I wrote an article for news.com.au about the day I collected my wife and newborn son from the hospital with an almighty hangover. It was a day I deeply regret and it was the moment I gave up drinking alcohol forever. I’d been wanting to quit for four years, but this was the straw the broke the camel’s back.
The response from the article was incredible. It was published right across News Limited’s online news network of websites, and their respective Facebook pages went berserk. Of course there were a handful of people who had a few choice words to say, but the overwhelming response was incredibly positivity.
The messages I was sent via the contact page on Goodbye Drinking were a combination of heartbreaking and inspiring. People opened their hearts to me and I was taken aback by the journey that some people had either gone through to get off the booze, or were going through as they transitioned from drinker to teetotaller. In the coming weeks and months, with their permission, I’ll be sharing these amazing stories here at Goodbye Drinking.
In the 24 hours that followed a couple of TV news outlets called to see if I’d be interested in coming on the air to tell my story. Of course I said yes, and while one didn’t eventuate, Channel 7’s Sunrise program offered me a wonderful opportunity I wasn’t about to miss.
My message is simple, if you enjoy a drink, it hasn’t developed into a dependency and you’re not adversely affecting anyone else, then carry on. But if you have decided or are thinking about quitting, taking a break or reducing the amount of alcohol you consume, then do it right now. Don’t hesitate and waste four years like I did.
Thanks Sunrise for allowing me to tell my story, it meant a lot to me.