”I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s the best they are going to feel all day”. A great quote and oh so true. As everyone knows, I LOVE my drink, I am a BIG drinker, drink features strongly in my life. And the trouble for me with drinking is I get the nibbles, savoury nibbles preferred, so hence the size I am.

Last year my friend Sarah announced she was going Sober for October for Macmillan Nurses. I admired her for her willpower, I sponsored her, but no way would I join her. So when Sarah announced again this year she was going sober I thought ‘silly cow, I am sure she said never again last year”. But again she did, again I admired her and again sponsored her. The trouble was Best Mate and Cousin decided to join her. Madness… utter madness… why not just give the charity money and keep drinking – a much better idea!

They all duly signed up, announced it on FB and looked for sponsorship. I watched with interest – and annoyance – at comments on both FB and in person as to when I would join them or I didn’t have the willpower to complete the challenge. So as the day dawned, the others drank their last and hopped on the wagon, I kept drinking. After all we had just had a skittles night here on the farm and there were several bottles that needing drinking. No point in pouring good wine down the sink. Plus it was a Sunday, a Sunday! What a stupid day to start a no drinking campaign. If you are going to do it, start on a Monday. So on the Monday I duly did……

I joined them in spirit – excuse pun – will admit I lied outright both on FB and in person that I wasn’t joining in on this ridiculous venture. I knew I could do it as I have done so before. But I didn’t want to give all those who had made the comments the sheer bliss of being able to say “told you so” if/when Ast fell off the wagon. I informed the Girls as I started a day late I would carry on a day longer to complete the month. I didn’t actually sign up, I generously sponsored them and put money in every collection box for Macmillan I found.

Well I have done it, yep – sober for a month, not a drop of alcohol has been anywhere near me. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. Yes some evenings were dull dull dull without a nice glass of wine. However, I felt like SHIT. It took me three bloody weeks to feel reasonable. I had three weeks of ‘cold turkey’. I felt dreadful, absolutely bloody dreadful. I ached, I had a headache, I was cold, I was ratty boy was I ratty, I didn’t want to eat, I didn’t want to do anything but sleep. So much for feeling great, so much for tripping the light fandango, so much for looking bright eyed and bushy tailed. More like bleary eyed and rats tails. And what is so special about non-alcoholic drinks? Hum hum… full of sugar which leaves one’s teeth feeling like they have a fur coat on. Oh a faux fur of course don’t want to upset anyone. Only my bank balance felt great cos I surely didn’t. Week four I finally felt remotely human.

The Challenge is complete. Yep I did it. I thank those who did knew and gave me sponsorship money. 6 days on……I am still sober……trouble is my birthday is coming up soon……..