As you may know from previous posts, my friends and I are taking part in Cancer Research's Dryathlon, giving up alcohol for the whole of January. The fundraising is going so well and I am so pleased to report that as a team we have beaten our target amount and have now raised over £400! Thank you very much for sponsoring us so generously. It means a lot! If you haven't sponsored us yet but would like to, our team page can be found here.
We have taken to drinking plenty of peppermint tea, blackcurrant squash and Diet Coke and I am actually quite enjoying having a clear head and not worrying about the health risks having a glass of wine may have on my uncooperative body. As alcohol makes your blood "thinner", drinking more than one or two units can be fairly dangerous for somebody taking anticoagulants which is making me reconsider just doing this Dryathlon for only a month, in favour of perhaps extending it for two or three and then seeing how it goes. I am not a huge drinker in the first place really but found that it could be quite helpful in being sociable on a night out at uni. I have also been to nightclubs completely sober and suddenly realised that the concept of clubbing is very strange when you reduce it what it actually is - a dark room, a man stood in the corner with a laptop and a place where you can exchange money for dodgy, cheap alcohol. Or at least that's what Southampton clubs are like! Anyway, as I am able to function perfectly well without a drink, that just leaves working on things like confidence and anxiety to eliminate the need for a drink if I am out. That is, of course, a lot easier said than done! But it is a goal nonetheless and the Dryathlon is a good place to start I think :)