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02-22-2012, 08:46 AM
I have an ever growing list of reasons I don't drink and wanted to start a thread where everyone can post their own 3 reasons they don't drink. Please feel free to come back daily or weekly or whenever you have another 3 reasons to add to the list. I thought it would be helpful to learn from each others' lists.

Here are my top 3 for today:

1) Alcohol has ruled and ruined all of my life and potential I will allow. It has taken all the years I can spare and it's time to get busy living and stop wasting my life being wasted.

2) Alcohol has kept me from living up to my potential in all areas of my life and I do not want any more of life to pass me by. When I'm drinking life just happens and I don't feel like I have any say in what I want.

3) There is not one area of my life that drinking can not make worse.

Midwest Sue
02-22-2012, 10:45 AM
1) I'm not drinking today because I refuse to waste my hard earned money.
2) I'm not drinking today because I would rather live life with a clear mind and a clear conscience.
3) I'm not drinking today because I want to be a positive role model to my children.

02-22-2012, 02:25 PM
I'm not drinking today because

1) I am an alcoholic and even one drink leads to too many.
2) I am afraid of what can happen to myself and others when I put myself and others in harms way.
3) I am a drunk and have put my children through enough embarrassment.

02-23-2012, 07:10 AM
Three Reasons I am not drinking today are:

1) I don't want to wake up in ten years time and wonder what I did with my life.
2) I don't want to wake up in ten years time and still be waiting for the good part of life to begin.
3) I don't want to wake up in ten years time and realize my drinking and unhealthy lifestyle choices has now caused irreversible damage/disease.

Good Health to all!

Midwest Sue
02-23-2012, 10:30 AM
I'm not drinking today because:

1) I am ready to claim the happy marriage that has eluded me and my husband; the marriage we can't have if either of us drinks.
2) I am tired of the alcoholic pendulum that swings from over-reacting to under-reacting to life's events. When I don't drink I react in a way that is neither.
3) It makes me proud to call myself a non-drinker.

02-23-2012, 08:38 PM
Three Reason I Didn't Drink Today

1) I found this site and the people here to help me stay sober.
2) The more days I don't drink the urge to drink lessens/ weakens (so I am being told).
3) My kids deserve a sober Mom.

02-24-2012, 08:52 AM
3 reasons I don't drink today are:

1) I don't want to die young
2) Tired of living in my own version of the movie "Groundhog Day"
3) I'm really behind on my bucket list

02-24-2012, 02:08 PM
3 Reasons I am not drinking today

1) I have been treading water at both home and work, I need to focus and be sober to get it together.
2) Drink = Trouble
3) My kids worry enough, they don't need to worry about me dying.

02-25-2012, 06:59 AM
1) When I start I can't stop, not at one drink or one day, one week, or one month
2) I accomplish so much more when I don't schedule my day around getting drunk
3) I'm sick of surrendering control of my life to the "IT", I'm stronger than that!

03-01-2012, 07:31 PM
This is a good thread. Everyone's reasons add up to a lot of positive thinking. My 3 reasons:

1- sick of being sick
2- want to be there, really there, for my wife & kids
3 - I can finally work on the six-pack abs I've always wanted

03-02-2012, 12:48 AM
My three reasons for not drinking today:

1. alcohol has already stolen more than its fair share of and from me
2. My beautiful wife and daughter only deserve the best
3. I want to be the best that I can be, today, and every single day here after

03-04-2012, 02:04 PM
3 Reasons I am not drinking today

1) Alcohol is counter productive to my workout.
2) I have ice cream in the house.
3) Sunday is a low stress day so I have to really come up with a good TO drink today ... Hmmm. Can't think of one...so I'm not going to drink today!

03-04-2012, 02:25 PM
3 Reasons I'm not drinking today:

1) It's not fun anymore
2) It doesn't work anymore
3) I hate it!

Midwest Sue
03-05-2012, 07:37 PM
1) i play Words With Friends much better sober.
2) i can't have just two or three and be satisfied.
3) I like the sober me better.

03-05-2012, 09:27 PM
3 reasons I'm sober today:

- I'm no good to myself or anyone else if I'm drunk.
- I love drifting peacefully off to sleep sober and waking up clear-headed.
- I'm not living to my highest self while drinking.

03-06-2012, 12:19 PM
3 reasons I'm not drinking today:

1) I drank to relieve stress but was more stressed because of it
2) Because I choose not to, it is not a punishment!
3) It no longer fits into the plans I've made to be the best I can be

John, I don't want to hide alcohol breath ever again either, good one!

03-06-2012, 03:06 PM
3 Reasons I am not drinking today:

1. I don't want to die from alcoholism before my time.
2. My children deserve a sober mother.
3. There are too many things I want to accomplish in my life that I can't accomplish as a drunk.

03-06-2012, 10:32 PM
You stole my reasons, Morgan!

03-07-2012, 04:38 AM
3 Reasons I am not drinking today:

1) I Love Myself
2) People Love Me
3) I have tremendous support from all you here. I Love You All.

