’s an Irish saying. It’s usually said with a certain amount of pride about the amount of drinking that was done the night before…. “I was locked out of my head!”, but it’s what truly happens. You get locked out of your mind. You remember nothing, you appreciate nothing.)

If you can stay away from drinking for a day, you can do it for two, for three, for a week, a month, six months, a year, forever! You don’t need alcohol, it doesn’t need you. You can easily part ways without the world ending.

Quitting alcohol is only the first step on the journey to a new you. But, it’s an essential first step. Without quitting you’re doomed to repeating the bad shit over and over until it kills you.

I’m really looking forward to doing the video for Stop Drinking Alcohol Week 52 – One Year Without Alcohol!

So, that’s Stop Drinking Alcohol Week 26.
Thanks for visiting the site.
Until next time…
Onwards and Upwards!
Kev

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23 Comments

  • Tammy

    Reply Reply July 10, 2013

    Kevin-

    Huge congratulations to you for hitting the 6 month mark!!!! It is so inspiring. Thank you for your response to my last post. I’ve been doing some internal work and seeing what’s going on inside my head! One thing that hit me especially hard was you saying about your dad… how he feels he has a second chance. How he escaped what could have been much worse. I think when people drink they think oh it won’t be so bad in the long run, I can handle it. If I see any real bad effects coming on I will quit then.

    It’s really just a great justification to not quit. I’m examining my justifications and asking myself… How bad does it have to get? the worse it gets, the more normal I feel with feeling bad. Wow!! I mentioned to you before, one of my biggest fears is the people in my life that would likely go away (either by me stopping the negative contact, or by them leaving because we don’t have anything in common) would be almost, if not all of the people I currently associate with. That leaves me with… well… ME. What the hell do I do with myself?

    I’m going to try an experiment and do something I would normally not do in a place I would normally not go and I’m going to do it alone, and without alcohol. I think it will help me gain some confidence that the world is not going to end! I plan to do this before the end of the week. Haven’t decided what yet, but I am going to make it something that is challenging for me. I will see how that goes…

    Again… so happy for you and your 6-month achievement. That could be me if I set my mind to it.

    Tammy

    • Kevin O'Hara

      Reply Reply July 12, 2013

      Hey Tammy, Thanks for that!
      There’s 10000001 reasons not to quit, and then some. I certainly found a lot of them in my time. I’m glad to hear you’re stepping outside your comfort zone. It only takes small steps. Your comfort zone will expand, then take another step, and another. Before you know it you’ve left all the bullshit behind.
      You go for it Tammy, and keep me posted!
      Onwards and upwards!
      Kev

  • Didi

    Reply Reply September 19, 2013

    Hi Kevin,

    Thank you for your videos and website. Great sharing. Very inspiring.
    I have been struggling for years and years now and I seem unable to stop. I can do a day or two, and then I am back on the booze. Bitterly regretting the next day.
    How many years have you been drinking? And how much did you drink?

    Cheers Didi

    • Kevin O'Hara

      Reply Reply September 23, 2013

      Hi Didi, thanks for stopping by. I answered your question in this weeks Stop Drinking Alcohol… Week 35.
      Kev

      • Didi

        Reply Reply September 25, 2013

        Hi Kevin,

        Unfortunately I cannot find your answer on week 35. Were is it?

        Cheers Didi

        • Kevin O'Hara

          Reply Reply September 25, 2013

          Hi Didi, it’s on the video, in the Q&A section. Cheers Kev

  • Don Rumpel

    Reply Reply November 15, 2013

    Almost 6months here ..lost about 40 pounds also .

    Drank for about 10 years (20-30) , hard liquor and beer every 2nd night nearly.

    Looking forward to one year then going 5 years , will have 20% knocked down by next May!

    • Kevin O'Hara

      Reply Reply November 17, 2013

      Great going Don! I’m really looking forward to my first Christmas without boozing. It will be my first Christmas where it’s all about the family, not how much poison I could pour in.

