moderate-drinking-habitsLast week I blogged about the positive rewards of having extended periods of time without drinking alcohol.  It was a great reminder for anyone that may have been stuck in a rut of daily drinking and needing to find motivation to go a few days without alcohol (read it again here if you’d like).  However, what if you’ve been experiencing an extended period without drinking due to a set goal you’ve created to go X number of days without alcohol, or maybe you gave it up for Lent, or are trying to do the Moderation Management 30 day challenge to prove you can go that long without drinking.  No doubt you are feeling amazing and confident – but it’s important not to get complacent and forget some of your rules for moderate drinking when you decide to drink again.  You know sooner or later your blissful AF (alcohol-free) period will end – and what will you do? Well let me invite you RIGHT NOW – while you’re in the clear-headed, energetic, joyful state – to PLAN HOW you’re going to drink when you start drinking again.  And one of the things that I really want you to include in your plan is the goals and action items surrounding accomplishing your dreams or living your passions!

A friend sent me a link to this article in the Huffington Post. It was written by a young woman that is completely abstinent and it is called “10 Things I Don’t Miss About Drinking.”  The same points in that article apply to binge drinking vs. moderate drinking.  I could almost re-title it as “The 10 Things I Don’t Miss About Binge Drinking.”  Most of the points are obvious – but one of the points especially resonated with me and what I try to promote with the MODER8 program.  The author said, “[I don’t miss] spending time drinking instead of doing things I was pasionate about.”  This gets back to what I preach about having clear cut goals, dreams and visions with planned out action items and timlines so that you can’t turn to drinking because it will get in your way.  So – as you plan out what your drinking will look like after your planned AF period, I want you to:

  1. See yourself and visualize HOW you want to be living each day – how you want to feel, what you want to accomplish and therefore, how many days per month you see yourself drinking, then
  2. Based on your vision, plan the number of days you will drink per month, and HOW you will drink when you drink, including how many drinks you’ll drink at any event and HOW you will derail the binge. (click here to read more on drinking plans and derailing the binge)
  3. Then WRITE it down – or better yet, TELL someone else – perhaps the MODER8 Support Community, but do whatever it takes to keep yourself accountable.