5 Top Tips to Enjoying Your Night Out without Booze

5 Top Tips to Enjoying Your Night Out without Booze

A man who drinks too much on occasion is still the same man as he was sober. An alcoholic, a real alcoholic, is not the same man at all. You can’t predict anything about him for sure except that he will be someone you never met before.”

– Raymond Chandler, U.S. novelist and author of “The Long Goodbye

 

I no longer drink alcohol. I’m no longer a “drinker.” To be 100% truthful, however, in my heart, yes, I still am. And the thing is, I probably always will be.

The thing is, alcohol and I don’t mix very well. As the quote above explains, I was one completely different man when I was drunk (which, back then, was pretty often). When I had a drink in my hand, propped up against the bar in our local watering hole, and putting the world to rights, the decent part of me retreated into the shadows, and a loud, arrogant idiot took his place. Yes, ‘loud, arrogant idiot’ perfectly sums up what I was back then when I was drunk. Finally, and thankfully, I kicked him into touch. He left the day I resolved to sort out my drinking problem, to find treatment, and to say “Goodbye” to alcohol. Turns out, it was a little bit more than just a “drinking problem”…

I have a sound, professional career, amounting to a well-paid job with a large corporation. I have a wonderful wife and a couple of teenage kids, all of whom I absolutely adore. I had, and still have, thankfully, a pretty good life, all said and done. However, I came exceptionally close to losing it all. Boom! All gone. So very close. All because of my love (and unquenchable lust) for drinking alcohol, getting drunk, and then drinking more. So close to changing my life forever for the worse.

I never thought about it as a “problem,” even though things were heading south. Fortunately, after my wife threatened to move state for the sake of the kids (and her, I have no doubt), and after one written warning too many at work, I was, to coin a phrase, in the “last-chance saloon.” Thankfully, I made the right choice. I took my chance.

I still enjoy a great social life. I just do it without alcohol. And I have a good time. Here’s how – my “5 Top Tips to Enjoying Your Night Out without Booze.” Read on, if you’re of a mind.

1. Not Drinking is Your Decision

Many people (certainly, friends who knew you before) will obviously enquire about your “abstinence.” It’s 100% up to you what level of honesty you decide upon. For example, “No, not tonight” is an honest response. Not the whole picture, but it’s honest. Or