The health service is full of health initiatives, I should know – each new one brings a slew of patients worried about the recently highlighted health issue. There was Stop-tober (Stop Smoking) recently and this month Alcohol Concern is promoting Dry January and Cancer Reaserch is simultaneously running Dryathalon and using it as a fundraising opportunity.
So time for a tough question. Do you ever feel like you drink too much? I definitely drink less than I used to (in the Uni years for example!) but the festivities seem like a never ending marathon of drinks and overindulgence. When the party season isn’t in full swing it’s all too easy to unwind after a busy or stressful day at work by heading straight for the fridge and pouring a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc.
So until 25th of January (when we’re planning a weekend away for Pete’s birthday) and with the exception of next Saturday when I have an annual Black Tie event to attend, I’m staying off the hard stuff, the bubbly stuff, the lot. I know it’s not the whole month, but it’s what will work for me and a good start.
For me this is about health. Cutting out alcohol not only cuts out the calories it contains but hopefully is going to seriously help my will power when it comes to making healthier food choices. You see, put a drink in my hand and I suddenly lose all ability to make sensible choices when it comes to food. For me, a drink goes with nibbles, olives maybe or some bar snacks. Then I’m hungry, and I go for a burger or the cream sauce pasta instead of a healthier choice. That’s before I even get to the dessert menu.
So who’s with me? I’m hoping cutting out alcohol is going to make me feel fitter and brighter. No hangover at the weekend and a healthier start to the New Year. I’d love to hear what your attitude to alcohol is – have you ever given up the booze for a short period like this or wanted to do it? Let’s raise a glass (of tonic, hold the gin,) to Dry January.