03-07-2012, 12:26 PM
1) I am tired of living in a world halfway between reality and the alcohol's illusion.
2) I don't want my children to have memories of mom and her inseparable wine glass.
3) I want to be the mother, wife, friend, and overall person I was meant to be.

03-16-2012, 11:28 AM
3 reasons I'm not drinking today:

1) My Birthday gift to Midwest Sue.
2) It feels so good to wake up sober.
3) Just not thinking about it!

Midwest Sue
03-16-2012, 01:07 PM
Thanks, Beth!!

03-16-2012, 07:36 PM
1. I don't really like drinking. It's been a very long time since I actually have.
2. I never want my children to see me that way.
3. I get so much more done when I'm sober.

03-27-2012, 05:04 PM
I'm not drinking today because:
1. I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired.
2. I don't want to let myself down, this punishment has to stop and I need to forgive myself, so I can heal.
3. I don't like who I become when drunk, saying mean harsh words to those I love.

03-31-2012, 09:00 AM
Wow,a lot has changed since i was here last. This is a good thread.

04-03-2012, 09:52 AM
1. I want to be a better to myself and the people around me.
2. I can't take another hangover
3. I am sick of being a loser flunkie,
And want to live up to my potential

04-04-2012, 07:34 PM
- I'm starting to feel better again.
- Sober is starting to seem normal.
- I never want to go back there.

04-05-2012, 06:08 AM
good reasons Derik -I'll just use your reasons today for myself (not stealing just borrowing ok?)

Yes that is wonderful!

04-05-2012, 06:17 AM
For today
1. I slept really good last night sober
2. I don't miss that feeling of dread at 3am wondering how
Am I going to make it through work today.
3. I like to be able to help my kids with their homework

04-05-2012, 06:51 AM
1. I am sick of feeling guilty.
2. I am sick of not liking myself and low self esteem.
3. I like waking up clear headed.

04-06-2012, 03:05 PM
I am not going to drink today because I want to live.


04-08-2012, 01:34 PM
1. I'm tired of getting into arguments with my husband
2. I'm tired of feeling guilty or like a bad human being the next morning
3. I'm tired of my children giving me shit about my wine.

04-09-2012, 07:50 AM
hallelujah Sylvane!

04-10-2012, 09:36 AM
1. I value the happiness and well being of my family
2. I dont want to worry anymore
3 if I relapse, I may not get another chance

05-25-2012, 07:41 PM
3 reasons I am not drinking today

1) It takes to long (even after the hangover is gone) to get my mind out of the fog. The fog clouds how I feel about myself and the self loathing is almost unbearable.
2) Being sober is my Gift/ Reward of the day.
3) I am pushing through the urges, the AV bastard. I have come to realize when I get to the othe side, it didn't kill me! Yeah!

07-06-2012, 03:45 PM
3 Reasons I will Not Drink Today~
1. Alcohol kills me mentally and spiritually
2. I love my Freedom
3. I love feeling, seeing, breathing in Life!

07-07-2012, 05:52 AM
3 Reasons I will NOT drink today:

1) I control my life, not alcohol.
2) I am blessed with all things good when I don’t drink – why would I want to ruin that?
3) Not drinking has improved my self-confidence….I don’t want to lose that feeling.

08-18-2012, 04:37 PM
3 Reasons I'm Not Drinking Today

1. My drinking money was better spent on school supplies.
2. My sneaky AV is a sneaky little kid and I am a better "Mom" than to give in. (thanks for the analogy Samovar)
3. My higher power has got my back.

08-19-2012, 08:41 PM
I love being free
I love waking up sober
I love the quietness in my life

09-06-2012, 08:26 PM
I am not drinking today because it's my choice, a good choice and it makes me happy
I am not drinking today because I respect my body and poisoning it with toxins is self destructive
I am not drinking today because if I open that door I will just go to the same old place and I' m ready to go somewhere new... Today is the 1st of forever!

09-07-2012, 04:36 AM
3 reasons why i won't drink today.

I don't need or want to.
I have already drunk my lifetime quota.
It is no friend of mine.

10-16-2012, 07:35 AM
3 reasons I am not drinking today

1) I AM GRATEFUL I don't have the money to drink.
2) I AM GRATEFUL I used my money to pay my bills.
3) I AM GRATEFUL I am coherent enough to have used my money to pay bills.

So weird that today I realized all my bills are going to be paid on time this month....wow! And not even sweating about it, had the money to do it. I AM GRATEFUL.

Midwest Sue
10-16-2012, 10:00 AM
I'm not drinking today because
"head in the sand" is not an attractive pose!
I am better than my drinking self.
I like telling Mabel to f--- off.

p.s. Beth, I am also paying my bills and loving it!

10-31-2012, 01:43 PM
3 Reason's Why I Won't Drink Today:

1.) It feels nice waking up in the morning with a clear conscious.
2.) So I can make my way on to day four.
3.) So I can wake up and do Yoga not hungover and feeling like crap.

