600 days ago, I woke up with my final hangover. I was away with friends for a weekend full of boozing & little did I know, I was done. As I came around that morning after a fractious sleep, I was dehydrated (as usual), felt sick, had a headache and had scratched my eczema so much, there were bloodstains on the bedding. I remember gulping down water from a pint glass on the bedside table but instead of being replenished, I just felt worse. My hair stank of cigarettes, my skin was beyond dry and my mood was low. How much longer was I going to inflict this harm upon myself? On top of the hangover symptoms, I was coming down with flu. I was in a bad way. After breakfast, my friends decided to climb a steep hill nearby to shake off their hangovers before the drive home but I couldn’t think of anything worse and chose to go home instead. The real (secret) reason that I declined the hill walk was because I was massively overweight as well as totally unfit and hungover and doubted I could actually make it up (or down) the hill without having some kind of episode. The following day started with a trip to the doctors about my eczema. It was out of control. I was a sorry itchy mess. The doctor was visibly shocked when I showed her my sore bleeding skin but at no point did she question how I’d got into such a state. Instead, I was given a stronger ointment and told to monitor it. Thankfully it began to subside that very afternoon. At that point, it wasn't my intention to never drink again as my 'experiment' wasn't due to start until the New Year but as the hangover faded and the flu took centre stage, there was no other option than to succumb. 600 days ago, my new life began and what a 600 days it had been. 600 less hangovers 600 nights of proper sleep 600 mornings without hangxiety 600 less bacon rolls 600 days free from cigarettes 600 days of happiness 600 less fat cokes 600 reasons never to drink again 600 days of gratitude 600 days of freedom Written by Sober Fish 2018 CLICK HERE FOR A FREE AUDIBLE TRIAL https://www.amazon.co.uk/Audible-Free-Trial-Digital-Membership/dp/B00OPA2XFG?tag=soberfish22-21 CLICK HERE TO BUY ‘YOU LEFT EARLY’ BY LOUISA YOUNG https://amzn.to/2zN7dPb CLICK HERE TO BUY 'RECOVERY' BY RUSSELL BRAND https://amzn.to/2uOhogu CLICK HERE TO BUY 'THE SOBER DIARIES' BY CLAIRE POOLEY https://amzn.to/2muad9O CLICK HERE TO BUY 'THE UNEXPECTED JOY OF BEING SOBER' BY CATHERINE GRAY https://amzn.to/2LrpP8J CLICK HERE TO BUY 'DRY' BY AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS https://amzn.to/2mryaOP
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