My first dalliance with alcohol was at the tender age of 13, when I drank a litre of cider at my friend’s big sister’s house party. I very quickly regretted it, when only an hour later, I was throwing up in her mother’s flower beds.
Since then alcohol has been my best and worst friend. I’ve had some of the most fun and wild nights, and met some amazing people. It’s brought me out of my shell, and into my element. Throughout university and travelling the world, alcohol was always a feature, but it only really took centre stage when I started living and working in London.
London life is great, so many friends, so many places to go, so many things to do. As my career has progressed, I’ve been required to attend networking events, conferences, team nights out and stressful late nights in the office – and all too often, these lead to alcohol and a hangover. In fact, I probably drink nearly every day. This means I don’t eat as healthily as I would like, I hardly exercise, I don’t have any hobbies and I feel fuzzy headed and frazzled most of the time.
The prospect of not drinking is quite daunting, partly because of the pressure those around me will put on me to drink, partly because, well, what on earth will I do if I am not propping up a bar somewhere? It’s so ingrained in my identity as well as in our society, and I will be trying to break the habit of a lifetime.
But then I wonder…what am I missing out on? What am I not achieving? Surely I am the same person deep down (if a little quieter and more withheld)? Surely I have more to offer as a person than just being tipsy or trollied all the time?
So….I am giving up alcohol, from today until the end of November at least – to see if I can, and to see what else I can achieve in that time. I’ve gone public on Facebook with this, so it will be harder for me to give in. I will be quaffing lots of lovely Botonique. Which has been created by one of my lovely clients – Hilary. She is running a campaign to ‘Save The Nation’s Liver’ as well as mine – so please help us by sharing this link.