I love William Porter’s book, Alcohol Explained. I just devoured it in the early days, because it’s practical and matter of fact – and makes a compelling case for STOPPING the alcohol.
William is a sporadic blogger and webinar speaker – but his posts and appearances are always gold. And today’s post was no different. William looked at the envy those of us now-sober problem drinkers often feel when we go to events and watch others happily imbibing – or we think they are happily imbibing. I know I feel envy sometimes around the idea that I will never again congregate around the table drinking – and having a smashing, rollicking good time (in my head I think this).
“Envy is never good, but envying someone who is better off than you is understandable at least. But why would you envy someone worse off than you? Why would you envy someone is who is tired when you aren’t? Why would you envy someone who is only enjoying themselves as much as, and no more than, you? Particularly if their enjoyment is reliant on regular, expensive, doses of a drug? A drug that erodes their fitness and confidence, stops them sleeping properly, and makes them ill? What exactly is there to envy?” (post)