30 Days Without Alcohol, Caffeine and Porn: Here’s What Happened

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For the month of July I decided to take my self-development journey to the next level. Originally, the plan was just to implement Victor Pride’s 30 Days of Discipline. But after reading about Roosh’s experience with a month of purity, I decided to craft my own challenge.

So for (roughly) the month of July I abstained from alcohol, caffeine and porn.

Why These Three “Habits”?

Well, for one, they were part of the ‘banned substances’ in the purity challenge. Moreover, I occasionally imbibe in all three, so I wanted to take a month off to test my discipline and also see what effects it would have on my mind and body.

For alcohol, I really only have a few drinks a month. I haven’t hit the clubs and bars in a while, so no alcohol wouldn’t be much of a challenge.

The same case with caffeine. I don’t really drink a ton of coffee, but do enjoy it along with green tea.

And for porn, well I am not a regular user by any means, but use it occasionally.

While I am not a heavy user or addict these three ‘vices’, I would push them out of the way.

And since its already been 30 days the results are in…

Mission Accomplished–With Ease!

I had virtually no problem abstaining from these for a month.

Temptation occasionally crept in, in the form of wanting a nice, warm cup of coffee. Or to watch some porn while being alone on a summer night. Yet, I still abstained.

Was It Worth It?

It depends.

Was it worth it in terms of bettering my mind and body? No.

With my low consumption of these things to begin with, using them in moderation would not at all harm me. In fact, socially I may miss out on not drinking. And my energy levels would be higher with caffeine when used strategically. Sure, I’ve been hungover and had those nights where I drank too much, but that was years ago.

If learning about how my body reacts to these substances and what I am capable of doing in terms of giving up habits, then yes it was worth it. Moreover, now I know I can go without these things for a month and be fine.

Overall, the latter point is more compelling, so I am happy I went through with this program.

Back to Normal–Almost

I’ve already broken two out of the three habits I was abstaining from in July.

I went to Happy Hour with co-workers last Thursday. I had two mixed drinks. I enjoyed myself a lot and the slight buzz makes things more fun, no doubt.

As for caffeine, I enjoyed some coffee this weekend. It was great.

Why then, should I deprive myself of these enjoyable things?

Like most things in life, there is a happy medium in all of this. Drinking a ton of coffee every day is going to have a negative effect on your health and energy levels.

The same goes with alcohol, but to a much larger extent.

As for porn, it can mess with the mind and libido big time.

But if we indulge in these things occasionally, and are conscious of our actions and their repercussions, I see no issues here.

In fact, hardcore rigor and abstinence is troublesome. Repressing our urges can often lead to us seeking pleasure elsewhere, or to find ways to release these emotions that can often be harmful.

I was honestly hoping to come out of this wanting to abstain from these things for good, but I just can’t find a compelling reason to do so.

Porn is probably the only one I will be wary of going back to. My morning wood was solid this morning (Too much information??) and I haven’t had any weird fetishes creeping in–just plain old wanting to bang girls with big tits and asses, as it should be.

Try It For Yourself

I have really good discipline to begin with. I suspect others might have more problems, particularly if they are addicted to one or more of the above substances.

If someone faps to porn everyday, quitting cold turkey is not too likely. Taking things one step at a time is a much more pragmatic approach.

Moreover, you may want to add or get rid of the aforementioned habits. Maybe you hate alcohol, but smoke a lot of weed. Or you don’t ever watch porn, but find yourself watching Netflix every night.

Essentially: If you do something every day that is not necessary for your well-being and survival (i.e. Work, fitness, eating etc.) then you need to reconsider why and how often you should do it.

I really implore you to give this a go. It will challenge you mentally and physically, and also teach you a lot about what you’re capable of.

P.S. The best way to get started on this challenge is to get 30 Days of Discipline by Victor Pride. The premiere bootcamp for guys looking to finally grab life by the balls and start accomplishing their goals.
  • Interesting challenge. I’ve done a similar challenge and agree that you learn how your body reacts with certain substances. Like you I don’t drink much alcohol. As for coffee I drink it most days but take off on the weekend unless I’ve got a lot of writing to do.

    I also recommend your readers try out things such as 30 Days of Discipline. It’s a great start before going down your own path.

    Good article Seth.

    • Seth Rose

      Hey, thanks Dylan. Seeing how my body reacts to these substances was a huge benefit!