A year sounds so long, 365 days even longer. I am still about 20 days off of half a year, 6 months of no drinking. I feel amazing, love the fact that my ankles have stopped swelling, no hangovers, and as an added bonus when I go out we get to drive there and back. So I am saving on taxis/buses as well as all the health benefits to not drinking.
The big question when people ask me if I found it hard or do I miss it. Yes sometimes it is hard to stay motivated, and yes sometimes I miss the feeling you get after a few glasses of wine, but these thoughts are not all encompassing, they are brief, and after thinking I miss it, I reassess where I am at and how good I feel for not drinking and I realise I don't miss it as much as I thought I would. If you had told me this time last year that I would go 100 days of not drinking I would not have believed it. I was so stuck in the cycle of having wine every night, I remember the panicked feeling I would get if my 6pm I had no wine in the house. Drinking ruled my life and when I wasnt actually drinking I was thinking about drinking.
There are other benefits to not drinking too, a huge one for us is the cost. We have saved over €3000 since I stopped drinking.
Now I do have an addictive personality and I have replaced drinking with eating junk food a lot more than I used to, my sweet of choice at the moment is white chocolate. So, I have something else at the moment that I need to cut down, but I am going to be proud and happy with the fact that I have not had a drink in over 5 months.