Just over six months ago, I did something I’d previously considered unthinkable: at the ripe old age of 22, I stopped drinking, and it’s been most instructive. Some aspects of recovery are uniform across age groups – a sense of social isolation, for example, or the shakes (oh god, the shakes). But young people, gin-soaked as their social dynamics tend to be, face a particular set of challenges and new experiences when they try to give up alcohol. Below is a list (by no means exhaustive) of some of the things I’ve learned since I put a plug in the jug.
1. You will keep expecting there to be an end in sight – and there isn’t.
We don’t often think about it, but up until age 22 or so, our lives are planned out in bite-size chunks with clear goals. When you’re born, your main objective is to meet…
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