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Health and fitness tips to make the most of your sober month!


I gave up alcohol ten months ago and here’s what’s happened since

By Scott Pearson on

I used to wake up with a feeling of dread. You know, that feeling that you’ve said or done the wrong thing in a drunken stupor? Sometimes I’d have to do my best Poirot and piece the night together from stories others told me of my behaviour, along with Uber email receipts and transactions on my banking apps. After too many years of making the same mistakes, and realising I only had myself to blame for my rising anxiety, poor fitness, and debt levels to challenge those of a small country, I knew something had to give.

In October 2018 I woke up one morning with the worst hangover of my life, and from that point on I knew my relationship with alcohol was over. The important thing to mention is, that even when I was drinking, my life wasn’t awful by any stretch of the imagination, but since giving up I now realise what it means to be truly content and to realise my full potential, every single day.

In the ten months that I’ve chosen to be sober:

  • I got a new job (and passed the probationary period early)
  • Cleared 40% of the debt I had accumulated
  • Have been able to focus on building relationships with my family and friends that are stronger than ever
  • My fitness improved and I completed the London Marathon
  • Travelled to more places than ever before, including Vienna, Spain, France and soon Greece

To say my life has changed for the better would be the understatement of the century. And for whatever reason you’re taking on Go Sober for October, you’ll start to see the benefits too. Whether they’re small or big changes, a sober month really does have its perks.

Find @theboywhodranktoomuch on Instagram for tips on being a sober-hero this October.