Alcohol opportunities abound in Hoboken

Keeping alcohol consumption in check in Hoboken, NJ

With the number of bars and restaurants, BYOB establishments and liquor stores around town – it’s not hard to be reminded that booze is all over the place almost every time you leave the house. Additionally, bars are “people places,” and where many residents and visitors go to socialize and a huge sports game-day hangout. “The place to be.”

Alcohol consumption amongst people living in Hoboken varies widely. Many residents are only occasional drinkers, whether it’s cost, family, job responsibilities, healthy habits, or reserving the revelry for only certain days a week – they manage the “poison” well.

Other individuals drink almost every day. From a simple glass (bottle) or two of wine with dinner after work, to endless happy hours, 16-day memory-loss benders – “going out for a drink” can turn into a year-round negative revolving door before you know it.

Hoboken NJ is a booze beer and alcohol city

Excess booze consumption is a slippery slope

When regular drinking goes unchecked, it can often lead to bad things: Relationship issues, poor job performance, health issues (toxicity, weight gain), and much more.

This is one reason why “cutting back on drinking” is one of the top New Year’s Resolutions going around each January. Hoboken411 has even tried it just for fun a couple times (once till Super Bowl Sunday, and the other until Tax Return Day…)

But is going from one extreme to another really a good way to handle it? A reliable long-term solution? Are extremes ever any good?

Finding a system that works for you (“The 65/25 Plan”)

I was thinking about different methods to manage alcohol consumption earlier this summer. And after tossing a few ideas around, I invented my own custom solution. I dubbed it “The 65/25 Plan.”

The concept is simple: Take about a month off from drinking alcohol every two months. To not lock myself out of an entire month, I chose “the first Monday to the last Friday” of the first month of each calendar quarter. That means 25 consecutive alcohol-free days each January, April, July and October.

My initial test/trial period was back in July. And I once again discovered that good things happen when you “reset” from time to time. You sleep better, skin gets healthier, you lose weight, have more energy, and get lots of things done and beyond. The “time-out” was also easy to manage. Wasn’t an epic event, and the time flew by. I started the next 25 days today (October 3rd) – and that even includes my own Birthday (I’m a Libra!)

The “65/25” plan can be customized it to your liking, but I think this time-period and frequency works great. Most Holidays are avoided (Xmas, New Years, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Super Bowl Sunday, etc.) And the fact that I made it shorter than a month, gives you some flexibility as well – you can adjust the 25 days a bit (like moving July to the 5th so you can enjoy some cold beers on July 4th).

Then again, anyone who shuns a self-improvement plan because it impedes on their “official” drinking days/events – may not be ideal candidates for any self-betterment. Seeking out loopholes before you even start means you’re not ready yet.

Non alcoholic beer and wine is terrible

Any plan works better with accountability

This particular plan may not work for everyone – just look down the aisles of any bookstore (that isn’t out of business), and see the choices in the “self-help” section. I was just tossing it out there because I personally never heard of such a system, and wanted to share my idea.

However, with any plan – accountability really does help, such as:

  • Tell as many people as you can – friends, family, co-workers and drinking buddies that you’re “off the radar” until a set date. Be firm about it, too.
  • Get a partner. Any goal is easier to achieve when you’re doing it with someone else with similar desires. You can compare notes, offer encouragement and support.
  • Alternatively, you can track your experiences and results yourself. Keeping a journal helps for some, while charting things like weight loss benefits others. Make a list of things you want to accomplish, and watch it get whittled down in a hurry. Online support groups are an option as well.

In the end, you have an opportunity to focus on YOU. Not everything in life revolves around other people, booze and socializing. Most folks have internal personal agendas of their own. You can use this time “off the booze grid” to re-connect with projects you’ve been stalling on, start new endeavors or tackle the impossible task you’ve been avoiding forever. Consider it “newfound free time” and use it wisely.

Regardless of what situation you may be in, constant drinking – while it can be great fun, probably has more drawbacks than benefits. Any steps to “keep you grounded to reality” can go a long way. And if you find that a simple three and a half weeks without the hot-sauce creates serious problems for you – that may be a bigger warning sign than you think… food for thought.

So – what kind of drinker are you, and how do you manage it?

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Self-control with an addictive substance is not always easy. You’d hope that those that exhibit downward signs can stop before it’s too late. I’ve seen more than one person ruin their life despite knowing it was a problem way in advance. Denial is very strong