This isn't a post about alcohol, it's about habits. I don't believe that thing about doing something for 21 days/ a month/ 40 days and it will become a habit, in my experience it doesn't, maybe it does for some.
We didn't drink alcohol in January, as I think I mentioned at the time. It was easy. It didn't really occur to me that I wouldn't celebrate my 40th birthday with a glass of champagne (mainly because I'm too stingy and champagne is disgusting at the best of times). What did occur to me is how much of a habit it was to drink - when we went to football, visiting people, to "wind down" from work on a Friday evening, to try the local brew when we visited a new place.
When I did have a bottle of beer on Dan's birthday it was horrible. I didn't get through it and was surprised at my indifference to try something else instead. I've concluded that I mainly like going out in order to have peanuts.
It was context related, there are certain friends that we never go for a drink with, but others it would seem weird to stick to a cup of tea. The pressure I was under to have a drink at my birthday meal was incredible, and the response to saying I was off drink from friends was very odd. Half saying that I must be mad and why would I do that to myself, a glass of wine is good for you (not for me I can't stomach wine at all) and all that. The other half greeted me as though I was joining some amazing club of the morally superior.
I'd love to say it's been a life changing experience where I feel brighter and more alert, have lost weight (no chance) and generally feel better about life. I don't, I feel the same as ever. But that's good, things are as normal as they ever were and that's that. I'm making no statement, I'm just not having something I don't like, in the same way I wouldn't eat cheese and onion crisps *yuck*. Sometimes it's just about doing something and then not thinking about it.
edit - I've added a tab at the top of the page for menu plans for the few people who want to read about it!