In this new series we will be following a different CollegeCandy writer for a month as she takes on a personal challenge. This month we’re following Lauren from University of Michigan. She’s going sober for the month of February and will be sharing her ups and downs with us each Saturday.]
When I told my friends I would be giving up alcohol for an entire month, I got one of three reactions:
1. Why would you do that?!
2. I bet you $100 you don’t make it.
3. Why the hell would you do that?!
When I told my family, I got these reactions:
1. “Bullsh*t.” – Mom
2. “Why would you do that??” – Dad
3. “It’s a good thing your friends are still drinking; I doubt anyone would like you if they were sober.” – Brother
You see, I am a party girl and everyone knows it. I am incredibly responsible, hard-working and focused when I need to be, but when I let loose, I really let loose. My friends can always count on me to not only join them at the party (flask in hand), but to be the party. They didn’t call me Drunk Lauren freshman year for nothing.
And that’s exactly why I decided to take on this challenge. Since I got to college and took my first sip of alcohol (which was Jungle Juice served from a garbage can, mind you), I have not gone an entire month without drinking. Usually pretty heavily. I spend my weekends (which often start on Thursday nights) in a perpetual cycle of drunk, hungover, feeling a bit better, then drunk again. It’s exhausting, it’s expensive and I know it’s the reason over half of my jeans don’t fit anymore.
I want to go sober for a month to prove to myself that I can do it. I’m also curious to to see how much better I can feel, how much money I can save and how much weight I can lose. (That last one isn’t really important, but I’m curious to see if cutting all those empty calories out/not being too hungover to hit the gym on the weekends makes a difference).
I know it’s going to be hard. Drinking, as much as we don’t like to admit it, is central to our social lives. It’s what we do. So what am I going to do now that I can’t partake in the drinking festivities? If I want to see my friends at all during the month of February (which, obviously, I do) I have two options: learn how to go out and not drink or try and convince all of them to do some alternative sober activities. Neither of which will be easy considering my friends’ favorite pastime is Beer Pong.
But I’m going to do it, despite the fact that not one person I know believes me. When I put my mind to something – even something as difficult as this – I do it. Of course, I wasn’t totally into this decision last night as I was taking my last O-Bomb for the month and dancing to Ke$ha on a stage. But seeing as I spent my morning moaning in my bed until someone brought me a Gatorade and a bagel and have now taken 40-minutes to string my thoughts together into a coherent post (a task which would normally take about 5) , I’m actually looking forward to the next month of sobriety.
I can’t wait to see what February brings!