I jumped into an interesting adventure recently! I decided to indefinitely abstain from the imbibition of alcohol and coffee. It's been over a month since my last indulgence in either beverage and I'm leaning towards continuing on this path. I chose to carry out this experiment for many reasons. First and foremost was for health purposes - I wanted to see what positive effects I could gain from these limitations. More energy? Sharper focus? Slower to fatigue? I also wanted to see if I could break through a couple of social norms - on a very small number of occasions, I found myself drinking alcohol or coffee in a social setting whether I specifically wanted to do so or not. (The same concept could apply for social snacking or shared meals but that's a broader topic.) For me, consuming either drink was never an issue to begin with, so in my case, what the experiment questions is "are they necessary at all?"
Since I started in February, the feedback I've been getting has been overwhelmingly positive! I've been finding people are incredibly interested in this topic and generally have strong opinions towards it! (virtually everyone in favor of it!) One thing I've been hearing a lot is "well, isn't it hard?" It really wasn't difficult at all. It's partly because I already monitor my intake of any substance pretty well, but really, I just had the idea to do it and then backed it up with action.
An actor I have a lot of admiration for, Jim Carrey, took on a similar challenge by eliminating coffee, drugs, alcohol, and antidepressants from his life because "life is too beautiful." While disregarding prescribed medications is a controversial topic, there's a lot to be said for the desire to live life without crutches or blinders.
Because I don't yet have any definite results to report, I'm uncertain how much longer I will continue with these restrictions. So far I haven't experienced any negative side effects and ultimately, I'm undertaking this challenge as just one more way I can look after myself so I can better look after other pursuits! For the time being, it's going strong so I'll leave it at that!