My First 30 Days Sober

My First 30 Days Sober

– Hey, guys. I’m Corey.
I am going a month without drinking
and I’m going to document it.
(claps hands)
If I’m being straight up about this,
I’m not excited.
I like to drink.
I think it’s fun.
It’s something that my friends do.
We go out and we grab some beers
and it’s just how we
engage with each other.
I think for awhile there I was getting
really overwhelmed with the stress of life
and a relationship and school and work
and I would deal with that stress
by drinking and trying to numb that
and I’m realizing that that’s
not a way for me to handle this,
and I need to just take a little break.
(sighs) Here we go!
(upbeat music)
– My boyfriend, Corey is amazing.
He’s recently gone back
to school for business.
He works at one of my
favorite bars in Los Angeles.
And he still finds time to collaborate
with me on Buzzfeed projects.
I’m not about being for
or against drinking.
This is something that makes
sense for him personally to try
and I hope it’s a good first 30 days.
(upbeat music)
– Okay! So today is day one.
I got off work and I definitely thought
about a routine of, do I
have beer at the house?
When am I gonna get it,
but it’s day one, man.
Sack up.
So I’m putting this on the fridge
so whenever I go to open this
bad boy and think about it
I have this, do not drink.
Don’t do it.
Ya big dumb idiot!
(woman laughs)
So I’m just now getting off work.
It’s midnight and normally I would go home
and have my drinks.
But tonight I’m gotta change up my routine
and I’m coming over to
Becky’s because nothing
helps being sober like having
a hot woman in your bed,
or her bed or whosever’s bed.
You get it.
(upbeat music)
Being around drunk people, some of them
are really annoying.
And other of my friends,
actually some of them
are pretty funny drunks.
And I don’t mind being around them.
So me and a buddy of
mine came to a bar today
and I’m drinking a water,
however the bartender is a friend.
And this is a…
That’s what I got.
(male laughs)
– I hope you’re hydrated.
– Asshole.
(techno music)
I found that I crave that feeling
of just popping something open
and having something to drink.
So I’ve tried several non-alcoholic beers.
We are doing the non-alcoholic taste test.
So the second one is Beck’s.
All right.
– All right.
– Cheers.
– Cheers.
It tastes like a light beer.
– But like weirdly sweet.
Not a fan of this one.
– [Narrator] No, okay.
– Not a fan.
Most of them are not good.
But I found one I like.
The O’Doul’s Amber.
– All right, cheers.
It tastes like beer.
– It tastes like beer, right?
– Yeah.
– Yeah, I could do that.
This is hitting on the
cravings pretty well.
Cheers to that.
(cymbals ring)
You know what’s great,
when you’re not drinking?
Waking up.
Waking up is great.
It doesn’t suck nearly as bad as it did.
I’m actually feeling pretty good.
I feel very focused.
I feel very clear.
It’s been really nice actually.
I’m annoyed.
(techno music)
– Last night was the first night
that we went out with a large group
of people with Corey not drinking.
And I could not believe what happened.
There was a point in the night
when a couple of the regulars at the bar
are asking him again and again.
Are you really not drinking?
And once he said, “yeah, no I’m not.”
They actually booed him.
– [Crowd] Boo.
(group laughs)
(loud bar noise)
– So I’m out at a bar, completely expected
some of my friends to be dicks,
and you know what?
Some of them really are dicks.
– They did not let it go
throughout the entire night.
– Boo.
– I really hope that this subsides.
(techno music)
So tonight Corey had this huge test.
A lot was resting on this stupid test.
I just got a call from him
that got me really worried.
So he briefly called me and said
that he failed the test
and that he may drink.
He doesn’t know.
And then I tried calling him back
and his phone was off.
– So I just got out of the test.
And I failed it.
I mean I bombed it.
I worked so hard.
And the last thing I want to do right now
is do this stupid fucking video.
Think about how I failed.
I just want to get beer.
I just want to go home and relax
and just fucking forget about this test.
I don’t know.
(gentle music)
– So I am very happy to
be doing this vlog today.
So last night after Corey and I talked
on the phone, one or two hours later,
he called me back.
He told me that when
he got home last night,
he was furious, and that he was so tempted
to drink, but instead he
threw on some gym clothes,
left the house and went
for this long, angry run.
(organ note plays)
– So I’m now just
getting back from my run.
And today was easily the hardest day
that I’ve had so far.
Every instinct in me was like, go home
and have a beer and
instead I went for a run.
Alcohol is a very short term solution
to what are very long term issues.
And today instead of having that beer
demonstrated how committed
I am to my future.
And for that, I feel really good.
(organ note plays)
One thing I’ve noticed a lot is my anxiety
is a lot better.
And I remember thinking
when I was drinking
that that would kind of calm me,
but what I noticed was
that the next morning
my anxiety rebounded kind of worse.
And so I’m noticing that my
levels are a lot more stable.
– I think that I’ve noticed
that you’re face is less red.
– I’ve noticed that too.
– Have you really?
– Okay, so I found something interesting.
I read that alcohol is dehydrating,
which causes inflammation
or enlarged blood vessels
in the face.
This is what causes redness from drinking.
And I notice that you
just get red a lot less.
– [Corey] Yeah.
So look at…
Holy shit.
Look at that.
Look at…
I’m glad I don’t look like a stop sign.
I think I looked a little dumb.
– You didn’t look like a stop sign.
– I did, I looked dumb.
– No you didn’t.
– Yeah, I did.
That one photo looks real dumb.
(light music)
All right so we’re three weeks in.
I’ve learned a few things.
One, I’m going to miss out on
some things from time to time.
And that’s just going to have to be okay.
Like, you know, there’s
gotta be a point in the night
where you just call it,
like some of my friends,
it’s like three beers.
Once they hit that three
beer mark, you don’t know
whether I’m here or not so
I’m just going to go home
but I’ve also learned
that most importantly,
I don’t have to be drinking
to have a good time.
I can still go out with my boys at a bar,
engage and still enjoy myself.
– [Recorder] So how you doing?
I’m killin’ it.
(loud bar noise)
I’m drinking a water
and not giving a shit.
– [Male] Not giving a shit.
(upbeat music)
– I had taken a photo of him
before we started this.
He had mentioned that he had wanted
to get in better shape
and so I took a before photo.
So we took that exact same,
or roughly same exact position photo.
And look at the difference.
– [Corey] It’s crazy.
In just four weeks of not drinking
and really the only working out.
– Okay, this is a man.
This just happened haphazardly.
– But I’m happy about it.
It’s been challenging
but it’s been really good in ways
that I didn’t even expect.
So my relationships have
gotten tremendously better.
Sex is more fun ’cause
I’m not like worried
about my gut.
I’ve definitely noticed
a confidence boost.
At school, I’m much more able to learn,
which I think is incredible.
But it was difficult to
break through the loop.
But once that happened,
the long term goals
became a lot more apparent.
I was able to not just think about,
okay what do I want physically,
but what do I want professionally.
What do I want five years down the road.
I could think much bigger scale.
(upbeat music)
– Yeah.
– 94, way to go.
– I’m the smartest man in the world.
– Amy, are you getting this?
– [Recorder] Yeah.
– Look at these grades, baby.
– [Recorder] Oh my.
– Steven Hawkin aint got shit.
– Okay.
– That guy can really fuck me.
95, 95 my baby’s a genius.
– Across the board I just feel
a lot more like me.
– Yeah.
– You know?
I’m just me.
(upbeat music)

