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Millions of people embark on Dry January every year but what about having zero alcohol for 365 days? Scot, 46, from Norwich, did exactly that when he chose to make a life-changing decision to improve his wellbeing. spoke exclusively to Scot about losing five stone in a year thanks to the One Year No Beer’s (OYNB) program he signed up to and how temporarily quitting alcohol and educating himself turned things around. 

Scot explained what his life was like before he signed up to One Year No Beer: “Don’t get me wrong, my life was pretty good in lots of ways… I was relatively happy, good family life and friends, I was okay in my work and everything. But my diet was obviously poor. 

“I’ve always fluctuated on weight previously, I wasn’t thinking about what I was eating, I was overweight, pretty much did zero fitness apart from a couple of dog walks. 

“[That way of life is] not good for anybody, but let alone when you’re in your 40s, I guess you start to think about that a little bit more. 

“So, I just felt a bit lethargic,” he continued. “I noticed that beer, afterwards, would make me a little bit anxious and depressed. 

“And interestingly, I’ve got a bit of a promotion at work, and it’s the first time ever in my career where I’ve actually been feeling ‘Okay this is quite hard’. I was thinking, ‘What else can I do to help me just so I get a little bit better and what I was doing’. 

“The other thing was my sleep, my sleep was terrible,” Scot remarked. “It’s something that seems to run in my family so I was really interested in trying to improve the quality of my sleep.”

With so many diets, transformation challenges and health programs on the market, why did One Year No Beer appeal to Scot? 

“I’ve always tried to lose weight, but I’ve never given up alcohol as part of that journey,” he revealed. “So I’ve always fluctuated. 

“I’d actually started to try to get a little bit more fit, I started the Couch to 5k and then park runs. 

“I was taking the dogs [for walks] and actually I started being amongst that atmosphere, really wanting to be part of that, so it was actually Couch to 5k that came first, and then that put a lens on my on drinking because I was noticing if I had drunk [the night before], I felt lethargic, so I didn’t want to exercise. 

“It’s just almost having those obvious connections now, but you start to get different priorities and then I start thinking ‘Okay, what help and support is out there?’

“I didn’t class myself as an alcoholic, so Alcoholics Anonymous [wasn’t the right support],” Scot said. “‘But there must be something to help to reduce it [alcohol consumption]’. So that’s when I got interested in One Year, No Beer. 

“I liked a couple of the testimonials that I read on social media. I’ve heard people representing One Year No Beer on a couple of podcasts that I liked. 

“But what I think appealed to me was after researching it a bit more, I really liked the idea that you would get a daily email, normally with a video, they would link in to challenges. 

“It felt less about …. usually when people do Dry January, that’s more about willpower whereas what I was reading OYNB was more about education and understanding, and not necessarily stopping drinking forever, because that wasn’t my goal, but just changing your relationship with alcohol, I think that was what appealed.

“It’s not forever, but it would be an improvement, longer term. So all those things ticked a lot of boxes,” he continued. 

Scot then explained exactly what One Year No Beer requires: “What they encourage you to do is to really understand your own personal reasons, and what alcohol does, and what not having alcohol can help with.”

“They encourage you to take various different challenges, not necessarily around diet, but when you have a sort of a challenge,  so I wanted to train up to run a half marathon, I wanted to do the Three Peaks challenge. 

“Then I think what you do is you actually start to stop thinking about drinking any way because you’re focusing on the challenge, and you realise that the alcohol doesn’t help with those actual challenges.

“And then there’s actually an awful lot of support, I chose the Facebook One Year No Beer group, and then you get a lot of support with that community and you almost form your own sort of different cohorts, based on when you actually started your own journey, and that sort of group of people, and sort of sharing and bouncing off that. 

“It’s called like the tribe – that is hugely important, and forms some great friendships,” Scot commented. 

“OYNB is a combination of things, but it’s not so much about diet, calorie deficit, most part of your understanding is you start to realise just how s**t alcohol actually is – it’s a highly addictive, poisonous drug, and you learn that through your education, your understanding, different things you do, and then that obviously starts to help your subconscious mind, so you’re not using willpower, you just choose not to [drink alcohol] because actually you’re enjoying life more without it.” 

As for what benefits there are to not drinking alcohol for a year, Scott repeated one of OYNB’s key points which resonated with him. 

“If you could take a pill that provided you with weight loss, enhanced your sleep quality, improved your skin and appearance, improved your overall health, increased your mood, increased your happiness, enhanced your relationships, reduces anxiety and stress, and overall improves the quality of your life and fundamental happiness with no side effects, and it was free… everybody would take it,” he said. 

“And literally, all of those things have improved [for me]. I really understand what alcohol does and how alcohol affects the body [now].”

Looking back, Scot didn’t deny how hard it was to stop drinking: “It is difficult. And I think, the first 28 days, the first month was definitely the hardest, and then it gets better and it gets easier.

“I think a lot of people do one month [detoxes] and it’s a shame, because I think a lot of people feel better after that month – and that’s the hardest month, if you can just go a little bit further, then I think you get some real breakthroughs and it definitely becomes easier.” 

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