30 Days Without Alcohol | I Tried Going Sober
I actually think this is gonna be really easy. Hi everyone! My name’s Alayna and I’m going to try and not drink for 30 days. The rules of the month are simple – rule, singular, one single rule: don’t drink any alcohol. Of any sort. Not even a drop. I’ve decided to give this challenge
a try for multiple reasons. Number 1: to get more time back in my life. I wanna make better, more
productive use of my weekends. I don’t wanna spend them in bed, sick mentally and physically. I’m over that life. I think the easiest part of this challenge
is going to be the week, during the week. And I think the hardest part is
gonna be hanging out with friends. Because alcohol is such a social part of my life. All my friends drink, my family drinks. Everyone that I know drinks. And so, I think going to social events
that involve drinking and withholding is gonna be the most difficult part. At the end of the month when we check back in, we’re gonna look at: my productivity – if I got more done that I usually do, my sleep, my weight – I’m gonna see if I lose weight,
gain weight, what happens there – and my anxiety – how’s my brain this month? I think that’s about it. And if it sucks, at least I tried. It is Friday night. The first Friday night of our 30 days sober challenge. Yes, our Christmas tree is still up: don’t judge us. I thought that I was gonna have
more troubles during the week, but I actually found this first week super easy. I didn’t really find myself wanting alcohol at all this week. Probably because the holidays just ended, so I’m all boozed out. But I have to be honest: now that it’s Friday and the work is done, I’m definitely wanting a glass of wine. Here’s the thing. Friday night with no drinking is one thing and then now it’s Saturday and it’s still no drinking. Last night it was kinda like “Okay, yeah, great. We’ll have a chill night. It’s cool. We’ll get so much done tomorrow”. And then now it’s Saturday and we’re still not drinking. It’s safe to say that novelty is wearing off. The first couple of weeks were the hardest.
What was the hardest part? Not drinking. What are you gonna do? Have a glass of wine! Beer! Beer! It wasn’t like I wanted to get drunk. I missed the act of just having
a glass of wine in the evening. Having a beer with my meal. Dallas and I are out tonight for dinner. It’s date night. We’re drinking tea. And then we hung out with
our friends a couple of times. And that was tough. We went to a couple of, like, Superbowl parties and guess who was drinking water? Hello everybody! It is January 15th. Smack-dab in the middle of
our 30 days sober challenge. And today marks the first time that
we are going to be going out with friends. Sober. How do you feel about it? It’ll be interesting because they’re gonna ______ Does everyone know that we’re not drinking? No. – They don’t know?
– No. Oh boy. Weird. There is this social aspect to drinking which was kind of hard to face, but at the same time I think it was important to face. When you go somewhere and everyone else is drinking, it kind of singles you out. You single yourself out and kind of isolate yourself
by saying “Oh no, I’m not drinking”. It’s the situation like this where I would love to just have one or two drinks. So then I would still feel part of the group but I wouldn’t have the anxiety or the bad effects. Going to the experience of wanting to drink but then at the same time, not drinking and looking at the associations
that I hold between alcohol and fun and not only seeing that I can have fun, despite the faces I was making – another Packers’ game, another water – seeing that I can have fun absolutely without alcohol but then also the next day, waking up without a hangover is the best thing ever! There are times during the challenge like this, where I’m like “If I was hung over right now, I would not be here”. If we were hung over, if we had drunk last night, I would not be watching the sunset on a dock. Dallas and I just went out for lunch, we went for a walk. And it’s been a really nice day and I say that it would not have happened, had I drink last night. I know that I’ve been complaining a lot, but I have to nod my head at this challenge ’cause there are definitely some benefits here, that I’m seeing loud and clear. I have gotten so much done this month. It’s actually insane. This challenge is coming to an end. There’s only a few more days left and I’m not gonna lie: I think I’m gonna miss it a bit. Going into the challenge and for the first half to three quarters of it, I was so mad. I was just waiting for it to be over. Did not want to still be doing it. Two more weeks. Two more weeks. But now, coming up to the end, I’m kind of dreading that it’s gonna be over. This is gonna sound kind of dumb, but living every day to its fullest has been really nice! There have been no wasted days. I feel like for the most part I’ve been able to go to bed at night, every single night feeling like I accomplished something that day. And that’s definitely not something that I can say when I’m drinking. So, things to think about. These are things to think about. We’re back! It’s over! 30 days of no drinking. 30 days sober. 30 days without alcohol: check. Did it. We are back here and the challenge is over. Let’s reflect. What would I say the easiest part of this challenge was? The mornings. The daytimes. I genuinely think that I had the most productive month that I’ve ever had. It was like every single day I did stuff. And I just can’t say that when I’m drinking. So, that was really eye opening. Yes, I’m excited that this challenge is done. Yes, I’m excited to have a beer, have some wine. But I’m also kind of sad because this challenge gave me an excuse to not drink. So, I think that’s something
I’ll also just have to look at now, going forward, is why I’m so afraid of people’s judgements. A couple of benefits that I realised: I was super productive, I slept great – so much sleep this month, and I lost 4 pounds. Would I recommend that others try this challenge? Yes. 100%. I think that if you drink – really at all -, I think it’s good, it’s healthy to take a step back and look at your relationship with alcohol,
even if you don’t have a problem or you don’t think you have a problem. Being able to take 30 days off is important. That’s it for this video. Please give it a thumbs up,
if you’re enjoying the “I tried” series and if you want more videos like this. I have some exciting ones planned for the future and I can’t wait to share them with you. Subscribe, if you want more. And I will see you guys next week. Bye! I’m breaking the fast with ________pale ale. And a lot ahead. – Is it good?
– I’ve missed you, my old friend. I don’t want you to walk away from this video thinking I’ve learnt nothing. I’m just gonna have one. I’ve learnt moderation.