No Hangover Club: Millie Gooch
When I first stopped drinking, a lot of people couldn’t understand why. “But you’re so much fun,” they’d say.
I’m sure I was fun because I could always be relied upon to get the party going, to make sure the momentum of the night never dropped and to herd people to the next bar and the next bar like a drunken Bo-Peep. But it no longer felt fun, especially when I woke up.
From about the age of 24 my nights after drinking were shrouded in shame, hangxiety and a low-level feeling of existential dread. I would have gladly taken a headache and nausea over the mental torture I seemed to endure but as time went on, they just got worse.
On a particularly nasty hangover in 2018, I said goodbye to alcohol for good and as the old saying goes ‘As one door closes, another one opens’ and that’s exactly what happened.
Closing the door on alcohol merely opened one to a world free of self-sabotage, Sunday scaries and booze blues. It’s a world where I am fun for other people but more importantly for myself.
Last week my friend said “Do you still get excited for a night out?”. My reply was, “yes. If anything I get more excited because I know that I will wake up with the crystal clear knowledge of how I got home, how much money I spent and the absolute confirmation that I didn’t throw up in an Uber”.
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