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Choose your JUICE!

One day in October 2011, I quit drinking alcohol. I quit after the worst hangover E-VER.

The day before this hangover, I had a great party, and drank some beer. I didn’t drink too much, but my hangover on Sunday was terrible. My headache was so painful, and I couldn’t get out of bed.

Joey as ugly duck at Fairy tail Party

Joey as ugly duck at Fairy tail Party @ the 29th of October

I realized I did not want that feeling anymore.

It’s not that I drank every day. I only drank when I went out. I think the amount of alcohol was sometimes too much. And I think getting older is also not helping…

A lot of people ask me why I do not drink anymore. Some think it’s really brave of me, some do not understand. You don’t have to. It’s my own choice.

I didn’t have to quit drinking, but at that moment I thought it was the best.

After 307 days I have to say it’s hard not to drink. It’s not that I miss it, but everywhere you go it’s all about alcohol. When you visit a friend, when you go out, when there’s a celebration, when you’re having dinner, with holidays like New year’s Eve, and so on.

Everybody seems to be into alcohol, everybody’s offering you a glass. Here in the Netherlands it’s so normal to drink that it’s rare when you’re not drinking. Strange world.

I know I can try to drink one or two glasses, but I can’t. When I drink, I want more. And after more alcohol, I might get a hangover. And I don’t want that feeling anymore.

I want to live healthy, and I want to have control over my body. I want to prove myself I can do this.

So I choose not to drink alcohol anymore. Just to see how it feels, and if I could do this. And it feels awesome!

I try to change my life, and not drinking alcohol was one of my goals. If I could do this, I could change my life a bit more. Quiting alcohol was step one. Trying to get in shape was step two. I’m going to write about my fitness experience the next time.

Next step: the perfect body!

Next step: the perfect body!

What I’ve also changed is my thought about alcoholism. I’ve always been surrounded by alcoholics, and I always had one thought. Just stop. Just stop drinking. How hard can it be?

Well, now I know. It’s hard. If it’s hard for somebody’s who isn’t an alcoholic, how would it feels like for an alcoholic? I stop being prejudiced. I stop being like everybody else. I want to be different.

I’m not saying I am never going drink again. But I hope I’m strong enough not to go back in time.

So… what I’m still looking for are some new healthy juices I can drink when I go out!

My favorite right now is cranberry juice. Very refreshing, and it tastes great!

At home you can make your own juices (see all the healthy juices here on Organice Your Life), but going out it’s so hard to find some fine non-alcoholic healthy juices! Isn’t it?


Fruit Juice by Joey

Fruit Juice by Joey

My favorite juice (or smoothie, whatever you call it) @ home: fresh strawberries, 1 banana, coconut water, pinapple juice. Just put in in a blender and mix it!

So I wanna hear what your favorite non-alchol drinks are! What do you prefer?

Can’t wait to hear from you: surprise me!




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7 Responses to Choose your JUICE!

  1. nele90 September 2, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    And here I was thinking I might be the only one not drinking without actually living in a convent or being a recovering alcoholic, haha. Ive never really been ‘into alcohol’, hence avoiding hangovers wasn’t my first motivation but I just really don’t like the feeling of being alcoholised.
    I live in Berlin, obviously a city with a lot of nightlife so I know exactly what you mean when you say that it’s always about alcohol and it seems there is no way of going out without getting drunk or at least tipsy.
    But again just like you, I am happy with the choice Ive made, since its about my body, my advantages in terms of health and well-being and seeing other people getting wasted I certainly don’t miss anything at all.

    • Joey September 4, 2012 at 7:55 am #

      Hi Nele, thank you for your comment! I know what you mean about Berlin, the city with an awesome nightlife! Two years ago I went to Berghain: great location, people & music. I was drinking that night, so I really want to experience Berlin without alcohol. Hope to visit the beautiful city as soon as possible!

  2. christophe September 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    Hi Joey,
    Thank you very much for your article and for your honesty.
    Like you, this happened to me too drunk at a party, and the next morning, I had the impression of having a jackhammer in my head, but I find it pathetic.
    For cons, I have a small cellar at home, I’m French and I like from time to time (Sunday lunch) drink a good glass of wine (French or Italian).
    I think the wine is not unhealthy if you drink occasionally and in small quantities. (Jeanne Calment, the oldest of humanity occasionally drank a glass of wine).
    The pratice of sports, the healthy food, and a good state of mind are for me the keys to have a great shape.
    I will not surprise you but my favorite smoothie is:
    – 1 kiwi, 1 orange, 1 apple, 10 cl skimmed milk ( may be it’s better with almond milk) 1 teaspoon of honey and a few ice cubes. (It is a good smoothie, very quick and easy to make ).
    Obviously, Oyl team presents us excellent smoothies that I regulary made.

    • Joey September 4, 2012 at 8:14 am #

      Bonjour Christophe, thank you for sharing your favorite smoothie! It looks tasty, so I’m really gonna make it! I know that a good glass of wine is not bad for your health (if you drink in small quantities), and I know there are a lot of gorgoues wines! If I ever gonna drink again, I want to be able to enjoy the taste and aroma of the wine. Two years ago I took a wine course, but I never used my knowledge. I always drank too much, without enjoying it in the way you should ;-)

  3. Rachel_Thomps September 3, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    thanks so much for sharing your story……and your reasoning….i have had several friends that have quit drinking for healthy lifestyle reasons and they are losing weight and feeling great!

    this website is so informational and inspirational……i cannot wait to hear more from you!

    i find that all my smoothies taste different…im always experimenting……i love adding blueberries and mangoes to my smoothies……and i finally tried a pear in mine… was good! i am beginning to make green smoothies too! i use organic juices and also cheat with simple smoothie juices that are all natural.



  4. Joey September 4, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    Hello Rachel! Good to hear you’re experimenting with different tastes! Hope you’re get inspired by all the Organice Your Life smoothies, and organic juices! X

  5. Maruja September 13, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    Love your post Joe!!!

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