Today is Day 88. I am in my late 50's now. As we age, we have less water in our bodies and alcohol affects us more. Also, I have hot flashes. When I drink more than one glass of wine (and I never understood the point of one glass), my hot flashes get worse. I wake up in the night. But that's not the real reason why I quit. I quit because I saw that I was drinking to self-medicate and self-soothe. I was going through a hard time (moving in with my new SO and all the rough patches that come with that), and I was drinking to escape. It didn't help that my SO keeps cases of wine in the house, so I could easily start drinking before he got home. You know the story....not pretty at all. I am staying sober for MYSELF. I am staying sober because it is a beautiful wonderful thing! It is the next beautiful step in my life. Last July, I started a mindful yoga practice every morning. Stopping drinking is just another step in my journey towards a fuller, more authentic life.