I'm going alcohol free for a month

Essex County Standard: I'm going alcohol free for a month I'm going alcohol free for a month

SARAH Bays admits she likes a glass of red wine every night. That’s why she’s taking on the Dry January challenge.

Essex County Council is urging people to kick off 2014 in a healthy style. It is joining Alcohol Concern’s campaign urging residents to stay alcohol- free.

Mrs Bays, 45, of Hall Road, in Tiptree, is not just going teetotal for her health, she is raising money for Cancer Research UK.

She said: “I’m a serious lover of wine, and know the quantity I was consuming was rather unhealthy.

“I was looking for something like this and it’s an added bonus it’s being run with Cancer Research UK.

“When you’re being sponsored to do something, it makes it more likely you’ll do it, so I’m determined.

“Most of my friends and family have been supportive. I dare say some don’t think I’ll do it, but I’m sure I will.”

Mrs Bays began her sponsored dryathlon at midnight on New Year’s Day. But it wasn’t as difficult as she thought.

She said: “My husband hasn’t been well, so I had no trouble stopping my wine at midnight, given I was actually in bed from 10pm.”

“I am happy to be starting the year healthier, hoping to lose some weight and get into the habit of drinking less in 2014 and beyond.

“But that's not to say I’m not looking forward to a glass of wine on February 1.”

Ann Naylor, county councillor for health and wellbeing, said: “Most people like to indulge in a tipple or two at Christmas and New Year, so January is the perfect time to recharge and make a fresh and healthy start to the year ahead.

“If you can take a break from alcohol, you could lose a little weight, have nicer skin, feel more energised and save money at the same time.”

To find out more, or to sign up, visit dryjanuary.org.uk More information can also be found at facebook.com/DryJanuary or by following @dryjanuary on Twitter.

To sponsor Mrs Bays, visit justgiving.com/sarah-baysdryathlete

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11:23am Sat 11 Jan 14

suzyn says...

Anyone who really thinks giving up alcohol ( ever for charity ) will somehow make them drink less thereafter, is destined to fail.
Never heard of a responsible & moderate heroin addict or a smoker honestly smoke less after attempting to quit!
If anything it makes them smoke more, drink more & inject more!
Better to give up alcohol for good.
Being teetotal improves long term health.
3 rules for a happy & healthy life.
Don't smoke, don't touch alcohol & don't overeat.
If everyone did that the NHS would become cost effective over night, only treating those who are ill through no fault of their own.
Anyone who really thinks giving up alcohol ( ever for charity ) will somehow make them drink less thereafter, is destined to fail. Never heard of a responsible & moderate heroin addict or a smoker honestly smoke less after attempting to quit! If anything it makes them smoke more, drink more & inject more! Better to give up alcohol for good. Being teetotal improves long term health. 3 rules for a happy & healthy life. Don't smoke, don't touch alcohol & don't overeat. If everyone did that the NHS would become cost effective over night, only treating those who are ill through no fault of their own. suzyn

2:08pm Sat 11 Jan 14

dangermouse123 says...

be vigilant
be vigilant dangermouse123

6:08pm Sat 11 Jan 14

mirokou says...

suzyn wrote:
Anyone who really thinks giving up alcohol ( ever for charity ) will somehow make them drink less thereafter, is destined to fail.
Never heard of a responsible & moderate heroin addict or a smoker honestly smoke less after attempting to quit!
If anything it makes them smoke more, drink more & inject more!
Better to give up alcohol for good.
Being teetotal improves long term health.
3 rules for a happy & healthy life.
Don't smoke, don't touch alcohol & don't overeat.
If everyone did that the NHS would become cost effective over night, only treating those who are ill through no fault of their own.
Hmmm…Bet parties are fun at your house under the 3 rules….
Sorry ! Treat only those who are ill through no fault of their own! Do you live your whole life in cotton wool and a sealed room..
So no one should partake in any sporting activity or push themselves into the extreme having only themselves to blame for doing silly activities and being injured. Lay there and die , you didn't live by 3 rules.



…. You're dead a lot longer than alive … live life to the full and make a difference
[quote][p][bold]suzyn[/bold] wrote: Anyone who really thinks giving up alcohol ( ever for charity ) will somehow make them drink less thereafter, is destined to fail. Never heard of a responsible & moderate heroin addict or a smoker honestly smoke less after attempting to quit! If anything it makes them smoke more, drink more & inject more! Better to give up alcohol for good. Being teetotal improves long term health. 3 rules for a happy & healthy life. Don't smoke, don't touch alcohol & don't overeat. If everyone did that the NHS would become cost effective over night, only treating those who are ill through no fault of their own.[/p][/quote]Hmmm…Bet parties are fun at your house under the 3 rules…. Sorry ! Treat only those who are ill through no fault of their own! Do you live your whole life in cotton wool and a sealed room.. So no one should partake in any sporting activity or push themselves into the extreme having only themselves to blame for doing silly activities and being injured. Lay there and die , you didn't live by 3 rules. …. You're dead a lot longer than alive … live life to the full and make a difference mirokou

10:33am Sun 12 Jan 14

wormshero says...

suzyn wrote:
Anyone who really thinks giving up alcohol ( ever for charity ) will somehow make them drink less thereafter, is destined to fail.
Never heard of a responsible & moderate heroin addict or a smoker honestly smoke less after attempting to quit!
If anything it makes them smoke more, drink more & inject more!
Better to give up alcohol for good.
Being teetotal improves long term health.
3 rules for a happy & healthy life.
Don't smoke, don't touch alcohol & don't overeat.
If everyone did that the NHS would become cost effective over night, only treating those who are ill through no fault of their own.
I hate to be a cynic but if everyone stopped smoking/drinking/etc the tax revenue generated would drop massively and we'd likely need budget cuts to the NHS. People just need to learn moderation to all things that damage them. Taking the fun out of life is pointless as we're all going to die eventually anyway.
[quote][p][bold]suzyn[/bold] wrote: Anyone who really thinks giving up alcohol ( ever for charity ) will somehow make them drink less thereafter, is destined to fail. Never heard of a responsible & moderate heroin addict or a smoker honestly smoke less after attempting to quit! If anything it makes them smoke more, drink more & inject more! Better to give up alcohol for good. Being teetotal improves long term health. 3 rules for a happy & healthy life. Don't smoke, don't touch alcohol & don't overeat. If everyone did that the NHS would become cost effective over night, only treating those who are ill through no fault of their own.[/p][/quote]I hate to be a cynic but if everyone stopped smoking/drinking/etc the tax revenue generated would drop massively and we'd likely need budget cuts to the NHS. People just need to learn moderation to all things that damage them. Taking the fun out of life is pointless as we're all going to die eventually anyway. wormshero

12:55pm Sun 12 Jan 14

suzyn says...

The NHS will save NOT lose money.
Since it won't be treating tobacco/alcohol/food addicts!

Parties are fine at my house.
No depressing, violent or inappropriate behaviour down to alcohol & no foul stench from tobacco either!
Bliss.
The NHS will save NOT lose money. Since it won't be treating tobacco/alcohol/food addicts! Parties are fine at my house. No depressing, violent or inappropriate behaviour down to alcohol & no foul stench from tobacco either! Bliss. suzyn

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