This weekend I discovered a new tool that helped me bat away numerous, awkward ‘Why aren’t you drinking?’ questions.
We had a large family reunion with loads of drinking involved. My secret weapon? A rental car! I had to take a short flight then rental to get there. So, when the endless stream of questions came my way about drinking, rather than launch into stories about why I’ve given up, we simply make jokes about it. ‘Wouldn’t be good to get pulled over drunk in a rental’ or ‘ The insurance on the rental is horrific, it wouldn’t be good to drink then drive’ etc.
Many people at the event didn’t know I haven’t drunk for nine months. And given I was a boozer, I understand why there were so many questions. But rather than getting myself worked up about the interrogations like I used to, I was able to confidently brush them off.
The rental proved a great scape goat!!!!
Disaster averted and my dignity and alcoholfree journey remains in tact. xoxo
PS below are some pics from my early morning beach walk the morning after. No hangover! Just peace, solitude and the beach.