At the end of February both me and James decided that we wanted to try and give up alcohol for a whole month. I wouldn’t say that we drunk to excess, we are both very much light weights and only ever drink two or three glasses of something at a time. The problem was that we felt it had just become to regular. I felt like I had become quite dependant on it and wanted to prove to myself that I could give it up if I wanted to. You can read more about it in this post.
So did I manage it?
I’m pleased to report that yes, I did manage to give up alcohol for an entire month! And I raised £119 for the National Autistic Society. You can still donate if you’d like to – just pop over to my Just Giving page. The National Autistic Society is an amazing charity that works hard to help improve the lives of people living with autism. So if you are able to donate no matter how little, it would be going to a very worthy cause.
How did I find it?
In the first week I found it really tough. A month sounds like an awfully long time and when you’re just so used to pouring a glass of wine in an evening it’s tough breaking that habit. About half way through the month I had a really bad day with the kids and I wasn’t raising as much money as I’d hoped to for the National Autistic Society and honestly I was ready to throw in the towel. But after a little pep talk from my lovely, supportive husband I stuck at it. We both know how disappointed I’d be if I gave up.
For the last couple of weeks it got much easier. I got used to having a cuppa in an evening instead of a glass of wine and really I wasn’t missing it that much. You really do just get used to it.
In terms of health benefits and changes in myself, I hoped to see a little weight loss, maybe an improvement in my skin and to feel more energised. Did that happen? Honestly, no it didn’t. I really didn’t notice any changes whatsoever. I did lose a couple of lbs during the month but I’m pretty certain that was due to a conscious effort to eat better and exercise more and less to do with the lack of alcohol. Maybe it’s just that a month isn’t long enough to see any real improvements, and maybe this wouldn’t be the case for everyone but that’s just how it was for me.
Will I go back to drinking?
Yes. I’m not going to beat around the bush, I had a glass of wine as soon as the month was over. But actually, I didn’t enjoy it that much. I think I’d built it up in my mind so much and I was so excited to finally be able to have a glass of wine again and it just wasn’t what I’d expected. I have drank since and don’t plan on giving up alcohol again any time soon. But what I have gained from this experience is that I know I’m not reliant on alcohol, I don’t NEED it like I thought I did. I think we have broken the habit now and will drink less often, which is exactly what we wanted to gain from this.
Have you ever given up alcohol for a month, or longer? I’d love to hear from you. How did you find it?
Thank you for reading.