Although I never had a drinking problem, last November I decided to give up alcohol for a year. (I was tired of being normal.) I went several months without a single drink, and never drank more than 3 beers over a “night out” period. I didn’t so much as catch a buzz for over 12 months. Here are my observations.
1. Most people who drink have a drinking problem.
When I drank, my usual pattern was the 3 drink cruise. I could catch a buzz off of three standard Bombay Sapphire and Tonics, so I’d drink two, then switch to water, then have my third. This would give me a nice buzz that was sustainable through the entire night.
No longer with a buzz, my senses remained acute. I would watch otherwise sane, rational people become shit-faced. They would stumble, fall around, and go through various emotional extremes.
Near closing time, people become zombies. My general practice was always to leave the bar before last call. Rarely does anything good happen once a bar closes. Seeing how drunk people behave reminded me to never second-guess my practice to leave before the drunken inmates are released from the insane asylum.
1a. Drinking is a form of self-medication.
If you binge drink to the point of intoxication, you do have a mental illness or condition of some sort. I say that not as a sanctimonious teetotaler. I’ve been drunk plenty and there’s nothing to say I won’t catch a nice buzz very soon.
If you doubt me, try this: Go out and do not drink. Watch people who do drink. Then tell me that those people don’t have a drinking problem.
When you drink, you are those people.
My theory is that drinkers are dominated by a super ego. They drink to shut off the noise that authority figures have ringing in their ears.
A better solution is to reject the slave morality you live under. I’ve enjoyed alcohol but never needed it because I live under my own code. I am my own super ego.
Society and my parents and teachers and the other idiots who tried implanting their voices in my head are all dead.
Kill your family and the voices will stop and so too will your need to drink alcohol.
2. People think we’re in high school with all of this peer pressure bullshit.
I am closer in age to 40 than 30. I’m old enough (or should be old enough) to just say, “Nah, I don’t drink.”
But man, it ain’t like that at all. People get a look of anxiety on their faces. “Why aren’t you drinking?”
These aren’t mean-spirited people. They would seem genuinely concerned. It was really weird. Why care if I’m drinking? It made no sense to me.
It’s hard for people to understand that I sometimes do things just as part of the journey of life. (I’ll someday write about my decision to leave the comfort of my home office in order to commute for 1 hour each way for a year, all in an effort to better understand the human condition.)
As a joke, I said I was on anabolic steroids and needed all of my liver’s efforts to go towards clearing the steroids from my system. That seemed to work really well and I stuck with it.
3. Girls cannot handle liquor.
I think every girl should be given a punch card before she goes out. This card could only be punched three times. After three drinks, nothing a woman does is going to be good.
The things I’ve seen girls do while drinking astounded me. One girl literally fell on her face right in front of me. I got nervous, wondering if she’d try to say I tripped her or tried throwing her on the ground to rape her. (There were witnesses to her nonsense, fortunately, but what a risk dealing with drunk American women can pose.)
I’ve seen girls sitting on the curb crying. Just sitting there. Crying. I’ve seen girls fall down in the middle of a bar, scream for no reason, start shoulder checking people, and generally just act like savages.
4. Talking to women while sober is hard.
It’s not hard for the reason it used to be hard. I don’t feel anxious. I just feel really bored. The average American woman really doesn’t have anything interesting going on her life worth talking about.
The American woman seems to lack any emotional depth. “I love my job,” she might say. If you probe deeper, asking her what she likes about her job and what her hopes and dreams are, you’re going to get one or two sentence answers. “I don’t know, it’s just fun.”
5. If you get drunk, you’re treading water.
Back when I partied hard, there was one simple rule to follow: “Get drunk, do what you want on Friday, but you cannot be a pussy on Saturday.”
That meant I would go to the gym no matter how hung over I was. There were days when I’d sit in the steam room with a wet towel on myself trying to detox.
Your workouts are never going to be as productive as they would have been if you had remained sober.
If you get drunk every weekend, you’re failing to optimize 48 workouts per year. Not drinking means you get those workouts back. Think of the progress you can make with 48 additional workouts a year.
6. Alcohol makes pick-up easier.
There’s a reason people have been imbuing for thousands of years. Alcohol lowers inhibitions and also leads to a greater sense of connectedness with others. Alcohol is a big boost for an introvert’s game.
Whoever says pick-up isn’t a crutch should go out stone cold sober. Seduce a girl when you’re not drinking. Seduce a girl when she’s not drinking.
When is the last time you remained stone cold sober, the girl remained sober, and you still closed on the first (or even third) date?
7. Drinking is expensive.
Mint.com told me that I spent $800 less during my first month of sobriety. Although I didn’t drink hard, alcohol costs add up quickly. In Los Angeles, a bar tab of $100 is easy to ring up. A bar tab here, some post-bar food there, and suddenly you’re talking about real money. I saved and made more money by not drinking.
8. I’m not anti-alcohol.
Although there are many problems with drinking, I’m certainly not opposed to it. .
I do believe that we do not treat alcohol as the serious drug that it is. Alcohol is like anabolic steroids. These are serious substances and you shouldn’t just blindly put them into your body.
What’s your take?
- Do you drink? If so, why?
- When is the last time you met a girl for the first time, remained completely sober, and still seduced her?
- What would happen to your game if you eliminated alcohol?