One Year, No Beer?

Group Of Friends Enjoying Drink At Outdoor Rooftop Bar

Something about those four words grabbed me instantly …

For the past few months, on the rare mornings when I woke up without having had my pretty-much-nightly beer (though just one) the night before, I fantasized about how healthy and energetic it would feel to take an extended break from alcohol.

But I could never make it happen. At the end of a workday, It was just too easy to crack open a bottle of liquid relaxation and tell myself that hey, a little bit of alcohol might even be good for me.

Now though, a challenge had been issued; now I had an excuse. “No thanks, I’m doing this One Year No Beer thing for a month.” And that’s exactly why former pro-British-footballer Andy Ramage’s project, One Year No Beer, works — and why thousands of people are signing up to join the now-international movement.

Doesn’t have to be a year (my commitment was only for 30 days, of which I’m currently on day 28). And of course, “no beer” means “no alcohol at all.” But the catchy, rhyming name of the project represents well the laid-back, no-pressure attitude that has made One Year No Beer attractive to so many people. (Hey, sort of like another rhyming-name, no-pressure site I know of …)

It’s my pleasure to publish this interview with Andy on No Meat Athlete Radio, and help to share his life-changing movement with the world.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • The epiphany that never comes — why there’s never a “good time” to quit drinking
  • What if I don’t want to give up alcohol forever?
  • Changing the conversation around booze
  • Non-alcoholic craft beer, the fastest growing segment of the beer market
  • 30, 90, or 365 days?

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  1. This is very timely for me. I gave up alcohol and went vegan for lent. I was a 1-2 a day drinker before that and love the way I feel without the old habit. I know a LOT of runners love drinking but my training really seems better without it. I hadn’t heard of OYNB and will definitely check it out!

  2. I have to say no wine for a year would be hard. My training would definitely suffer if I drank very often, but I don’t find a glass or two of wine prior to my day off causes any harm. It’s sort of silly, but I love ordering wine I know is vegan at restaurants, because I know that between that, salad and bread, I can at least get a bit of a meal (I go to a lot of steakhouses with my husband, and vegan pickings are often slim).

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