I’m giving up booze for 2017.
Oddly enough the scariest thing for me is how people are going to react to that statement. At this point I’m less worried that I won’t be able to have a nice glass of red with a steak (although to be honest that is also pretty scary).
I deliberately kept this challenge a secret, only talking to two people close to me. One was my husband who instantly answered ‘no way’ when I asked if he thought I could do it. Thanks mate. To be fair he’s known me for a long time, has supported me through many terrible hangovers and then watched me get straight back on the booze 😂 The other confident was more supportive and after talking it through admitted they also encouraged others to drink or on occasion got loads of rounds in so they could get a sneaky water without others knowing. Is it really that bad not to drink?
I love a drink and I am usually the first to try and persuade a non-drinker to join in the fun. I’ve called people boring on numerous occasions for not drinking and until recently I’ve never given it any thought.
So given that I love a drink and don’t have any physical reason to give it up why bother? Well aside from the monumental hangovers I get these days my main motivation is to see if I have the willpower. Social occasions typically mean alcohol. Sometimes I want to abstain but I rarely do and on the odd time I try, I’m easily talked round. Anyone who isn’t drinking and doesn’t have a valid excuse gets called boring… am I really dull unless I am drinking? I hope not.
I considered doing ‘Dry January’, it’s pretty common these days so there would be plenty of support. But it doesn’t seem like a challenge. Everyone is skint and it’s really easy to avoid going out during January, it’s cold, Christmas is over and it’s a fairly rubbish month perfect for hanging out on the sofa and doing nothing.
But a whole year? In theory it shouldn’t be that hard. I’ve got important birthdays and weddings to celebrate in 2017 which almost made me reconsider. The thought of celebrating without a cheeky glass of prosecco is really odd, but I’ve decided its OK, raising a glass of something non-boozy doesn’t mean I love my mates any less.
Having made the decision to do it I was lucky enough to go out in style. I’ve been in Vegas for the last 6 days having the most amazing time ….my liver is definitely ready for a break.
So here goes. Day 1 of 365 without booze. I’m not sure what is in store or how I will feel at the end of it but at the very least I’m going to improve my knowledge of mocktails 😉