I'm sure you're well aware of the negative things that can happen in your life when you are addicted to alcohol. In fact, as a recovering alcoholic, you could probably list 10 reasons why people should not abuse alcohol.
But what about sobriety? Other than the common perks of sobriety, like freeing yourself from the compulsion to drink, what are some of the unexpected perks of sobriety? In what ways can your life benefit from staying sober? Today, let's take a look at 5 unexpected perks of sobriety.
1. You get to "save face."
What I mean by this is that when you're sober, you get to skip embarrassing yourself or acting inappropriately due to excessive drinking. As you are well aware, getting drunk can cause you to say and do some interesting things and can even get you in some trouble. When drinking, your judgment goes right out the window and self-control is virtually gone. So, when you sober up, you're less likely to walk up to that stranger (who is happily married) and plant a big kiss or decide to text your boss how idiotic he is, or plenty of other impulsive things that could get you into trouble.
2. Your chances of dying in the street decrease.
How many times did you cross the street drunk? Did you almost get hit by a car? Did you get mugged walking from bar to bar? Taken advantage of? Drinking and walking can be extremely dangerous to your health and can get you killed, so sobriety certainly lessens your chance of dying in the streets.
3. You have more money.
Getting sober might not mean you earn more money, but because you're not purchasing alcohol all the time, you tend to have more money in your account. You also tend to do less impulse shopping or shop for another party outfit. Sobriety tends to help you clear your mind so that you're not being unwise when it comes to your finances.
4. You just feel younger.
Health wise, alcohol does you no good. Sure, some people assert that a glass of red wine each evening may help with cardiovascular health, but many health experts dismiss this and instead encourage you to get out and exercise instead. Cutting out the alcohol will simply help you look and feel younger. You'll feel some vitality, whereas old hangovers made you feel fatigued and worn out. Your skin may appear clear and fresh and feel more confident as well.
5. You'll be safer on the road.
Even if your blood alcohol was just .5 when drinking, your chances of getting into an accident doubled, so now that you are sober, you're less likely to be involved in an accident. Certainly drunk driving put you at risk of injury or death on the road, so living sober will keep you and others safer on the road. Chances are you'll also get to your destination faster, you won't get lost, or have to bypass the police station or police hangouts for fear of getting caught drinking and driving.
There are certainly expected and unexpected perks to sobriety, so keep these in mind when the temptation to pick up a drink comes. As you progress in sobriety, you'll notice that life simply gets better and better. Your mind becomes clearer and you tend to be more optimistic. As the shackles of alcoholism drop, you feel freer and more peace. Yes, the sober life IS the good life.
Dominica Applegate has a BS in Psychology, an MA in Counseling and has worked in the mental health field for 12 years before launching her own business as a writer. Specializing in addictions, relationships, codependency, fitness and health, Dominica's work is ultimately about helping people remove blocks that keep them stuck, because everyone can really create a life that they love.