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I BOOZE,I LOSE

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OYNB

BALANCE deputy editor James Gill on how knocking
alcohol on the head changed his life for the better

traight off the bat, booze
works out just fine for
almost all of my friends.
Just not me. So deciding to
quit alcohol altogether
nearly nine years ago was a bit like
knowing when to leave the party
(something I very much failed to do
during my binge-drinking years).
I'm never preachy with my
non-drinking and admit that it's not
all great. In fact, weddings are
challenging from about 5pm onwards:
"Yes, I have met Michael and Joanne.
This is the third time you've
introduced us in the past half an hour.
I'm not in a bad mood. I am having a
good time."
If you have ever thought about
abstaining, even for just a few weeks,
then I'd strongly recommend it.
Indeed, One Year No Beer's 96 per
cent success rate probably speaks
for itself, with 87 per cent of members
choosing to go alcohol-free beyond
90 days. I can only speak for myself,
but the impact has been completely
life-changing.
As you'll see on One Year No Beer's
site (oneyearnobeer.com), the

benefits are many. Sleep, productivity and
happiness levels all get a boost. Anxiety
takes a tumble (no more waking up on a
Sunday wincing at the drunk dials) while
weight also drops. Actually, that hasn't
been the case with me. I can easily give up
alcohol. Chocolate? No way.
The key change for me was consistency
of thought. I'd be very up and down before
going alcohol-free; productive in bursts,
but also close to nodding off at my desk
as the weekend took its toll. These days,
dare I say it, I am a complete, productive
machine from first thing in the morning
until my head hits the pillow.

How I came to stop drinking is
somewhat prosaic. I'd started open mic
comedy and was one evening drinking
with a TV producer friend, who asked
how many gigs a week I was doing.
I said "two or three", expecting him to
start a round of applause. He pointed
upwards, explaining I'd need to do
more as an open mic act. I knew this
was impossible while I was still drinking.
That night - Monday 10 January, 2011
- would be the last night I'd touch
alcohol as my passion for drinking was
replaced with a passion for comedy.
Through that very same producer
friend, I performed to around 70,000
people at a festival a couple of years
ago to help with a scene on a film he
was directing. I recently performed
at the London Palladium to warm-up
on a big TV special, I run one of the
best comedy nights in the country
while BALANCE continues to harness
my love of all things wellbeing.
Dare I say it, all of the above
barely scratches the surface. Would
I have achieved it all while still drinking?
Absolutely not. So why not at least try
swerving alcohol? You never know
where it might take you.

BALANCE
PODCAST
James will be interviewing the
founder of One Year No Beer,
Ruari Fairbairns, on the
BALANCE podcast. Check
it out on Spotify
and Apple

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