WHY IM A DRYATHLETE (AND ITS A GOOD THING)

14/01/2013

This month Im taking part in the Dryathlon. This involves not touching one drop of alcohol for the whole month of January, people sponsor you and you raise money for Cancer Research UK.

 

Ive had some people saying things like its not like doing a run thats not that hard etc. Ive even read an article by a TV doctor who wrote an article for a national newspaper claiming this was dangerous to do, and Im sure Cancer Research UK were thrilled with such support. So below Im listing the reasons why IM taking part, and why I think its 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 but for some reason you feel you have to! When you reach the age when you follow up a pint with a shot. of Gaviscon you know you cant 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 could be a good idea. So I suppose you can say it was personal reasons I wanted to lose weight and I wanted to curb my Antacid purchases; but then I thought well if Im going to do it, I may as well raise money for charity at the same time.


2. ITS ABOUT COMMITMENT

 

I admit, Im not running a marathon, Im not throwing myself out of a plane, Im not cycling to France giving up alcohol for a month requires no great physical effort or to face a fear 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 thing for me! Im not; I am a social-a-holic though. All my friends will tell you that Im always out - as a young single social guy who works in media, Im always catching up with mates, at work dos etc. and part of that usually involves having a drink in hand. Now this doesnt mean youre always out on a bender but you may have a glass of wine in hand, or over dinner as its a social accessory like a nice handbag to a girl! So that was always going to be the toughest thing for me, knowing whatever social event Ive got coming up in January, I will be without that accessory. Its not the not drinking thats the toughest thing its the decision you make to say whatever happens you wont and that my friends is commitment

     

      3. ITS EDUCATION

 

The article Im 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 which I totally agree with. However, anyone with half a brain will know that its not the Dryathlon thats the dangerous part; its 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 Ive realised I dont need a drink to have a good time and Im 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 cant tell you how good it is to wake up every morning as fresh as a daisy. I went to a friends 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 Im not going to wake up feeling like crap tomorrow. Also Ive had lots of nights in, saving money, and Ive managed to complete my viewing of The West Wing one of the best TV series EVER!!!

     

     5. THE MOST IMPORTANT POINT: ITS 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. Its 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 lets get some perspective - no, Im not trekking across the Great Wall of China or abseiling down Canary Wharf (to be honest Im not sure if thats 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 and whats wrong with that?

 

I would LOVE it if you could donate to my Dryathlon you can do so by visiting my official page here

 

Or you can text GAVI79 (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 friends leaving do last week, where FOUR of us were all on the wagon and found cranberry and soda in wine glasses looks like rose!