My 100 Weeks Of Sobriety – The Numbers!!!!

So this evening marks my 100 week of sobriety, at 10.30 this evening it will officially by that magical mark.  I’ve written so many times about that pivotal moment in my life and I will probably write about it many more times, but for this post I highlight what that means in term of numbers, this it what it would have cost me over the last 100 weeks, had I continued drinking at the rate I was in the weeks before I quit, the figures are pretty interesting!

TOTAL CONSUMPTION:
Bottles of Rose Wine: 1000

Pints of Cider: 1800
Cans of Cider/Lager: 800
Bottles of Jaques Cider: 200

This was based on what I drank over the last few weeks before I quit, this was an average week, obviously it was some times a little more or a little less, but this was the average as I remember it, this obviously doesn’t include the odd bottle of Rum or other spirit I may have every now and again.

TOTAL UNITS OF ALCOHOL: 17560

So the recommended intake of alcohol for a male in the UK is 21 units per week, so that would total 2100 units, right so my average intake would have been over 8 times that, is it any wonder my blood pressure was rising.

TOTAL COST: £11,900.00 ($19,857 US)

Okay, so I’ve saved myself almost £12,000 in these last 100 weeks, which in itself is interesting seeing as I’m still almost flat broke, luckily this week the bank gave me back the charges they took from me last week.  I don’t know how I kept my habit going consider the cost of it, but I guess until you step back and look at it with fresh eyes do you really realise the cost.

TOTAL CALORIES: 698800

So the total calories of 698800 alone does not seem to be too interesting a figure, but when you convert that into weight it makes a truly different reading, that converts to around 200lbs in weight.  Seeing as I was at my heaviest when I quit drinking and that was only 182 pounds, that extra 200lbs in weight would probably have increased that figure drastically!

I’m not sure given the above figures whether I would actually be here to count these figures, which would have got to me first, the high blood pressure or the stress of the financial burden I was putting on myself and the family, it drove me close to suicide on many occasions.

The hardest thing for an addict is to admit they have the problem in the first place, that realisation hit me smack in the face when my relationship with Victoria essentially ended, but I still couldn’t stop, I knew I had to change and I knew there was only person I wanted to speak to about it.

The rest is history, I called Gareth one Monday morning, I met with him that evening and poured my soul out to him, along with a thousand tears, that night everything changed, Gareth brought the possibility of a life with God, it may have taken me a few days to embrace that, but when I did, I found the strength that I prayed for to overcome my addiction.

On 29th March 2012 I took that last drink and although the next few weeks were hard work, the temptation and then the intense pain of withdrawals were hard to deal with, but again I prayed for strength and fought through it and made it to the otherside.

It’s not been an easy ride all the way through those last 100 weeks, I’ve struggled with many things in that time, eventually ending up on anti-depressants, but despite that these last few weeks I have felt more positive about the future than ever before.  But there is no way I would be here celebrating this milestone without the Grace of God.

My future seems bright, now that there’s a light shining upon it.

FOREVER by BETHEL MUSIC
The moon and stars they wept
The morning sun was dead
The Savior of the world was fallen
His body on the cross
His blood poured out for us
The weight of every curse upon Him

One final breath He gave
As heaven looked away
The Son of God was laid in darkness
A battle in the grave
The war on death was waged
The power of hell forever broken

The ground began to shake
The stone was rolled away
His perfect love could not be overcome
Now death where is your sting?
Our resurrected King
Has rendered you defeated

Forever He is glorified
Forever He is lifted high
Forever He is risen
He is alive, [and] He is alive

Forever He is glorified
Forever He is lifted high
Forever He is risen
He is alive, [and] He is alive

The ground began to shake
The stone was rolled away
His perfect love could not be overcome
Now death where is your sting?
Our resurrected King
Has rendered you defeated

Forever He is glorified
Forever He is lifted high
Forever He is risen
He is alive, [and] He is alive

He is alive!
He’s lifted high

We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
The Lamb has overcome

We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
The Lamb has overcome

We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
The Lamb has overcome

We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
The Lamb has overcome

Now death where is your sting?
Our resurrected King
Has overcome, He’s overcome [oh]

10 thoughts on “My 100 Weeks Of Sobriety – The Numbers!!!!

  1. Priceless Joy

    That is awesome! It isn’t easy to overcome an addiction, I know how difficult it was for you. The main thing is that you did and you remain sober. Your life is changing in magnificent ways isn’t it? Are you a friend of Bill? I am a friend of Bill.

    Reply
    1. waynemali Post author

      Thank you for your kind comments, it’s true I’m very thankful for the way my life is moving on now, no everything is perfect, but so much better.
      I have a few friends called Bill, I’m not sure which one you mean?

      Reply

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