Soberholics Anonymous

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I’ve done my fair share of drinking. I’ve drunk too many raspberry vodka and lemonade’s, thrown up all night and dragged my sorry hung over arse to work the next day, slouched over the till, feeling sorry for myself, while eating a bad sausage roll. Yep, they were the good old Uni days.

But these days, even before I became a Mum, me and drinking just weren’t really into each other. You know how they say you forget the pain of childbirth, otherwise you wouldn’t have any more kids? Well I remember all too well, how much that baby hurt coming out my va-jay-jay, but you get a baby at the end of it. A tiny little beautiful baby to love for the rest of your life.

Drinking on the other hand, leads to a hang over. A pain that doesn’t bring such happiness. I liken my attitude to soberness to my friend Jen’s philosphy on her house. You see Jen and her partner recently moved into a new house. We visited a week or so after they moved in. Naturally there were boxes. Lots of boxes. Jen looked at me and said, “You know I could unpack the boxes and get the house looking all clean and tidy. But really, I just couldn’t be bothered.”

And that’s how I feel about drinking. On the very rare occasion that hubby and I have had the opportunity to have a drink since Miss Sophie came along, I just couldn’t have been bothered. I couldn’t be bothered to feel tired and sick the next morning and have to look after a baby on top of that.

Recently at my hubby’s 40th birthday, I think I may have had half a glass of champagne and spent the rest of the night on lemon lime and bitters. Sophie was having her first sleep over at my Mum’s but we still had to collect her sometime the next day. I’m no good on small amounts of sleep, let along hung over as well. A friend was worried that I didn’t have a good time at the party because I wasn’t drinking. I guess I can see why some people would think that, but I had a great time catching up with all our friends who we just don’t get to see as much as we used to, now that a lot of us have kids. And the next day while I was seriously tired (2am is waaaaay past my bedtime) I was very thankful that I didn’t have that seedy headachy feeling to go with it.

Who knows, maybe in the future I’ll enjoy a glass of wine or two, you know, like grown up’s do. But in the meantime I’ll just keep reminding hubby what an awesome wife he has…. A reliable designated driver!

  • Haley F
    July 11, 2011

    Well said Ami. I too have been a none drinker since I was about 22 (I had some very bad drinking sessions and my health was put at risk). I have had 1 drinking night since having Jaymon (New Years 2011) and I was very happy off 2 drinks…Yes only 2 lol. I will have a half wine half lemonade on a special occasion, but I am happy to be the person that doesn’t have to have 10 alcoholic beverages to feel happy or enjoy myself. I see and hear of so many mothers – young or older, that are out every weekend, then feel so terrible the following day due to an over indulgance on the liquor. I was a mother at 23, but do not miss my old lifestyle or feel I am missing anything in the world by not drinking. I get to enjoy my son wake up at 6am fresh and revitalised, enjoy a full day playing, watching movies or going on little adventures. And they are the things that mean more to me, I do not want to miss 1 day of being a mother to my beautiful son. Thank you so much for making me feel like I am not the only one that feels the same way :) xoxo

  • Shelley
    July 11, 2011

    Oh yay – I’m not the only sober person out there by choice! I suffer very very badly with hangovers – give me three drinks and I will vomit until every last drop is out of my system. Not to mention the fact I tend to get a little tired and emotional to boot. Nothing fabulous for me about drinking, so I just don’t do it. Oh, and every now and then I will try to remind myself that I can treat myself to something since I’m not spending money on alcohol – or cigarettes – or any other vice for that matter seeing that I’ve given up chocolate this year too! xx

  • Jodie Ansted
    July 23, 2011

    Before getting pregnant with the 9yo, I went 6mths alcohol free to prepare my body for pregnancy! (I didn’t quite do that for the other two.) Anyway, by the time I got pregnant, then had my baby, it was a loooooong time between drinks. I found I couldn’t have much anymore. (Oh, and I used to ALWAYS have a sausage roll – as well as a choc milk – after a big night out.) Even now, if I have 3 wines that seems a lot to me. (But there was that time at the 1920s party I consumed many champers…and my body didn’t like that!) I just think my body has changed.

    When you have kids, the hangover and having to still get up early just isn’t worth it. Ugh.


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