100 thoughts on “My First 30 Days Sober

  • ✨Hey all This is by far one of the most personal & important videos I've ever made – So if this vid isn't for you, no worries….but if you do give it a watch & decide to comment…please consider showing my guy love & support. 💜 Becky
    ✨(Also sidebar, I have alopecia so I wear a wig, but I'm totally healthy and fine!)

  • Hay thanks for making this vid and congrats too! I found this video very inspiring and am giving it a go! Well done.

  • I'm on my fourth day without drinking alcohol and I feel already amazing and noticed that my stomach went down a little

  • All of our lifes arent this perfect, I have no apartment no girlfriend and no job.
    My life sucks that why im alcoholic

  • Thanks for sharing your journey!

    Especially Day 17: Mad props! Thanks for sharing your breakdown and vulnerability. Way to staying committed and shifting your “go to” to something healthier (running).

    Side note: your gf Becky is awesome and love the shaved head look. Rock it!

    I’m going on 3 months no alcohol from Being boarder line alcoholic

  • so he didnt go 30 days..he technically drank seeing as those non alcoholic beers have alcohol in them…a miniscule amount but, still alcohol

  • Lost friends when got sober and heartache because these people knew all my life. Being sober is half battle and simple praise for filming this.

  • Thank you for sharing this video. It was very encouraging and challenging me to do what you did. 👍

  • Brilliant video! I am 4 weeks sober and my skin is really great. I’m a guy and my self confidence has never been that good but giving up alcohol I feel better about myself as I look much healthier.

    Best of luck to those who try.

  • Good work man, I'm glad you stayed dedicated man, plus your girl was really supportive of your change. I wish you both much success. Your video has inspired me to do a 30 day challenge and maybe more. Wish me luck.

