There have been reports that the average drinker is drinking more in the lockdown caused by Coronavirus.
I’ve done the opposite.
In fact I went dry on January 5th as part of my annual ‘cleanse’.
As is my want I also began a diet and a new exercise regime that is based principally on walking 10,000 steps a day.
This year, for the first time, I also went vegetarian.
All four disciplines remain fully in effect.
101 days later I find myself 53 pounds lighter and feeling the benefit significantly.
I will report on this in a later post but, for now, I wanted to share with you and encourage you, if you’re thinking of taking the sober plunge, with my observation that not drinking through the lockdown is neither the end of the world, nor an unimaginable fate worse than dearth (pun intended).
One motivator for me in this is that I am self employed. All of my work has dried up and I am not receiving a penny of government support, despite trying to feed a family of five, all adults, and none of us earning a bean.
My son and my daughter’s boyfreind are both just back from travelling – one was too late to find work and the other was unceremoniously dumped the second things got tough – only a few days before the furlough ruling was approved.
My wife doesn’t work and my daughter is a student.
Luckily I have savings and, let’s be honest, our outgoings are significantly reduced (especially as I was able to negotiate a three month mortgage holiday).
So, not drinking (my wife doesn’t anyway) has meant the budget stretches a fair bit further and that could be a primary motivator for you if you find yourself yearning an alcohol-free life just now.
But is it purgatory?
No, I have to say, the good news is it’s not.
The benefits, aside from financial, are manifold and for some of you that get ‘the fear’ when overindulging – thankfully not something I have ever experienced – that could be the biggest one.
In past purges I have substituted with alcohol-free beer, but I think it’s a bad move. This time I took a conscious decision not to ‘substitute’ in this way and it lessens the sense that I am being punished.
My poison, instead, has been stove-top coffee (Illy Rosa is the king in my opinion) – caffeinated during the day and decaf in the evening.
Some other low calorie ‘treats’ you might like are frozen grapes. Truly a guilt-free option of an evening.
You’ll find a number of benefits
- weight loss – if you’re a fat bastard like me
- good levels of energy
- much better sleep
- excellent concentration – particularly helpful in the endless Zoom quizzes you may be, like me, taking part in.
- I think, generally speaking, better mental health all round
My advice would be to go ‘cold turkey’ rather than trying to wean yourself off. Get in a good supply of caffeine free diet coke and the aforementioned coffees, but I like to start with a hangover so that at least on day two you immediately feel better.
If you want any support along the way drop me a line. I’m happy to personally share my experiences.