Hardest part will be meeting friends for drinks – and ordering water
USUALLY on a Friday I go for a drink, or two, after work. A cool, refreshing glass of chardonnay, followed by perhaps another.
I'd probably have the same on Saturday, and maybe Sunday too.
But today is different. I'm taking part in the national initiative run by Alcohol Concern – the Dryathlon. This means no wine at the pub tonight. It is a strange thought.
My university social life was spent populating the bars and nightclubs of Nottingham, cementing my taste for wine, which went hand in hand with having a good time.
However, I wouldn't say I drink in excess because of those drinking experiences at university. Since starting work I don't go out drinking during the week and instead will have a glass of wine with dinner at home. But I do enjoy a bottle of wine or two each weekend, which is when the Dryathlon will hit me hardest.
The difficult part will be meeting friends on a Saturday evening and ordering a sparkling water.
My motivation for my wine fast is the calories, or lack thereof. Every glass of wine contains at least 150. At the end of this month I will have removed thousands of empty calories from my diet and hopefully will feel more energetic as a result.