If someone handed you a glass of poison and said "drink this, you'll feel great to start with but when you wake up tomorrow you will not only be filled with pain and regret, but it will also put you at risk of many disease and illness that could potentially and your life - oh and you'll have to pay £8.95 for the pleasure." It doesn't make any sense that you would drink the poison, come back for more AND do the same the following weekend.
Our culture, especially in the city, seems to be based around social drinks and parties where it is expected that guests will drink. With the NHS in financial crisis it is more important than ever that people who are able to, take the measures they can to make good choices and take care of their health. A large proportion of the health budget is spent on long term conditions which, for the most part, are preventable.
This year, I want to make a positive difference in my own health and promote others to do the same - whether that be going sober, taking up physical activity, eating less sugar or stopping smoking etc. Making these healthy choices can help free up some NHS budget and raise money to support others in need. It is so sad that while we drink and party the weekend away, there are families looking after sick and dying children who may never even get the chance to experience things that we take for granted. I've witnessed many families go through the experience of looking after poorly children, or even child bereavement, so I will be giving up alcohol for 2017 to raise money for Rainbow Trust to support these families.
(It may seem a bit of a leap from alcohol to children's health but think of it like this: 1. Make a healthy change to your lifestyle. 2. This will support the NHS in the long term as you are actively preventing yourself from being diagnosed with a preventable long-term condition. 3. This extra budget can be spent on treatment and support for non-preventable conditions. 4.Support services for the families of sick children can be better funded, including third sector organisations such as Rainbow trust.)