  • Don Rumpel

    Reply Reply November 15, 2013

    Ive become a tea junkie (mass collection of teas) and I crave exercise with all this energy . House is spotless and dog get a walk everyday!

    • Kevin O'Hara

      Reply Reply November 17, 2013

      Hey Don, I love my tea. No after effects is the best thing!

  • lifeizgood13

    Reply Reply May 21, 2014

    Hey Kevin.
    This Video was such a great inspiration. Today I made my official 6 months alcohol free. I cant even believe it. It was a little difficult at first, but all the reasons as to why I was chosing to not drink kept me focused. So many reasons why I did use to drink. Alcoholism runs in my family. I didn’t want to continue on that road. It’s put a dent on my family. I use to drink to escape pain..past things, heart break, losing my mother, and simply because I wanted an escape. I hurt people in the process, hurt myself. Missed out on a lot of great memories turned into bad nights I can never get back. Memory lose, doing and aaying things I dont even recall. Becoming verbal and physical. It was rock bottom for me. My relationship with my daughter was lost. In the mix of it all, my family never gave up on me. And if it weren’t for them, I probably would have given up on myself. These past 6 months have been amazing. No hangovers (the worst), I have great memories I can remember, my relationship with my daughter is better then ever. I feel like she loves me again! My family is still on my side…and I have an amazing girlfriend who has supported me through it all and a huge reason why I needed to change as well. And I feel like im making my mother in heaven proud of me now.
    I have also lost almost 10lbs. It’s crazy that you dont realize the weight it puts on you in the first place. I’m so alive now..and looking foreward to my 52 weeks and so on. THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME SHARE THIS..AND FOR YOUR POSITIVITY AND INSPIRATION! -One day at a time- Blessed!

    • Kevin O'Hara

      Reply Reply May 27, 2014

      Sounds a lot like my life! Thank you for sharing your story, it’s so inspiring for everyone else taking their first tentative steps onto their new journeys. Good for you on your six months. Life only gets better and better the more you stay away from the poison.
      All the best
      Kev

  • Rickard

    Reply Reply June 10, 2014

    just made 1 week without alcohol and hope to stay sober.

    • Peggy

      Reply Reply May 14, 2016

      That's a great post and a great question to ask. I think getting your skincare right is so difficult exactly because it's so individual and you have to test everything on yourself to see if it actually works or not. Also, your skin may change over time and something that used to work no longer does! I know salt is a big no no in a diet if you want beautiful skin as it retains toxins in the body, but I'd rather say it must be good used exarlntely, my skin always looks better when I go to the seaside! Thanks for sharing this 🙂 xxx

  • Paul

    Reply Reply November 25, 2014

    Congrats on quitting for over 6 months. I too have quit since April 26th 2014 so coming up to seven months tomorrow. I agree with your comments – life is much better without alcohol. I had drank for years and managed it I thought, but over the last few years alcohol was managing me. When it got so bad that I could not function without a drink first thing in the morning to feel normal – I knew it was time to quit.

    One of the ways to quit is to realize Alcoholic’s can’t tolerate booze, anymore than someone with a strawberry allergy tolerating strawberries. And if you know you are allergic to Strawberries – then why would you eat them?
    Same with alcohol. I have friends who can have a couple of shots of vodka and a beer and then say – oh that was nice now off to read the newspaper since I have had enough drinking. I cannot believe they can do this. As an alcoholic I would not stop drinking once I had started – the only way I stopped was when I passed out or ran out. (not fun to run out especially when the shakes and nausea of withdrawal start taking effect)

    So the cure for me is zero Alcohol EVER ! I am one of those who can not tolerate it just like the person who can’t tolerate strawberries.

    And do you really want to drink? All the physical damage, the ridiculous things you do and say, the lies deceit and untrustworthy behaviour, not being able to wake up on time for work and meetings and general functioning unless there is a shot of cognac in your morning coffee. AND you don’t need alcohol and you need to get used to the normal people drinking it around you.

