Feb 13 2014 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
MY DECISION to give up alcohol for January was not one I took lightly.
Derision from my co-workers, friends and family was the main reason I decided to take part in the challenge and I’m glad to tell you readers that I actually managed it – 31 days without a drop of alcohol.
Many people thought I wouldn’t be able to do it – myself included – but I proved my doubters wrong and survived.
There were many occasions when I could have slipped up, but armed with willpower and a new love for Becks Blue I got through the whole month.
My toughest test was a reunion weekend with some university friends. Usually the weekend would comprise copious amounts of wine and late nights out and I was worried how I would cope without alcohol.
The Saturday night proved to be the biggest challenge but it was probably one of the best nights out I’ve ever had. I was concerned I wouldn’t be as confident without my alcohol crutch but if anything I was more so.
I managed to have a brilliant time out with my friends and what’s more I remember every second of it – which is an extremely rare occurrence.
Dry January gave me the opportunity to assess why I consume alcohol and made me realise that I don’t need it to have an amazing time.
As an added bonus I also lost weight and my face became a lot less puffy and bloated.
However I did miss the actual taste of gin, wine and amaretto so I was glad when February 1 finally rolled round.
My first drink of 2014 was a very civilised one, a large glass of red wine in a beautiful restaurant and it was delightful.
Since then I’ve had a few glasses of wine and ameretto and Cokes but I am yet to be drunk in 2014.
I’ll probably be a bit merry at some point soon but I’ve realised alcohol isn’t the be-all and end-all and actually that being sober isn’t all that bad.