***Note to "friends", next time one of your friends says they are taking a break from drinking, just say, "Good for you" even an"I'm proud of you" wouldn't be too far out of line.. It takes a lot of gumption to confront this problem and a very real fear is that you'll lose all your friends. Believe me, your non-drinking friend has been contemplating and worrying about this moment for months, maybe years. This is your time to shine and show that you really are a friend.
****I need to give credit to the original article, "Ten Reasons To Consider a Sabbatical" . I was amazed how many of their points applied to taking an extended break from drinking. I want to give them credit for their stellar writing, I only tweaked a few things to make it more applicable to our circumstances.