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Time for detox: PR girls feel benefits of a booze-free January

Tue 01 Feb 2011 17:58


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Lots of us feel rubbish after overindulging in booze and food during the party season, so this January three party girls based in Glasgow decided to do something about it, and detox for the first month of the year.

Sharon McKinley, Claire Kay and Nicole Wilson all work in PR, so socialising is a big part of their lives, and having a few drinks with clients is all in a day’s work for them.

But all three admitted that they felt they needed to give their livers a bit of a break – especially after keeping a booze diary during the week from Christmas to New Year.

Nicole had downed a shocking 74 units of alcohol, Claire necked 51 units and Sharon 31 – way over the recommended limits of 14-15 units a week for women.

Now, after a month of clean living, all three admitted that they felt the definite benefits of giving up the demon drink.

Sharon, who didn’t have one drop of alcohol, and is now seriously considering giving up drinking long-term, told Michelle McManus and Stephen Jardine on The Hour: “It’s been a lot easier than I thought it was going to be. Once we got over the first weekend it just got easier and easier, I’m really enjoying it.”

Nicole, who also managed the month-long challenge, added: “I think you have to be in the right frame of mind to go out and not drink but it can be done but I really enjoyed it, really, really enjoyed it.”

Claire, however, fell off the wagon just ten days into the challenge. She admitted: I lasted ten days and I did go out and not drink one or two of the nights, I did alright. But yeah, I did have a blow-out on cocktails. I didn’t just have a few, I had quite a few.” She added: “I kind of just thought I’d failed so I might as well just carry on failing!”

However even she felt the benefits of drinking less, and admitted that she can’t see herself going back to her binge-drinking ways. “I can’t see myself now going out and bingeing, it’s not attractive bingeing, it’s nice to just go out for a few drinks and be social but keep a sensible head on,” she said.


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