  • I don’t drink period. Two reasons, one… my medications make it dangerous and two… I have my family’s genes and we are violent drunks. I have drank before and woke up the next day realizing I did some bad things I didn’t even remember. That was 18 years ago. Also quit smoking around the same time, drinking and smoking seem to go together for some reason. Once I stopped drinking I started to hate smoking. Two birds down with one stone. Cheers!

  • Inspiring video, I have been drinking 2 – 3 bottles of wine for the past 20 years, I’m now 41 and today is my last day of drinking! Wish me luck…

  • Thank you for this video. I am starting this journey and this video made me happy. It gave me hope that I can do this.

  • Going too be 3 long years & even though I feel that there will always be that part of me that will never be the same it's okay because I know I'm going too be a better all around man. Alcohol is a poison that is so readily available & it not only damages your mind & body but also your soul. It will alienate you from the ones that love you the most & push them away… At least for me anyways. You can do this!

  • So much respect to you, its the hardest thing I've ever done is stopped drinking, over 9 months on and I'm still sober. As for the "friends" booing him for not drinking, that still amazes me how many people really aren't friends, but you only notice at times like this

  • I have PTSD and it sucks, when I go through these withdrawals it seems I just crave more coffee I don't even have an appetite.

  • Just completed 33 days without alcohol. I feel so good . I used to drink 7 large pegs (60 ml pegs) of rum every single day.
    Love you all… God bless

  • Great Video clip! Sorry for butting in, I would love your thoughts. Have you considered – Saankramer Life Card System (probably on Google)? It is a great one of a kind product for learning how to stop drinking minus the normal expense. Ive heard some incredible things about it and my good mate called Gray got excellent results with it.

  • Cheers for the Video clip! Forgive me for chiming in, I am interested in your opinion. Have you heard about – Saankramer Life Card System (erm, check it on google should be there)? It is an awesome exclusive product for learning how to stop drinking without the normal expense. Ive heard some decent things about it and my mate at last got excellent results with it.

  • So I’m at day ten. I’ve tried this a couple times. I always get to day 11, and break for some reason. Any tips?! I want to go a month so bad, let’s get to this damn two week mark though lol.

  • I love this video! I have just come out of a long term relationship and noticed the last couple of weeks slipping back into old drinking routine. Waking up this morning thinking that drinking is not fun anymore so had a look online for a 30 day no drinking video and this came up.
    It has inspired me to stop, i'm going to start with 30 days and see how things go. A massive well done to all of those on their own personal journey too!

  • Must be nice to plan out exactly when you are going to get sober and then actually do it.:) I'm not capable of that. By the grace of God sober 4 yrs now. God bless!

  • Why would you hang out at a bar if you're trying to stay away from alcohol? That's like going swimming when you don't want to get wet.

  • Nice video, I am watching this at 0:46 am with a red wine. I am actually very healthy but I though I might try this until end of August2019. Thanks for the motivation .

  • Something i've noticed after i started drinking less is that i actually like the taste of some drinks lile rum or certain beers. Years ago i drank just for the sake of it i was like all in but now i do enjoy every zip i take and hate being wasted. i know i won't stop drinking , what i know is that i don't drink because anxiety and that's good.

  • Awesome video! I’m almost 2 years sober and I just released a vlog of going out tasting heaps of mocktails and non-alcoholic beers if you’re interested!

  • You'll have to get another job…and sounds like some new friends….keep your girl though…shes pretty awesome..

  • Here I thought my drinking was bad, I drink a 6pack over a weekend. Than again a pack of cigarettes will last me 4 weeks. This guys sounds like he drank every other day.

  • Day 7 for me. I was always drinking as a lazy way to entertain myself. But anyways the one thing i notice so far is that I eat WAY less. Seriously. I struggle just to finish a double quater pounder from McDonald's. It's not that I'm starving myself but it's just that I now feel satisfied so easily, and I won't have to eat again for AT LEAST 4 hours. If not drinking makes me eat less, then shoot! Why not?

  • I cursed last night when I got home. I'm going home to this lonely ass place of mine and alcohol has been my man for years. No family that comes around and I no longer have my mother. I decided to stop dating and work on myself. Omg. I went home and read the bible. Took some kratom with warm milk and drifted off to sleep. I woke up to beautiful clear eyes. I feel very relaxed and I have lost some goodness this isn't easy but it feel AWESOME. I remember what I did last night lol 14 days sober…… Lord be with me😂

  • This is giving me inspiration because I'm an avid beer drinker and I'm trying to lose my beer belly Yeah this is showing me that it's actually possible in not very difficult at all Thank you for your post

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