Last month I took on the challenge to have no alcohol for Sober October, in order to support MacMillan Cancer. Strangely, I found it fairly easy. There were no birthdays, weddings, etc which definitely helped lessen any temptation.
The only time I really wanted a drink was after a long stressful day at work and someone offered me a glass of red wine (my absolute fave!) But no, I stuck to water.
As well as the challenge of not drinking and raising money for a great cause, I was also interested to see if not drinking alcohol had any other benefits. I'm sorry to say that I saw none :-(
I haven't noticed my skin becoming clearer, my sleep getting better, my energy levels soaring, all the things people hark on about when giving up the booze. Perhaps I wasn't drinking enough beforehand to notice a difference?!
It has made me think about whether alcohol really does affect things as much as the media would have you believe. Obviously going on a massive binge every night will harm you and your body, but the occasional couple of drinks plus maybe one big night at the weekend (which is what I was having) might not make a huge difference to your skin, energy levels, etc.
One big thing that I have loved the past month is not having any hangovers. As I've got older my hangovers have got worse and the whole of the day after is a complete write-off. By not drinking I've found that I am a lot more productive, as I'm not wasting a full day lying on the sofa and feeling sorry for myself.
Overall it's been a good experience, a wonderful cause to raise money for, but I have to be honest and say that all the other things they say improve with no alcohol has not changed for me at all.