60-year-old retiree Serena Doyle takes part in febfast every year. She finds that staying away from alcohol not only drastically improves the quality of her sleep, as well as her overall feeling of wellbeing, but it also gives her a sense of freedom.
“When I do febfast, one of the things that delights me is I’ll be at a party and think ‘I’ve had enough now’, so I’ll just get in my car and drive home. That’s quite exciting. You don’t even have to wait for an Uber,” she says.
While catching up over a meal with a beer or a glass of wine is still the norm, the sober stats are rising, and those who take part in organised ‘dry’ commitments such as febfast are feeling the lasting benefits.
“I began to question whether I really wanted every drink I was offered,” says Anna. “It’s so easy to say ‘yes’ without thinking. That’s mostly carried over since.”
“I can certainly see the relationship between not just not having a hangover, but also doing healthier things, because you’re not experiencing the impacts of alcohol,” says Chris. “More exercise, better food. It’s all related.”