Stop Drinking Alcohol Week 50
How’re you doing? I’m Kevin O’Hara for Alcohol Mastery. This is Stop Drinking Alcohol Week 50.
I’m doing this a little bit earlier than normal. It’s just before Christmas and my son is coming over tomorrow. Basically I want to spend as much time with him as I possibly can, and that’s saying a lot because I think I’ve spent – physically – every Christmas with my son, but I think mentally I left a lot to be desired.
So this time I just want to be there for the full 10 days that he’s here. Give or take, I have another one of these to do before the New Year so I’ll try and get that one done as well.
At the end of the day, how can you spend time with somebody and give them your full attention when you’re really in the midst of an alcohol addiction? Any addiction is a really selfish thing to do. It’s very inward-facing.
My Son and Drinking
Another aspect of my son coming over is that I’ve been off the alcohol for almost a year and I’ve been doing these videos for a year. He drinks about the same level of alcohol as I used to when I was his age, which is quite a lot.
I haven’t shown him any of the videos yet. I don’t really want to do that. I’ve told him what I’m doing and I’ve told him where they are so I don’t know whether he’s looked or not, whether he’s had a look or whether he looks at any of the videos.
I’m not sure, I don’t know that, but I’ve often thought about whether I should sit him down and tell him “This is not working, you shouldn’t be drinking this much, it’s dangerous,” and all this kind of stuff, every time I’ve just thought no, it’s not the right way to do it. I think it’s better off if he sees the difference in me.
Christmas with My Son
I was talking to my partner yesterday about this, and I haven’t seen him…I haven’t spent any quality time with him since last Christmas. He was over when my dad was in hospital but everything was so up in the air at that stage that it was very difficult for me to spend any time up here in my head with him. I tried to spend as much time as I could, and he did… he noticed a difference and he did say that he was glad that I was off the alcohol in terms of that I wasn’t doing all the damage to my insides. I know that he understands that. He understands all that kind of stuff but he also – which is natural – he looks at me like I’m more mortal than he is. I think at that age, everyone does – thinks that they’re immortal.
I think this time, it’s gonna be the first time that I’ve actually spent time with him where I can talk to him. I’m not gonna bring it up unless he asks me. I’m really looking forward to it anyway.
Diet and Nutrition
There was a question on YouTube this week, from Peter the Piper. He asked what kind of diet I was on, because I was losing weight and he wanted to lose weight as well.
To be honest, for the first six months I just cut down on the food that I was eating. Cut down on as much of the fatty stuff as I could and just ate smaller portions. I tried to get a lot more exercise.
In the last six months since my dad went into hospital, I was reading a lot of stuff around that time about health and nutrition. I’ve always looked into that kind of stuff; not as much as the last six months, but I read a book called “Whole,” by a fella called Campbell. Since I read that I’ve just gone vegetarian. I’ve been eating no meat. Any dairy products I’ve been eating have been in food. I stopped drinking milk and eating cheese.
I eat a lot more than I used to do. The amounts of food that I’m eating are massive. There’s a whole variety of food. That’s a different topic for a different day, but that’s basically it. If you’re a veggie then I think it’s eating and getting away from the fat.
That’s the main thing – getting away from the all the fatty stuff and the sugar, all the processed foods…try to eat as much fruits and vegetables as you can, fill yourself up on that and have the rest of it as a treat. And get out and exercise.
Next Week on Alcohol Mastery…
So anyway, that’s Stop Drinking Alcohol Week 50.
I’ve had a great time this year doing these. There’s another one next week, I’ll be talking about the New Year and a few tips on how to get past the New Year and into the following year. Anyone who wants to give up, even if it’s only for a month, I think it’s a good idea. Just to see what it’s like.
Until next week. Have a very happy Christmas, and I’ll speak to you then.
I’m Kevin O’Hara for Alcohol Mastery.
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