“I have loved the support I have received throughout this challenge and I do not think I would have made it this far if I hadn’t joined.”
I was a regular drinker, averaging about 20 units a week. I liked a gin and tonic while I was cooking and drinks with my friends at the weekend. My close friend died in August last year and I reacted by having a month-long bender. I realised that the alcohol wasn’t helping my grief or my relationship with my children. I often experienced the guilt you get with a hangover as well as reduced patience and tolerance for people.
Starting my OYNB challenge
The benefits I have experienced
I’ve loved the sleep! It’s amazing. To fall asleep naturally, sleep well and then wake up in the morning fresh faced and raring to go. I had my over 40 health check recently and because I don’t drink my risk of heart disease is <1!
I have loved the OYNB Challengers Facebook group, I didn’t necessarily ‘actively’ engage but I loved the support that other members gave each other. It helped to know I wasn’t on my own.
I can now say that I don’t drink alcohol. What I’ve enjoyed the most is how much more engaged I am with life. I’m not waiting for 5pm so I can have a gin, there’s no ‘Mummy drinks wine’ culture in the house. I find I have more patience and a greater tolerance, not just with my family but in general. When I go out, I don’t need the drink to keep me going – I’m often the last one out at night but the first up in the morning. I actually enjoy nights out more now!
I have loved the support I have received throughout this challenge and I do not think I would have made it this far if I hadn’t joined. I’d recommend it to anyone.
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.