    To quit you need to understand the above, and learn to hate alcohol and all the damage it has done to your life and you will find it gets easier as time goes on. Of course I still get the odd urge to drink at the weirdest moments and triggers but I just say to myself do I want to go back to the hell of alcohol addiction? NO WAY. Find a twelve step AA group – great people who know what you are going through and quit.

    Good luck – it will be worth it! The alternative is certain death.

    Paul

    • Kevin O'Hara

      Reply Reply November 26, 2014

      Cheers Paul… Almost two years now! Time flies when you’re having fun!

  • matt

    Reply Reply July 19, 2016

    That’s awesome to listen to. I really believe we (those of us that drink too much) are all the same in some fashion or another. Last year I quit drinking for four months and it really was the best 4 months. Did I struggle? Yup. The crap in front my kids . . . same. The wasted days. The health concerns. The aches and pains. All that is what we all go through. I am once again trying to get it under control and making excuses, kidding myself, trying to recall all the stupid shit I did with no judgement, etc.
    Anyway, I am going to watch some more of your videos and to see where we meet up again. I believe so much in trying to find a healthy lifestyle. Countless hours in the gym sabotaged by drinking. Reckless behavior, near death experiences (literally) and brutal hangovers. It really is bullshit. Some days I think long and hard about losing it all due to trying to be the life of the party and going way overboard with my drinking. Not to mention the horrible example to my children. WTF, most of the time I cannot believe this even happened to me. Chat soon and keep up the good work.

    • Kevin O'Hara

      Reply Reply July 20, 2016

      You’re right Matt. It’s not just about quitting the booze, that’s one part of it sure. It’s about finding a healthy lifestyle through all areas of your life, physical and psychological…

  • Kevin

    Reply Reply July 24, 2016

    Goodman Kev,

    Just starting alcohol free second day, great motivation here.

    Thanks,

    Kevin

  • Susie

    Reply Reply October 10, 2016

    Hi Kevin, I have been searching the net to try and find some encouragement for myself and found your story. Great story by the way. I too have recently come to my “Need to get this monkey off my back” moment. I have drank for more than 16 years. The longest I quit was a month. I drank about 2-6 beers a day on average. Might not drink one or two days a week. I am a 43 year old 5 foot tall 120 lb female. I put on about 20 pounds in the last 8 years and have a lot of health issues. Body aches, tired all the time, dry skin, Ulcers, IBS,Bloating, not sleeping well, anemia, depression, and most of all disappointment in myself and feeling unattractive. I quit October 2nd and also got off facebook. I found that the two went hand in hand with my depression. Trying to do things less stressful like reading. I also don’t really like the concept of AA because it makes me feel your in a constant state of guiltiness. Always admitting your problem and I want healing and to not look back. What are your feelings on this subject? Thanks, Susie

  • Alwin Roland Arnold

    Reply Reply November 15, 2016

    Second time deliberately 8 weeks alcohol free. I expect to be completely recovered at the 6 months mark.
    Feel 80% at the moment. A slight brain fog.

    But I used to function like 55% (before I quit) which is okay but nothing compared to peak performance. I also got myself into arguments which is, as I realise, getting less and less frequent as the days pass. The trend I expect to see is like 55% – 80% – 92.5% – 98.75% for every 8 weeks of progress 🙂 So basically at the 6 months mark (approx 26 weeks in) I see myself recovered 🙂 (That is: 100% clarity.)

    It’s all just speculations and playing around however!

  • Darian

    Reply Reply February 1, 2017

    I was amazed to learn the extent to which I’ve been avoiding facing difficulties in my life – difficulties which become easier to understand and solve once I began to rid myself of the permanently foggy head that alcohol induces. And then that 24-hour cycle of drinking and then vigorously exercising the next day to undo the effects of drinking, and then the exhaustion from over-exercising! Then the daily cycle all over again! It had taken over my life!

    No, making the change has not not easy. But the results are nothing short of miraculous.

    • Kevin O'Hara

      Reply Reply February 2, 2017

      It’s always a question of one step forward, assess where you are, make changes, take another step. As you say, self-directed change is nothing short of miraculous.

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