Read this guest post by Murray Turner about how he decided to go 31 days on the booze free wagon:
Why does anyone “get on the wagon” in January, because they find that the festive season passed by in an over-indulgent blur of sleep, eat, drink, and repeat. And it is not like we don’t take advantage of every free weekend throughout the year in much the same way. Living in South Africa we frequently find ourselves at a good old “chop and dop,” again, over indulging ourselves before passing out for an afternoon kip in a drunken, satisfied slumber.
Don’t get me wrong, I love it! My weekends would not be the same if I knew that on any given Saturday all the mates would be getting together over several beers, often more, to watch the rugby. We are a social society and alcohol comes with that, at least as far as I have ever known. But what if we tried something different?
Last year I went sober for January (at least most of it), and it was a pretty awful experience socially. I did it because I just could not cope with the idea of putting yet another beer into my system after the festive season. In truth, by New Years eve I was not even enjoying them. Surely a sign that it was time for a break.
Going sober for a month I found myself going to a “nice movie” on a Friday night, and running away when the final whistle went at the rugby on Saturday (traditionally when the tequila gets ordered). None of my mates were too concerned and so I was going at it alone.
I could not have been the only one looking to give my poor, broken body a break though. Why not bring together others that would want to give their bodies a break and turn it into a social experience? I mean, it’s always easier with a mate.
And so now I find myself, seven days into it, feeling pretty good. For 31 days my body will have a break and I have made some new mates while I am at it. We are on #wagon31 and we plan on getting together to do things that involve no alcohol, things we may not normally do, an actual social experience. And, after 31 days we can return to our normal lives feeling refreshed and ready for the next eleven months of “chop and dop.”
Read more about wagon31.