My week away

It feels like a distant memory now and I’ve only been back 2 days!

I had a fab time at home over Easter. I didn’t make many plans as it was crazy when I was there for a week not long ago and I was shattered with all the running around. This time was much more relaxing and I got to chill with some of my best friends I’ve known for years. We went out all day on the Saturday and I haven’t laughed like that in ages. They were all drinking and I was the designated driver but only from when I realised I could be! Haha. It’s funny how things change when you stop drinking. Because I’m so used to not having the car when I’m out and about in bars I forget that I am actually allowed to drive now. My friend had been driving us and when she dropped her car off I was like “oh yeah, I could drive us all in my mum’s car” … doh! So off we went around Rossendale having a blooming great time. I couldn’t wish for better friends. Every one of them has been unbelievably supportive over the last few months and I know they have my best interests at heart. That’s why I choose to surround myself with them. Because they’re lovely. You know who you are and I love you ❤

Another thing I noticed whilst I was drinking my Becks Blue all day was a couple of people give me the ‘I feel sorry for you look’. If I’m honest, it pissed me off. Not because I don’t want them to feel sorry for me – I don’t by the way. It’s because people just don’t get it. I’m really really happy with the fact I’m not drinking anymore. The health benefits have been more than I could have ever imagined. I’m also very happy to drink alcohol free beer all day. I wouldn’t have done it for 11 hours if I didn’t want to. If I don’t want to do something I won’t and if I wasn’t enjoying myself I’d have gone home. There’s a massive misconception out there that alcohol free drinks taste crap. They’ve come a long way since the dreaded non alcohol drinks of 10 years ago. They don’t taste any different than the alcohol version to me. Don’t forget, my sobriety is a choice that I’ve made and if I want to drink ‘the real thing’ I will do but because these don’t taste any different I don’t need to. This brings me back to why do people drink alcohol? I’ve been thinking about it a lot recently and if the alcohol free version tastes the same as the alcohol version then people either don’t realise this or they’re drinking to purely get drunk. I suppose that’s fine as long as they don’t suffer any serious health effects. Don’t get me wrong, I still have that feeling of wanting to get drunk but that’s because I want to make certain feelings and emotions disappear. Those are my reasons for drinking alcohol, which are the wrong reasons. Some people also seem to think that there aren’t many choices of alcohol free drinks out there. How wrong they are!

Here’s what Tesco have to offer …

tesco

As you can see there’s various white wine, red wine, wheat beers, lager, spirits, gin & tonic, prosecco, cider, fruit cider. There’s loads of choice these days and I’ve only had one crap experience and that was some prosecco I bought at Christmas but I’ve been told there’s a lot better versions out there.

Also, if you’re having a BBQ or party at home The Alcohol Free Shop is worth a look. I’m hoping to call in at some point when I’m back home again as they’re in Manchester. I’m looking forward to ordering a mixed beer case!

So, even though I had the awful news on Thursday about my lovely drinking buddy Graham losing his battle, I had a great time, surrounded by people who I love. That’s what it’s all about!

I still can’t believe he’s gone and now and again it hits me like a brick. Here we are the last time we went out …

March 30, 2018 at 11_49PM

I’ll never forget our weekend’s out in Manchester and those stories are definitely to be kept secret! 😉

Thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of your week.

Claire xxx

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