No Hangover Club: Eleanor Katelaris
I always thought alcohol would make me more social. It took me a long time to realise, ironically, that it was doing the exact opposite.
I had convinced myself that I had social anxiety around events and gatherings. I thought I couldn’t attend someone’s birthday or go to a night out without first having a few drinks. I thought it made me more approachable and likeable. My biggest fear was, god forbid - someone would think I was boring.
So drinking became the cornerstone of most of my social life.
But then in 2019, I decided to change.
I had realised that I had never had a night out where I didn’t binge drink. And I also realised that I had never had a night out without drama, drunken mishaps or regrets. When I put these things together, I realised something had to give.
I was exhausted by being constantly pulled by the ebb and flow of the drunk/hangover cycle.
I’ve been sober ever since.
I’ve now realised that I don’t think I had social anxiety at all. I just never gave myself the chance to experience events without drinking, so I just assumed they would be more daunting than they actually were.
My biggest tip for someone who is sober curious is to just start going to events sober. You’ll realise very quickly that it’s easier in practice than it is in theory. Your personality is more than enough and I’ve even found I have a better time when I’m sober because I actually have to put in the effort to have fun rather than rely on the alcohol to make the fun happen for me.
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