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181 Days Teetotal (And Counting): All I’ve Gained Since I Stopped Drinking

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TRIGGER WARNING: This post references an account of sexual assault and may be triggering to some. “When you quit drinking you stop waiting.” ~Caroline Knapp, I’m now at 181 days teetotal.

I prefer teetotal to sober. I say sober sometimes, but teetotal feels lighter, airier, and I feel lighter and airier these days.

For the life of me, I can’t remember when I took my first sip of alcohol. It probably came from a grownup’s glass. What I can remember is being sixteen or so, half waking up from a blackout with a friend’s hand down my pants.

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