June 8th 2016. Actually, alcoholics always set the first full day of not drinking as their sobriety date, but I stopped at 10 pm Central time on June 7th. I will never forget that night I polished off the sparkling wine I picked up on my last trip to Paris. It was a perfectly scheduled decision to stop drinking then as I knew the 3 bottles of wine would be out of my system just in time to blow in a breathalyzer for check-in to my residential treatment. I blew a 0. I congratulated myself for the gazillionth time for perfectly timing my alcoholism. I was good at it, if that is a thing. I call it "functional alcoholism." I refer to myself as a functional alcoholic because I have never been in legal trouble or fired from a workplace. But, my drug counselor informed me that functional alcoholism does not exist. Alcoholism is not functional. I spent 15 years not functioning. This is my new beginning.