I Accidentally Quit Drinking One Month Ago and the Results Are Annoying

Who wants to feel this good?

Jill Francis
8 min readAug 2, 2022
Woman sitting in a pool overlooking a town in Italy. Ocean is visible beyond.
Author’s Photo of Author Having Time to Do Nothing in Her Pool

Make no mistake, I didn’t plan this. I was not looking to embark on some kind of liver detox, life reset, or telomere lengthening exercise. The only thing that happened is that I got whacked so hard by COVID that the mere sight of the bottle of prosecco chilling in the fridge made me shudder. One week on the wagon turned into two, then two weeks turned into a month, and now I’m one of those infuriating people who quit drinking for a while and can’t stop talking about how awesome everything is.

A month ago, I wouldn’t be friends with me. Well, that’s not true. I would be friends with me, but I would have side-eyed me to death over my choice of soda water while the rest of us were trying to get our aperitivo on. I would have pitied me silently and likely judged my ability to recognize a good time if it hit me square in the jaw. In short, I would have been a bit of a shit.

Now? Rainbows out the ass, as far as the eye can see.

I am so sick of myself that I figured I would offload my annoyance by sharing it with all of you. But, before we get started, here’s a bit of background information about me and my drinking habits. I am 46, a former athlete who works out plenty, I have Celiac disease with lots of…



Jill Francis

American immigrant in Italy with too many degrees in Psychology. I write about everything I’m afraid of. jillfranciswrites@gmail.com