The biggest stumbling block to long term sobriety is the idea of moderation; the idea in our head that one day we can moderate and drink like ‘everyone else’. If moderation was possible, we wouldn’t have a problem in the first place! We never drank 1 or 2 beers and packed it in. We drank until there were no more beers and then drove drunk to the store for more.
After the first week of quitting, after the shakes and anxiety settle down a bit, we quickly start accruing benefits like improved sleep, less bloat, less shame. After the first month, our finances improve. Our health improves. Our relationships improve. After the first year, we pretty have much a new life. And then that little booze gremlin might jump on your shoulder and whisper in your ear, “Hey, you’re cured! It’s probably okay to have a beer or two”. No, it’s not. Unless you want to go right back to where you started. And it’s a fast trip. You think things might be different this time. But they won’t.