10-31-2012, 02:18 PM
3 reasons why i wont drink today

1 Because i dont want to wake up at 2 am with rebound insomnia and not be able to sleep
2 So I can drive to work with a fear of being pulled by the police
3 So i can look forward to day 5

11-23-2012, 07:06 AM
1. Alcohol destroys my health and my health is my wealth. Without my health, nothing else matters, neither fame nor fortune. Once health is destroyed, it's almost impossible to get back.

2. Alcohol crushes my dreams and is a sin against my talents. It can consume years of my life in a single bound without me hardly even noticing.

3. Drinking is a lie that promises relief but provides only misery and despair.

11-24-2012, 01:36 PM
Hi, Watersam, I'm so glad to see you. Oh, yes, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, that's a great description. There are some folks on the main thread who are on the Christmas challenge. Maybe join them? Welcome home.

11-30-2012, 10:44 AM
Honestly today:

1. The Law
2. The horrible Feeling in the morning
3. The love of my children

12-06-2012, 11:53 PM
1. Drinking undermined all my efforts toward what I want to achieve in life.
2. Drinking prevented me from being aware in the moment and really connecting with my family.
3. Now in my mid 40s, drinking only contributed to a growing list of negative consequences and a rapidly diminishing list of positive ones.

05-14-2013, 09:35 AM
While I`m struggling I wanted to post why I should not drink today - plus I really like this thread

1 - I do not want to start all over again in the morning and face the guilt
2 - I need to feel whatever it is I`m feeling right now -
3 - I do not want to let my son down and continue to be a piss head mother

05-15-2013, 08:53 AM
My 3 reasons will be very simple. I hope they are more meaningful as I progress in sobriety.
1. I promised myself 30 days and I haven't been able to achieve this small goal in a long time.
2. I want to see if I feel any different physically and mentally not drinking.
3. Tired of worrying how drinking is affecting my health.

05-21-2013, 11:05 AM
I am not a drinker, but I find this thread very inspiring, and I wish my child's father would stumble onto something like this and find the same inspiration... I am tempted to send him a link to it!!! I guess I could. Even if he doesn't read it, I tried! Right?

12-09-2013, 11:17 PM
This is my first post on this Site: found it about a week ago in search of an alternative to AA - In the day 3 of sobriety "again" & just want to be "free" of the ball & Chain. Three reasons for not drinking today:

I want to truly "live" & have a sense of peace in my life & for those that love me to have that same peace.
To wake up & look in the mirror & not be disgusted at the woman I see
To truly be there for those I love & adore...to build relationships that are meaningful

12-09-2013, 11:57 PM
Hi MaryG, those are 3 excellent reasons for staying sober.. Welcome to SR and good luck on your journey to sobriety.. Check in on the main thread and let us know how it is going.. Take care, and best wishes..


12-05-2014, 01:51 PM
Three reasons I'm not drinking today:
1.) It feels horrible to feel hung over and it renders me useless the next day.
2.) I made a promise to myself that I would not drink and I really want for once to rid alcohol from my life.
3.) Simply because I need to learn how to deal with all of life's ups and downs sober.

Average female
12-06-2014, 07:36 AM
Julie - the above ones are good...
1. Because i don't want to exist, I want to continue living... It feels amazing to feel happy, calm, content and have bags of energy to run and exercise and I only wish I'd done it sooner.
2. Because I respect myself for the first time since I can remember, both how I look and more importantly my mind. I no longer just walk around dragging the stone of booze shame... Constantly fretting over various issues.
3. Because you become a nobend when you drink :)


12-28-2014, 06:13 PM
1. i don't want to face the morning with a guilt in my face.
2. i don't want my family to hate me.
3. Simply because i love myself.

12-30-2014, 04:45 AM
1. I am sick of feeling sick: I'm physically, mentally and spiritually redundant.
2. I want to be a good role model for my children and to be a good daughter, friend, sister.
3. I want a LIFE that is not ruled by wine and cider.

01-30-2015, 02:58 AM
1. I hate the smell of alcohol lurking in my mouth after i woke up.
2. Headaches are troublesome, especially when at work.
3. Hangovers giving me hard time.

12-02-2016, 05:44 AM
Here's the 3 reasons why Gustavo Woltmann will not drink today.
1. I need to work today in order to have money that I need in order to survive and to make my family happy. So I'm in a publishers company and of I need all energy in order to finish my work. I don't want to waste it money and energy.
2. Because I love my family, most of all my beloved daughter, I don't want her to see me drunk whenever I go home. Last night my friends ask me to come on the beach near Panama City to drink and have fun but I refused. I know it's a good place but still I didn't went out. I know my friends will understand me. Good for me.
3. And lastly, I wanna live a healthy and awesome life.

That's all thanks!

11-20-2017, 05:18 AM
1. I love my family.
2. I concerned about my health.
3. I have so many things to do.

04-02-2018, 01:41 AM
3 Reasons I am not drinking today:
1. I want enjoy my life!
2. My children and husband deserve a sober mother.
3. There are too many things I want to accomplish in my life that I can't accomplish as a drunk.