The Year Without Beer

The Year Without Beer

I’ve read so many posts these last few days of friends and colleagues reminiscing on the bast year and planning for this new year. So much opportunity and so much hope for something better is always a good thing.

I can’t say that last year was all that bad for me. We moved into a place we love, I started work at a company I love and for the most part we’ve settled in quite nicely in a town we love. In fact I think it is safe to say that although there were a few road bumps 2015 was almost the perfect year for us.


See, there is one problem I have. I can’t stop drinking. Our days off, rather than being full of productivity or new experiences are often spent going from one hangover to another. By October we had even reached the point where we were averaging about $750.00 per month just on alcohol (and that doesn’t count the drinking I do with almost every meal as I simply don’t track it that way). All my plans for new projects, writing more and seeing more of our new home quickly evaporate in 3 or 4 liters (often per sitting) of whatever beer I choose to fill my glass with that day.

It’s gotta stop. I’ve taken a few steps towards it these last two months, we even quit drinking entirely for a couple of weeks in November, but we always go back to it. Heck, as I write this I’m nursing a bottle of Mountain Dew and a headache bad enough to make the sound of typing a bit painful all from the nearly 5 liters of beer I drank yesterday (yes, 5 liters, that isn’t a typo). That ends now.

The year without beer

As this new year starts and life goes on it’s time for me to take the next step I need to do if I want to be healthy again. It’s time for me to finally join the ranks of ex-drinkers.

Sure, I can still go watch games at the local restaurants and enjoy a good root beer with friends but no more going to the bar automatically at the end of a long day simply because it is the easy thing to do. Also no more drinking with meals as so often “I’ll just have one” quickly turns into “I’ll stop after this [7th or 8th] one” right before I order another.

Maybe if I can learn to pace myself and enjoy one beer I’ll eventually be able to drink responsibly but if not, I’m OK with that too. It’s time to spend my time doing things I enjoy and not just drinking because it’s so easy to walk over to the bar.

So if we get a chance to hang out this year please don’t be offended if I ask for somewhere other than a bar. After all, I’ll need your help with this if I’m going to make it work. There are plenty of things that can be done other than drinking but as I write this I can’t think of a single one… and that’s the problem that I’m going to fix.

11 Replies to “The Year Without Beer”

  1. Chris,
    You rock. What you said is not easy to say to your family, let alone so publicly. That was brave.

    Wishing you and Joy much success, one day at a time. Hope to enjoy a coffee with you in 2016.


  2. I want to echo what Carrie said. Very courageous and thankful for the words publicly. I’ll definitely be hitting you up for coffee this year. Excited that things are going well at work and home. May 2016 be awesome!

  3. Chris, thanks for being so open and putting yourself out there. I understand the pain and wish you the best as you work towards a year without beer!

  4. You’re a wise man, and a courageous one. Good luck with this endeavor… It’s important, and I’m glad you’re giving it a shot. I know you can do this! If our paths cross over the next year, and I very much hope that they do, I look forward to a lengthy visit at Starbucks. 😉

  5. You’ve made an important decision, and I hope your family and friends will stand with you and assist.

    Next time we’re in the same geographic area, let’s have a true adult beverage, loke coffee or sparkling water, and we’ll talk about things that matter.

  6. Thank you all! I was asked a couple of times why I posted this publicly on my blog. It wasn’t for notoriety but for two things… 1.) Accountability. Now it will show if I fall off the wagon. 2.) It was for the community I’m proud to be a member of. Before WordPress I simply couldn’t have said this publicly (never mind that I’ve still never crossed the drink-before-work line as that was beaten into me as a pilot). People just wouldn’t have gotten it. Thank you.

  7. Chris,

    This is courageous and brave. Jessee Peterson pointed me at this post after my tweet to you earlier this evening, and I sincerely hope my joke didn’t make things harder on you. If we cross paths in 2016, (and I really hope they do, because I admire your work), we can definitely skip the beer.

    Best of luck, prayers, and I hope you have as much support as you need. I don’t know you well at all, but I’ll give whatever I can, even if that’s just encouragement.