So yesterday was the anniversary of my birth.
Normally, this day would herald a flurry of texts and emails with friends, a reservation being made for this weekend – bubbles, cocktails – the works. Not to mention the hangover.
But not this year.
This year, I have decided to set this particular excuse to get drunk aside and Go Sober For October, a challenge that does pretty much what is says on the tin.
Step away from the bottle of wine
Question: I don’t have a “problem” with alcohol, so why be such a kill-joy?
Answer: Well, in years gone by, I have been known to partake in the odd “dry January” and recently had many months off the sauce whilst pregnant. I felt great. Waking up on a Saturday without a hangover was SUCH a good feeling. I made so much more of my weekends.
Despite this, social drinking has crept back into my life again. It feels like there’s always a glass of wine here and there at lifestyle events, foodie dinners, mummy cocktails, the referendum….the list goes on!
Whilst I’m no longer partying at the weekends until 3am or hungover at work after Thursday night drinks, the units still all start to add up, my lowered tolerance levels these days leading to a fuzzy morning head even after just a couple.
Not a good feeling or look.
Of course, in Scotland, the dram is practically a part of our collective DNA. We use it to celebrate, commiserate, steady our nerves. It’s almost considered rude here not to be drinking when in a social setting – at the very least, persistent drivers are viewed with high suspicion.
Now, I enjoy a social drink like the next person. There’s nothing wrong with that!
What’s wrong then? Well, I feel bloated, sluggish and lacking in energy, my skin and hair lacks lustre and I’m just feeling heavy generally.
I’m a big believer in looking good equaling feeling good.
Ergo: I’m not feeling good.
My personal goal in Going Sober For October therefore is to blow away the cobwebs in the hope that I reinvigorate my mind, body and spirit.
Along with quitting alcohol, I intend to use October as a spring board into a holistic approach to health and well being generally.
I want to share this experience with you.
I want to see if giving up alcohol really will make a difference to my outlook, and if so how.
Instead of asking you for sponsorship like many other participants of Go Sober For October, I intend to make a donation to a local Scottish addiction charity at the end of this challenge.
I haven’t decided which one yet and so I would love to hear your suggestions.
Do you have any tips for me on avoiding the temptation to have a tipple? Perhaps you have a favourite mocktail recipe you could share?
Cheers! Here’s to a Sober October!