At the start of 2017 I decided to give up drinking for a year.


  • Health. Drinking is unhealthy, and leads to a variety of potentially fatal conditions, including, but not limited to: liver disease, heart disease, cancer, brain damage and strokes. More information on the adverse health effects of drinking alcohol here.

  • Personal development. I find that when I drink I’m unable to do other useful activities such as learn a new skill or read a book until the day after. In some cases, the day after can be a write-off as well.

  • Culture. I am becoming more and more upset with how alcohol has become central to western social culture. This is prominent in the UK.


Q: Are you okay?

Yeah, I’m probably feeling great. Thanks for asking. I just don’t want to drink alcohol.

Q: Are you hungover from the night before?

Nope. I just don’t want to drink alcohol.

Q: Are you feeling ill?

Probably not. I just don’t want to drink alcohol.

Q: Why are you being anti-social? / Why do you hate fun?

I’m not / I don’t. I just don’t want to drink alcohol.

Q: What are you going to do instead?

The likelihood is that I’ll continue doing the Things I was doing before, except without drinking alcohol. As a result, I hope to feel more energetic / healthy and able to read / learn more Things.

Q: What do you now use to block out the ever creeping void that lurks hidden at the end of as yet untraversed mental pathways waiting to ambush any unsuspecting thought that strays near?

I… What?