Have you ever had one of those moments when the fickle finger of fate alters your life? I’ve always been a party girl and anyone who has known me socially knows I like a drink or ten. Having run a wine business in France I sort of developed the habit of drinking wine almost daily. I have tried several times cutting back, limiting it to weekends etc but, despite knowing I was drinking far more than I should still looked forward to wine o’clock.
Then a manuscript by Lucy Rocca and Sarah Turner arrived on my desk and I sat down to read it in my professional capacity. And a funny thing happened – it made me realise what I’d gain by giving up drinking – not lose. And I haven’t had another drink since. Giving up was incredibly easy – I had no physical symptoms at all except that I feel better, look younger and am losing on average 2lbs a week. What’s not to like about that?!
Oh, and of course I’m saving a shedload of money which I will save for a much better reward than wine.
I’m hoping that by sharing my story I will help other women question their relationship with alcohol because there is now a major problem with women drinkers who are dying from alcohol related illnesses in their 40’s and 50’s. These are mums who thought it was fine to drink too much because all their friends were too. They won’t be there to raise a toast at their kids weddings or see their grandchildren born. We need to start making this a normal conversation and I have no shame in saying I used to drink too much – most of my friends did too. It was fun, glamorous and those government guidelines were meant for other people – not us! I’m really glad I’ve stopped though and I’m loving the liberation that not being controlled or defined by alcohol brings.