Month after month my “Why I Stopped Drinking” blog post gets the most views and I get tuns of questions from all of you! So I am doing an updated blog and answering all of your questions on being a sober sally!
Do you ever have a drink?
Nope, been a sober sally since March of 2017. In my first blog post I go a little more into my journey from party girl to classy clean chic.
How do you respond to someone offering a drink who doesn’t know?
I simply say no thank you and that normally does the trick!
What do you say when they ask why?
Depending on the person I normally start with it is better for me and everyone else if I don’t drink. I sometimes even throw in we don’t need a more intense Emerson. lol
Has anyone ever given you a hard time about your decision not to drink?
Honestly everyone has been super supportive! I have had people start talking about how they get so drunk and it is ok. That is fine for some people but it just didn’t work for me. I struggle the most with people who think they have a problem of their own and aren’t really ready to accept it.
What is your go to “drink”? Any Mocktails?
I got with a cranberry soda + a lime. Everyone always wants my drink until they realize it doesn’t have alcohol. I don’t do any mocktails because I would rather use my calories for the day on a dessert!
How do you deal with your friends drinking?
Most of my friends are funny when they drink but sometime people can get annoying. I try to leave the situation or go home when it gets to that point. It’s fun being the sober one in the room because you can be quicker on your feet with a joke! You also remember all of the gossip from the loose lipped friends (most dramatic 4 years in a row on my high school cheer team over here!). I can also make all of the decisions for the night because everyone else goes round and round or whatever the decisive person (me) in the room says.
How do you get through feeling left out?
This one is hard for me. I suffer from sever FOMO lol. I think would I rather go, not be left out but not really enjoy myself or do something I enjoy not centered around drinking. After a few late nights out I have realized dinners, happy hours and day drinking are fun for me but anything past 10 pm isn’t worth it.
What are fun activities that don’t involve drinking?
shopping, brunch, grabbing froyo, group fitness classes, playing board games, taking Koda on a walk, concerts (yes you can be sober!). Lots of activities people drink at I can be sober at… as long as it’s before 10 pm.
Did you notice any changes when you stopped drinking?
I wish I could say I lost a bunch of weight but I can defiantly indulge a bit more now and keep the same figure. The main difference I noticed was with my brain no longer killing brain cells with drinking. I think that is the reason I am able to have a full time job, blog, workout and still have a boyfriend and social life. I am present, able to think of things in the back of my head and everything is more clear. Not to mention NO MORE HANG OVERS & lost days from drinking.
Do you think you’ll ever drink socially again?
I think I might have a sip of champagne on my wedding day but honestly it gives me anxiety thinking about drinking again. I have so many negative memories from drinking too much. One drink just doesn’t seem worth it.
Do you miss drinking?!
I sometimes miss being in college and not having to worry about anything and going out all the time… but there is a time and place for that. That chapter of my life has closed and I am onto the next one…. my career. More of my party days on my first blog post.
I love hearing from you all and would love if (only if you feel comfortable) would share some of your experiences in the comments! Hoping this can help just one of you <3