1 Year Drinking Wagon Challenge for 2014

The Lizard of Oz

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I've been reading cardguy's binge drinking thread and certain comments there and in other threads inspired me to suggest this 1 year drinking wagon challenge for 2014.

Why do a 1 year drinking wagon?

It is a great way to take stock of your life and get a reset. And it's also an amazing challenge to discipline that incites creativity, change, and new directions. Last but not least, throwing away the crutch of alcohol will force improvements in your raw game skills.

Guys often warn about the damage inflicted by porn, but drinking is far more devastating to a man's psyche than porn. Very often guys will look for any and all reasons for the decline in their libido, and blame it on "aging", when in truth they need look no further than the sauce.

Yes, there are those who can do fine with drinking for many years. But this is a genetic gift and it is rare. And even for those dudes, drinking will almost always catch up with them by their late 30s / early 40s at the latest.

And by "catching up" I don't necessarily mean the obvious things like bad hangovers or blackouts. Sooner or later almost all drinkers will start to feel a strange flavorlessness, a subtle sense of deadness, creep into their spirits. And they'll blame it on anything but drink...

As I wrote in an earlier post, one of the most subtly devastating ways in which drinking diminishes men is the boredom that drinkers start to feel with everyday life. And I know from the experience of myself and others close to me that it takes months -- sometimes as long as 6-9 months -- before you begin to recapture the feeling of a natural thankfulness for the everyday and the relishing of simple things from the middle of life that drinking so insidiously blurs. This is why a 1 year wagon is the way to go.

The wagon must be absolute -- your honor is staked on not having a single drop of alcohol, for any reason, for the full 365 days. And do yourself a favor and do not substitute weed or any other drug. Just suck it up and live like a Mormon for a year for the manly hell of it and see what insane thing emerges on the other side.

I feel a good day to start the wagon is January 3rd -- the first Friday of 2014. New Year's Day is a terrible cliche, and January 2nd might just be the night to get that last weekday drunk in. Plan on having the last hair of the dog sometime on the evening of the 3rd. And then just let it go.

It is fascinating to observe the changes that come along with this one year. Take the challenge and find out for yourself.

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By the way. I have noticed that absolute, not-one-drink abstention from alcohol for a full year is stunningly difficult even for guys who consider themselves very disciplined or "up for any challenge." A friend of mine who is a cocky motherfucker and one of the toughest guys I know simply couldn't do it -- he broke at the 5 month mark and said it was the toughest thing he had ever attempted.
 
lol - I'm in. Although I am hoping to give up alcohol for the rest of my life.

Will report back here over time to let you know what changes I feel.

I started as of Saturday.
 

pants

 
Without hijacking your spirits, I´m in for January, and not only quit drinking, but no tobacco, no fast food, no late night staying up in front of the computer. I actually think the one about good sleeping patterns is a huge one.

And at the same time i plan doing serious training for a month. I might even throw in some yoga!

Lol, classic new years, But I have done it before, and It really makes a difference.

So I am 1/12 in, and maybe I will extend it from there.
 

Basil Ransom

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Why not just limit yourself in quality and quantity?

Most of my drinks are red wine, and usually only on dates (though many say it's a healthy habit to have one or two glasses a day).
 
I would advocate moderation for most guys. But I need something more drastic. I really want to put an end to my crazy alcohol binges.

And I could use the extra cash as well.

They are my two main concerns.

I am not so bothered about the health side of things since I think moderation is probably quite a healthy way to be.

Still - it will be interesting to see if I get a different perspective on life over the next few months. Maybe I will feel more in touch with my senses and more alive? Who knows...
 

Vitriol

Pelican
cardguy said:
Still - it will be interesting to see if I get a different perspective on life over the next few months. Maybe I will feel more in touch with my senses and more alive? Who knows...
I didn't drink for several months a couple years ago when I was broke and had some health issues. Honestly, I ended up being really fucking bored. The only positive that came out of it was that I was able to get in really good shape and consistently exercise every day.

To me it doesn't make sense to totally quit like this unless you think you have a serious problem or can't control your drinking.
 

The Lizard of Oz

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basil,

The challenge is aimed at guys who feel their lives have been made worse by alcohol. True moderate drinkers are rare -- most guys here who like to drink -- love to drink. This is for them.

