Everything in my life is so much better without it and it’s such a joy to remember everything.
As a female in the Royal Navy during my late teens and early 20’s, my philosophy was work hard, play hard. Which meant drinking…a lot. Weeks or months at sea would mean time off was an excuse to let loose. I was always able to keep up, drink for drink, with my male colleagues and was celebrated for it.
Fast forward 20 years
My life wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t really good. I felt like I was treading water. I was moving from one unhappy relationship to another. I was in a job that I didn’t enjoy, struggling to make ends meet and had no real purpose or motivation.
In January 2020
I landed the job I’d always wanted. I decided I wasn’t going into another year the same way. I stopped eating meat, ended the pointless relationship, downsized my house and really upped my fitness. But still couldn’t shake the feeling of discontent. I was still sad in the evenings, lethargic and unmotivated. I knew there was one thing left to try. The thing that I’d been toying with for ages. The almost unthinkable. Someone at work had told me about OYNB so I knew I could sign up for a short period as a trial. 28 days just to see how it went.
It went well! My mood improved quickly, and I started sleeping well. A nagging pain in my lower back just disappeared. I started finding genuine happiness in something other than a bottle.
I am now on day 135 of the 365-day challenge
I can’t actually believe how little I miss alcohol in my life. I still do all the things that I enjoy but without the fear of dehydration and hangovers. My friends are happy to see that I’m still the life and soul of the party only now I don’t fall asleep or fall over.
The OYNB Facebook group has been a constant source of support and inspiration. I’ve found my tribe within this group of individuals. I also look forward every morning, to my daily email which offer the tools to make positive changes.
It was never my intention to stop drinking forever but I genuinely now believe I will never drink again. Alcohol has been responsible for some very poor decisions and many bruises. Everything in my life is so much better without it and it’s such a joy to remember everything. I recommend that anyone wanting to improve their life, tries it.
An entrepreneur and former senior oil broker, Ruari gave up drinking after excessive consumption almost cost him his marriage, and worse, his life. Going alcohol-free improved his relationships, career and energy levels, leading to him founding OYNB to provide a support network for others.