Andy Boyle was your average guy. He loved beer. He loved whiskey. He loved to drink to excess no matter the day of the week. Nevertheless, he held down a job with the NCB News Breaking News team as a web developer. The job required a lot of long hours and would sometimes drive him to the bar when he was done. However, he decided that he was going to quit drinking and see where life took him – and now he’s so glad that he took the plunge and got on the bandwagon.
Besides his work as a web developer. Andy Boyle also worked as a writer and stand-up comedian. He spent a lot of times in local bars, fueling himself with alcohol and beer. After his final night at a popular Chicago comedy venue, he decided it was time to quit drinking for a while. He realized that alcohol was causing him to gain a lot of weight. It was also ruining his productivity and making him lack confidence.
Andy shared his insights with TODAY and published his thoughts on their website. Here’s what he wrote:
“Here’s a short list of what I’ve accomplished since I stopped drinking:
- Lost 75 pounds.
- Bought an amazing loft condo.
- Finished a first draft of an advice book.
- Started exercising three days a week, then four.
- Went from a size XXL to size Large.
- Performed in three comedy festivals.
- Got an amazing new job.
- Finished multiple drafts of multiple television and movie scripts.
- Went from a 42-inch waist to a 36-inch waist.
- Went from hating myself daily to relatively enjoying myself.”
While all of that is great, it’s not exactly just because he quit drinking. It also helped that he matured and had two years to work on making all that happen. But losing the weight certainly was instrumental in it.
He also wants people to know that they don’t need alcohol charging through their bloodstream to have a fun time.
“As someone who’s been drinking since senior year of high school (sorry, Mom, we weren’t just “hanging out” in the basement), most events in my life revolved around booze,” he wrote for TODAY. “Almost everything does Comedy shows, concerts, after-work functions, meetups, dates, conferences, dinner, museum tours. But guess what? The events don’t change if you decide not to drink!”
“You’re still you. Maybe you’re more “inhibited,” but is that altogether terrible? I’ve found that when I hang out with folks who have been drinking, I start to feel the same way I felt — in terms of becoming silly, goofy, fun — when I was drinking too. And I remember everything that happened during the events, which is always nice.”
A few other lessons that he wants other people to realize are that you may have fewer regrets if you quit drinking and people will judge you.
He claims you will also sleep better and get less sad.
“I don’t know if I have depression, but I used to get bummed out a lot. There were days when I wouldn’t want to leave my apartment, or see anyone, mostly because I hated myself. I don’t hate myself nearly as much as I used to. I’m generally OK with my life and who I am. Positivity is now my go-to emotion, even when something bad or terrible happens to me. It’s like I flipped this switch inside my brain: Instead of going to negativity, I try to find the reason something is positive. It’s definitely weird to have this happen to me.”