A true drinker -- someone who drinks because he loves to be drunk -- will not naturally or willingly become a moderate one. And the wagon, the complete removal of the drug, confers great benefits on the true drinker that cannot be realized in any other way.

It is sometimes possible for a true drinker to go back to being a moderate drinker after a long wagon -- but that's a different story...
 

The Lizard of Oz

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cardguy,

I'm very happy you're on board! please post regularly on how you're feeling, for better and for worse.

I believe you will be shocked at how the joy and feeling for life, pleasure in the most simple day to day existence, returns as your binges grow more distant in time...
 

The Lizard of Oz

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Vitriol,

Several months won't effect the really serious changes -- but hey, you got a taste of them, getting into shape, etc.

No, the deep changes come toward the end of the first year -- after the "boredom" passes...
 
Yeah - in the past I have noticed a subtle 'boredom' that kicks in when I have gone a couple of weeks without drinking. Hopefully that will go away with time.

Equally - boredom can be quite useful. Since it is your brain challenging you to find more interesting and creative ways to spend your time.

I will probably use some of that time to deepen my interest in philosophy (something I have being slacking on recently).
 
I am on board as of Saturday 30th November 2013.

Useful to note now the exact day I started - so that I can refer to it in future updates.
 
The Lizard of Oz said:
A true drinker -- someone who drinks because he loves to be drunk -- will not naturally or willingly become a moderate one. And the wagon, the complete removal of the drug, confers great benefits on the true drinker that cannot be realized in any other way.
For sure, Id be going out to get drunk as my main priority, not to fuck girls. This leads to being pretty unhealthy.

I had a couple psychedelic experiences which "enlightened" me that I drink too much and ought to give it up. These experiences kept me sober/moderate for a couple months but I gave up.

What are you guys going to be ordering at bars/nightclubs? Water? Coke?
 
I don't go out much anymore. I am 31 and bored of it to be honest. To be honest I don't actually like bars anymore. I usually just wind up in them when I am already hammered.

Still - I was in the bar the other day with a friend. And late at night I wanted to reign in my drinking and had some bottles of water (never done that before).

And I really enjoyed it. Made a refreshing change from all the processed crap I usually drink in bars.

I know there will be more interesting options - but for me I will stick with coke or water when I next find myself in a bar.
 

bacan

Pelican
I'm supportive of you guys. I want to reduce my alcohol consumption this coming year and not binge drink. I can't figure out if giving up alcohol completely would be best. Seems like the ideal scenario for me would be some small amount of alcohol.

Are you guys worried about not being able to share a bottle of wine or a round of beers with a girl you are trying to get with? That's my biggest concern.

I would also consider giving up drinking when I'm out and no one has to know what's in my glass.
 
bacan said:
Are you guys worried about not being able to share a bottle of wine or a round of beers with a girl you are trying to get with? That's my biggest concern.

I would also consider giving up drinking when I'm out and no one has to know what's in my glass.
Yes! In my apt not bad, I can make a round of mixed drink away from where they're looking and just pour OJ/Cranberry/Sprite for me.

At a bar/restaurant I don't know!? Order something cryptic that girls are not familiar with (bitter & hops?) ? If we're sharing a bottle of wine, pretend to sip but don't, then get rid of it by spilling on the floor? Get up yourself to go to the bar and order a coke for you but mixed drink for the girl away from her? I've found girls won't drink if you don't drink so this is problematic....

I heard George Clooney is offered shots all the time when he goes out and what he does is he pretends to take them then lowers them to waist level and dumps it on the floor.
 
Personally - I am not preachy about this.

I actually think getting drunk is good for you. It seems like it wipes your mind clean and allows your mind to focus on different pursuits the following day. It is hard to explain - but I get a zen like feeling of tranquilness after getting drunk. Almost like I defragmented my hard drive (to use a geeky term) and now can decide on a new direction to head in. Instant karma - as John Lennon might have said.

But - that is by the by for me.

I wanna' save cash. And I know some bad shit will happen if I continue with my binges. I have being really lucky so far. The only smart thing I can do is stop before something bad happens. Stopping AFTER something bad happens - is too late and the opposite of smart.

Also - it will be interesting to see what effect it has on my life in other ways. I am intrigued.
 
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