Iíve had some people saying things like Ďitís not like doing a runí Ďthatís not that hardí etc. Iíve even read an article by a TV doctor who wrote an article for a national newspaper claiming this was dangerous to do, and Iím sure Cancer Research UK were thrilled with such support. So below Iím listing the reasons why IíM taking part, and why I think itís a GOOD thing.
1. I WAS GOING TO DO IT ANYWAY
Over December I felt the toll of indulgence and by the time New Years Eve came, the thought of having more alcohol just made me feel sick Ė but for some reason you feel you have to! When you reach the age when you follow up a pint with a shotÖ. of Gaviscon Ė you know you canít drink as much as you used to! I do go out a lot, drinking goes with that and I was getting fed up with it. My mate Scott Hughes said he was doing the Dryathlon, so I thought Ė could be a good idea. So I suppose you can say it was personal reasons Ė I wanted to lose weight and I wanted to curb my Antacid purchases; but then I thought well if Iím going to do it, I may as well raise money for charity at the same time.
2. ITíS ABOUT COMMITMENT
I admit, Iím not running a marathon, Iím not throwing myself out of a plane, Iím not cycling to France Ė giving up alcohol for a month requires no great physical effort or to face a fear Ė but it does require you to make a decision and stick to it, the same as any of the above do. I had one friend accuse me of being an alcoholic if it was that much of a Ďthingí for me! Iím not; I am a social-a-holic though. All my friends will tell you that Iím always out - as a young single social guy who works in media, Iím always catching up with mates, at work dos etc. Ė and part of that usually involves having a drink in hand. Now this doesnít mean youíre always out on a Ďbenderí but you may have a glass of wine in hand, or over dinner Ė as itís a social accessory Ė like a nice handbag to a girl! So that was always going to be the toughest thing for me, knowing whatever social event Iíve got coming up in January, I will be without that accessory. Itís not the not drinking thatís the toughest thing Ė itís the decision you make to say whatever happens you wonít and that my friends is commitment
3. ITíS EDUCATION
The article Iím alluding to at the top is written by Dr Christian Jessen for the Daily Mail (of course!) where he lays out a case that giving up booze for a month is dangerous, because your liver needs regular intervals to recuperate not just a month and if you then hit the bottle again in February big time, you would have done no good Ė which I totally agree with. However, anyone with half a brain will know that itís not the Dryathlon thatís the dangerous part; itís the binge drinking part of that. If you can take the 31 days to have a break and most importantly a think about your behaviour it can help you change. I know it has for me and Iíve realised I donít need a drink to have a good time and Iím committed in February onwards to have just a couple of nights a week avec booze.
4. THE BEST HANGOVER CURE
The older you get, the worse hangovers become and I canít tell you how good it is to wake up every morning as fresh as a daisy. I went to a friendís 30th on Saturday night, which being a Dryathlete was my Super Saturday I suppose. This means I had to fulfil the role of Mini Cab driver at the end of the evening, (well a bit like a Mini Cab driver, but without the car smelling of cheap leather and Magic Tree) and whilst I was dropping everyone off and they were either falling asleep, talking absolute rubbish, singing All I Want For Christmas Is You (IN JANUARY!!) or asking me to pull over so they can be sick; I did think Ė Iím not going to wake up feeling like crap tomorrow. Also Iíve had lots of nights in, saving money, and Iíve managed to complete my viewing of The West Wing Ė one of the best TV series EVER!!!
5. THE MOST IMPORTANT POINT: ITíS FOR CHARITY!!
I bet you all know someone who has been diagnosed with Cancer; I would even be so bold to bet you may have known of someone who has lost their life to it. Itís an evil disease and our world would be a much better place without it. Cancer Research has come on leaps and bounds all funded through donations from Cancer Research UK.
So letís get some perspective - no, Iím not trekking across the Great Wall of China or abseiling down Canary Wharf (to be honest Iím not sure if thatís even possible) but what I am doing is creating a way to raise money for a cause whose aim is to rid our world of a deadly killer Ė and whatís wrong with that?
I would LOVE it if you could donate to my Dryathlon Ė you can do so by visiting my official page here
Or you can text ĎGAVI79 (space) £(then how much you want to donate 1-10) to 70070.
Read more about the Dryathlon here
And about the amazing work Cancer Research UK do here
At a friendís leaving do last week, where FOUR of us were all on the wagon and found cranberry and soda in wine glasses looks like rose!