I DIDN’T start 2014 on the best note. After an amazing New Year’s Eve partying on the streets of London I woke up on January 1 more than a little bleary-eyed.
As my friends and I sat around eating bacon sandwiches and sipping water in an effort to alleviate our crippling hangovers I decided something had to change.
Along with most young adults I’ve always been partial to a few beverages and many a night has been spent down the pub.
Four years at Newcastle University also did little to halt my partying predilection but since leaving university the hangovers I used to shrug off to attend my 9am lectures have now started to stubbornly stick around, leaving me immobile most of the day.
When I first mentioned to my friends, family and work colleagues that I was thinking of taking up the ‘Dry January’ challenge they scoffed, telling me I’d never be able to do it.
So in an attempt to prove my doubters wrong I decided to give up all forms of alcohol for 31 whole days.
The beginning of the month has been admittedly much easier than I first anticipated, apart from a wobbly moment after a particularly stressful day at work which I eventually overcame.
Last weekend, however, was my first real test as I was reunited with my oldest friends down the pub.
They ordered pitchers, shots and pints to mark our reunion while I sat sipping my lemonade and, despite their threats to spike me while I nipped to the loo, I remained stone cold sober the whole evening and still had a brilliant night.
I’m not saying I’m planning on becoming teetotal but the challenge has definitely made me think more about my alcohol intake and the decisions I make.
ARE you doing ‘Dry January’?
Email sophie.mccoid @trinitymirror.com and let me know how you’re getting on, we can do it together!