Why have I given up alcohol? You want the truth..
PARTY ANIMAL. I used to be that girl. First year, second year of Uni me and my closest friends Emma, Amber, Emily and Xanthie called ourselves “the party animals”.
Alcohol was always a turning point, you had a negative day, you would go out and party your troubles away. Until you woke up the next day and you were left feeling empty inside all over again and had to repeat to live on a high.
I started to enjoy myself less and less every time I went out. This combined with the feeling of intense guilt regarding the negative effects that alcohol has upon health.
So I woke up one day and joined a gym. I fell totally in love with fitness, the way it made and makes me feel to this very day. The way it helped me through obstacles in life and the way it changed my mind set from negative to positive. Even my closest friends saw a change.
No amount of alcohol could ever make me feel as “LIT” as the feeling of conquering an intense work out and doing good to my body.
It’s difficult being at University surrounded by diverse interests and people with opposing viewpoints. I can’t lie, I find myself under peer pressure to go out and drink in order to not miss out on social events. Some friends have said “You’re being too hard on yourself” or “You’re only 20 go out and live your life” and I have fallen into the trap of going out. But then I am back to square one feeling repetitively bad about myself despite the funny memories the night before.
Personally I now realise that going out and living my life does not mean going out drinking. I want to live the fit and healthy life style that I dream of and can and will achieve. I feel like alcohol has prevented me from achieving this. I hope that people understand, respect and will support my decision x