Without any exaggeration, if I have a lager from the fridge at (say) 7pm, I’ll have 1 or 2 more and from 7pm to whatever time I get up the following day I do nothing productive at all.

I just watch telly and bugger about.

If I don’t drink, my mind is capable of doing things (writing these little stories for example) until about 11pm with ease.

So, conservatively, if I say that by not drinking, I have 2 extra hours of sparky, productive time on my hands every single day – then if I don’t drink for 365 days a year I have 365 x 2 hours = 730 extra productive hours each year.

That’s 30.4 days per year.

Or 1 month.

For free.

To do with as I please.


I have not processed this properly yet.

Because I don’t know what I am going to do.

I don’t know what action I am going to take, if any.

I have great plans, lots to do and I do need a little more time.

But how much do I want it?

I’ll let you know.


  1. I’ll drink to that.

    January has been dry so far and I am feeling considerably better for it. I think my self-enforced abstinence might last longer than January, but I’m being flexible about that. I need to get stuff done and I need to improve my state of health and wellbeing, for my mind and my body – and my family.

    Whatever decision you make, enjoy the subsequent result, don’t regret not making the other choice.

  2. Shaughn I was using alcohol to anaesthetise I think.

    To flat off into my own little world at the end of the day.

    Stopping drinking has reeducated me… 7pm is not the end of the day.

    I am glad you are feeling good!

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