I think I’m largely done with alcohol, and here’s an interesting observation.

Alexei Sorokin
4 min readNov 8, 2023

This is neither a resolution nor a promise nor a story about hitting ‘rock bottom’. I’ve seen several of these stories lately. Sometimes, sobriety authors include a picture from their past life — you know, drunk, passed out, or looking unhealthy.

No, this is not that kind of a story. I’ve not been drunk in many years. I can’t imagine drinking to any excessive degree, however, you define “excessive”. For me, it’s jeopardizing the quality of my running, which I love passionately and do every day.

But as I’ve mentioned in many of my stories, I’d have two or three every night. It was a decades-long habit. Say I’d have a beer after my run and then some wine. I’d never drink during the day. I’d never drink hard liquor, even if it’s in the form of a cocktail. And like I said — I’d never get drunk. Sure, I’d feel alcohol relax my mind and body, but I never felt I got to the point of an addiction. I had a habit, not an addiction. But how do you draw the line?

About a year ago, I wanted to prove to myself that I wasn’t addicted. So, one Sunday evening, instead of my usual routine of grabbing a cold beer after my long run, I decided to have electrolytes and green tea instead. I went weeks without alcohol, and I felt fine. In the first couple of days, I missed my habit just a bit, but it only took about half a week to adjust.

After that ‘dry’ experiment, I found myself fluctuating in and out of my evening drinks habit. The ‘dry’ experiment was valuable. Its purpose wasn’t necessarily to give up alcohol altogether, but rather to delve into my relationship with it and my habits. This year, I’ve consumed less alcohol than ever before, largely due to these periods of abstinence. They’ve evolved from experiments into spontaneous occurrences, happening without a set pattern and without overthinking. Sometimes, I simply don’t drink, period. For instance, I might finish a bottle over the weekend and then go many days without buying more. I don’t include alcohol in my regular grocery shopping anymore, and I certainly don’t make a special trip just for it, like I used to. And if my wife happens to buy some wine during her grocery trip, that’s fine; I’ll have my couple of drinks. No extremes, just moderation

The most significant benefit of not drinking, in my experience, is reduced fatigue both in the evening and the morning. You think that the fatigue is relaxing. It is actually…

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Alexei Sorokin

A Russian immigrant in America, father of 4, Cambridge and Harvard Business School alum. I run and write every day. https://runningwritingliving.substack.com/