Jan 28 2013 By Tom Dunn, Hillingdon Health Promotion Officer
As a thirty something living in central London much of my social life revolves around beer, wine and gin.
I was surprised to find out a number of my friends had given up booze for January for Cancer Research http://www.dryathlon.org.uk/ . At first I was unsure of their reasons (beyond raising money), it would seem they all wanted to ‘check they weren't addicted’.
It would seem that the Dryathlon is a ‘check’ that they could be alcohol free and aren't dependent on alcohol. I’m glad to report that all my friends are doing well. Some are losing weight, others gained weekend mornings and one has saved £100 so far. One of my friends has been surprised at how hard it was and is thinking about seeking further help (Locally try HAGAM: if you want more information http://www.hagam.com/)
We often forget that alcohol is part of our diet. Around 10% of our calories come from alcohol; alcohol has more energy than carbs or protein. An extra glass of wine an evening could add 200kcal and a pint of Eastern European pilsner (my favourite lagers!) could add even more.
For my friends Dryathlon is a way of saving money and checking on their relationship with alcohol. Drinking less is also a great way of saving money and improving sleep. It’s also removing empty calories from the diet and can help getting into those favourite jeans
The following is an online calculator, have a go, it's quite surprising how it all adds up.