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One Year No Beer Podcast Episode 10 – with Matthew Ollerton

Not everyone is cut out for the military, but today’s guest shows that you can reach your goals – whatever they may be – faster and easier when you choose to go alcohol free.

In this episode, One Year No Beer Co-Founder Ruari Fairbairns welcomes Matthew ‘Ollie' Ollerton, former UK Special Forces operative and one of the instructors from Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins.  

Ollie joined the Royal Marine Commandos at 18 and served in Northern Ireland and Iraq. In 1994 Ollie completed SAS selection and joined the Special Boat Service (SBS) where he served globally on operations.

During his six years in the SBS he undertook a number of high profile missions in a variety of locations both on land and sea. Ollie’s missions included hostage rescue, counter narcotics, counter terrorism, homeland security, counter insurgency operations and humanitarian efforts.

Once Ollie got back to the UK after 13 years overseas, he wanted to find a way to allow his training and experience to benefit others. He started with bringing UK Special Forces members to the forefront with the Channel 4 series SAS: Who Dares Wins. SAS: Who Dares Wins, was based on Special Forces Selection and sees 30 civilians go through an eight day selection process taken from elements of the real Special Forces Selection.

He then began Break-point, which provides leadership and development courses to the public and corporate sector alongside veterans suffering the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Deciding to Go Alcohol Free

Though Ollie felt like he had a “normal” relationship with alcohol, he stitcher_buttonrealized that as he ages it takes him longer to recover from bouts of drinking. While filming the second season of SAS: Who Dares Wins, he decided to “take seven weeks off drinking, get some clarity and deliver my best.” At the end of that period, he made a decision to continue to be alcohol free. “I just felt so good – there was so much itunes-buttonclarity in my mind, and I didn’t want to ruin it with drink.”

Ollie acknowledges that so many people – particularly veterans – suffer from mental illness and are compounding the disastrous effects of the disease with alcohol. “If they took that away – as I did – they would get to the raw nerve and be able to deal with it.”

“My life has changed massively since I stopped drinking,” Ollie says. “All my training, all my positivity – has just got so much more intense. I’m doing everything I want to do – and more!”

Relationship with OYNB

Ollie has recently joined OneYearNoBeer in the fight to make alcohol free cool, after taking on the 90 day challenge which completely changed his life.  He is passionate about getting others to realise the benefits of going for a longer stint without alcohol.

Now after more than 200 days alcohol free, he’s going to help change lives as the OYNB Celebrity Ambassador.

Ollie argues, “If everyone understood how much fun you actually have being the fly on the wall” as a non-drinker, more people would choose to be alcohol free in social settings. “You do shed some friends, but you’ve got to address what kind of friends they were if they don’t have a place in your world without alcohol.”

Listen to this podcast as Ollie shares his story and his motivations for living alcohol free.


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