Alcohol is probably the most (mis)used substance. Having a beer with friends or pouring a glass of wine after work are considered ‘normal’, ‘social’ even. But taking a step back and abstaining from alcohol for a while may change this viewpoint you ay have adopted as well.
There are several books on alcohol and why it’s not good for you and why you should stop drinking it.
None of these books ever appealed to me because instead of motivate me to stop drinking, they actually worked as a trigger to order a whisky – and make it a double.
One year no beer
When I was in Brussels for New Year’s Eve, I went into this bookstore where I stumbled upon ‘The 28 day alcohol-free challenge‘ written by Andy Ramage and Ruari Fairbairns.
The bright yellow cover and ‘guirlande’-like way the title appears across the cover made me pick up this book and read the texton the back cover.
Long story short, I bought the book, brought it with me into the new year, started reading and then I just started with day 1 of 28 days without alcohol.
The MEND habit-change system
Why the book that Andy and Ruari have written works for me has to do with their – what I call – holistic approach.
MEND stands for four elements that are key to changing habits: Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, and Do.
Rather than telling about the negative effects of drinking alcohol (regularly), the two authors encourage readers to for themselves have an honest look at their habit and if it is indeed bringing you what you think it is.
You may for example thing that a night out while drinking alcohol is more fun than being sober during a party. However, chances are the really fun part of a party are the early hours, when you were still sober of merely tipsy.
The 28 day alcohol-free challenge starts with the story of Andy and Ruari, introduces a fresh approach to live an alcohol-free life, and then takes you on a 28-day champion challenge.
So why would you take this challenge? There are numerous advantages awaiting you, including:
But the best part is the shift in thinking, the shift in the habit of ordering an alcoholic drink after a stressful day. The shift in the habit of ordering an alcoholic drink to celebrate.
We tend to drink alcohol for virtually any reason, when really there is another reason behind this. Andy and Ruari encourage you to go looking for the need that is hidden behind the ‘need for a pint’.
The way to do this is by (temporarily) detaching yourself from alcohol so that you can experience more freedom and see your needs and goals clearly again and live life from there.