One Month Off Booze

I’ve never really been one for new year’s resolutions. Unless you have picked up some really anti-social habits in the previous 12 months such as chain-smoking, chewing khat or compulsive public masturbation, then I can’t see the point in starting a new year with a new ‘you’. And why wait for January if you want to make a lifestyle change?

But times have changed. To prove that I’m a hypocrite open to new ideas, I’ve decided to start the new year (well, from the 3rd actually) with a self-imposed ban on alcohol. And I can assure you that it has nothing to do with my recent trip to a Muslim country, where booze was harder to come by and expensive. Neither is it due to a worry that I have a drink problem. I don’t. 

I have, in fact, thought carefully about my reasons for taking on this challenge, and they are (in no particular order of importance):

Health – clearly alcohol has no health benefits, except arguably for the occasional glass of red wine every so often. But then I’m more of a beer man myself, which means that I run the risk of, at least, an unsightly beer belly if I drink too much or, at worst, a multitude of health problems. Plus, I seem to have developed an allergy to beer. No kidding, fate has dealt me the cruellest of hands. I now suffer from nasal congestion and the worst hangovers, from drinking as little as four pints of beer. How has that happened?

Money – booze is becoming more expensive by the year. I now have to shell out more than £4 for a bottle of beer in some places. That’s less than a pint! So perhaps, I can protest in my own small way with a self-imposed prohibition, and register a micro-wave on the beer Richter Scale of the British Beer and Pub Association and, in the process, save myself a few quid.

Education – I am currently studying for exams so the denial of alcohol for one month makes perfect sense. Even if I only have a few drinks, they still disrupt sleeping patterns and induce a degree of lethargy the following day. All of which makes for a less productive day, which I can do well do without this month.

Willpower – I want to find out if I can socialise without the demon drink and actually enjoy myself, make intelligent conversation (because there’s a first time for everything) and feel at ease in such scenarios. I also want to discover if I have the mental strength to ignore the inevitable peer pressure to break the beer ban. And if I can, then there is no reason why I can’t take exercise more seriously and return to the four times per week routine of previous months.

Future lifestyle – let’s face, I’m not getting any younger. So, if this month-long booze deprivation is successful, then I see no reason why I can’t take on board what I’ve learned from my experience and use it to affect some permanent lifestyle changes. Although nothing too drastic. I couldn’t ever give up alcohol completely. Ugh… what a dreadful thought.

11 thoughts on “One Month Off Booze

  1. Well done, Look forward to reading your blog “my month without booze” on the 3rd February. 🙂

  2. I wish you the best of luck sir! I think it’s something I should contemplate because of all the reasons you have mentioned above.

    You never know at the end of the month you may be thinking a life without alcohol is not such as bad prospect.

    • Is it because February is the shortest month or that it starts with an ‘f’ which fits nicely with ‘feast’ for aliteration purposes?

  3. Best of luck to you. Not much of a drinker myself, but giving up food for a month might be a good idea.

  4. Hey there! It’s me! You checked out my blog and I’m checking out yours like I said! I love it! It’s pretty amazing I must say! I really love the theme too! This is sooo going on my blogroll!

  5. Best of luck with your studies. I’m sure you’ll pull through and graduate/finish.

    I enjoy white wine and some reds. Problem is that I’m allergic to alcoholic drinks and it only takes less than half a glass for me to become slightly drunk.

    There is an upside to all this:
    When you get older, drinking less alcohol…means less calories. So I’m not easily tempted unless I was to make a fool of myself, particularily at weddings and business functions. 🙂

    • Thanks. Your allergy sounds better than mine. Would much prefer to get drunk easily than have a blocked nose and nausea!

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