My name’s Neil and I’m a non-alcoholic.
I mean that in two ways. Firstly, I’m not an alcoholic. But secondly, and more significantly, I’m dry. No, I don’t need moisturiser. Well, maybe a little in winter, but that’s a separate issue. No, I mean I’m tee-totally abstinent. I’m off the juice and on the wagon. I’m a non-drinker of alcohol.
I made the decision to stop drinking alcohol in 2006 on health grounds. I’ve since been on dates, stag nights and dancing in night clubs without the steadying arm of alcohol around my shoulder.
I’ve been to around 60 countries in the world, the majority of them since I stopped drinking. I’ve been ostracised at a Lao baci ceremony, cross-examined during Vietnamese New Year and tag-team taunted on the Trans-Siberian express. People have inferred that I’m less than a man in far more languages than I’ll ever be able to speak.
Welcome to my blog.