According to the lovely livingsober.org,nz I have gone a whole 109 days without alcohol.
Dealing with stress is difficult and after giving up my crutch to in effect "ignoring" the problem, of course the problem or problems don't just go away.
Anxiety, sleep, depression are linked in a way that alcohol masks. The interim hours of sobriety between drinks just fills the void with guilt, self-loathing and a myriad of other problems. Behind all of that the anxiety, sleep, depression just sit in the background.
Sober now, it is the time to face these things and daily life. It is hard, It is sometime so uncomfortable that I want to climb out of my own skin. It has to be done though. Emotional maturity and wellness is achievable after addition. So many others have proved this to be so.
Work in progress