Like two million others I gave up alcohol for January. Well, not strictly so as I enjoyed a drink in South Africa and one on a friend ‘s birthday dinner on the 27th. Here is one personal view:
Did it make me feel better? No, I still slept badly waking 2/3 times in the night for a pee.
Did I miss alcohol? Indubitably, especially a malt whisky at 6 when I tackle the Telegraph crossword.
Did I lose weight? Not as much as I hoped. I am still at the same level when the good doctor weighed me at my annual medical last October.
So why did I do it? Two reasons: to show I can and am not dependent on alcohol. Secondly to lose weight. The sugar in alcohol means you cannot hope to lose weight without abstaining from it. I will therefore drink in moderation with days off till I do lose weight.
I’m reminded of the Sammy Davis Junior line:
“I’m not going to drink any more. Mind you, I’m not going to drink any less either.”