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My dry month

OK, I’m exaggerating, it’s not been quite a month, but I’ve just gone 28 days without a drop of alcohol.

Why did I do this?  I’m not a heavy drinker, but I do enjoy wine, and I do drink twice a week.  And on some occasions I drink quite a lot in one sitting.  Although I wasn’t overly worried about my health, I did start wondering whether I would feel different if I cut it out for a while.

Then at the end of August I went on holiday to France for a week and drank a LOT of wine.  So when I came back I was up for a break, and decided to see how long I could go without it.

And today is my 28th dry day.

Do I feel different?  In all honesty…not really!  I might have had slightly more energy in the gym, and I’ve had a productive month workwise, but I think that was due to lots of things coming to fruition rather than because I was feeling more focused.

Have I lost weight?  Not really, and since I’ve not been substituting juices or calorific drinks for the wine  (it’s been fizzy mineral water all the way) I’m quite surprised by this, although I accept that I don’t have a lot of weight to lose, and the purpose of my dry period wasn’t weight loss.

Do I look healthier?  I don’t think so, and I’ve not been showered with compliments.

So was it worth it?  Despite all of the above, yes I think it was, as it’s got to be good to give my body a rest from alcohol, particularly after my massively increased wine consumption in France.  And it’s nice to know I am not reliant on alcohol.

Will I do it again?  Probably not for a while!  It killed my social life and made me very boring – I’ve hardly been out in 28 days as I wanted to avoid temptation.   But I might have the odd dry week, perhaps after holidays, just because it’s got to be good for my body, even if my body didn’t show me any obvious evidence of that.

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