Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Girls Night

Here's something I'd really miss if I couldn't drink anymore: Girls night.

On the first Saturday of every month, a group of about fifteen women - some of us old friends, some of us new friends - try to get together at a different restaurant to gab and eat good food and drink lots of wine.

That's exactly what happened last Saturday. It was a blast. I indulged completely, but I didn't end up in a puddle of my own sick at 3 in the morning because I'm now able to "stop" for the night. I don't have to keep going. I don't have to order that next drink when I'm already enjoying myself.

Cleansing has put me in touch not only with my body's reaction to alcohol, but with my own intentions. I'm so grateful I didn't have to order that last glass of wine and risk over-drinking. I'm so glad that I now have that control - because even as a teenager, I didn't. But cleansing has helped me acquire that skill - and now that I have it, it's really simple to use.

Something that might help you socialize more easily is to know that using alcohol properly is sometimes just a matter of drinks vs. time. If you're trying to squeeze another drink in at the very end of the night, maybe it's not the best idea for you. Especially if you're already drunk. If you don't live alone, promise yourself you can have another drink when you get home or look forward to your next outing with friends. It's safer than risking a bad experience by ordering a drink that you know in your heart you don't need.

By the way, if you've got a night of partying coming up and you're worried how it might end, here's a tip I've found helpful. First of all, picture yourself having a really good - but generally responsible - time with your friends. Picture yourself saying 'no' to that one drink too many. Picture yourself leaving the bar or the restaurant happy, buzzed, but in control. And most importantly picture yourself waking up in the morning contented and proud of yourself. Feel what it's like to have a night of socializing that doesn't end in drama. See it before you "be" it. It'll help.

Plus your hangover won't be as bad.

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