Non-alcoholics Anonymous

Written by on September 4, 2011 in General - 8 Comments

Zero percent

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.

About the Author

Neil Bennion stopped drinking alcohol for health reasons back in 2006. He's been ridiculed all over the world for his lifestyle choice, but he must like it because he keeps coming back - or rather, going away - for more. Neil is a freelance travel writer who blogs about productivity on the road at Wandering Desk. Note that Neil is not a health professional (thank goodness) so the traditional disclaimer about everything being your own fault applies.

8 Comments on "Non-alcoholics Anonymous"

  1. Joely September 14, 2011 at 8:59 am · Reply

    Hi Neil!

    I think this is a great idea. As a fellow non-alcoholic, I thought I’d just wave and say hi!

    Good luck…

    Joely xx

    • Neil September 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm · Reply

      Thanks Joely!

  2. Podblack September 20, 2011 at 3:06 pm · Reply

    Hi, found your blog thanks to Janis – I have a similar story. :) http://podblack.com/2009/09/my-not-drinking-alcohol-is-not-your-problem/

    • Neil September 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm · Reply

      Great article, Kylie – thanks for dropping by!

  3. Christina Rose Howker October 6, 2011 at 9:38 pm · Reply

    Hi Neil,

    Great to see what you’re doing and I’ll be recommending this site to all of my non-alcoholic (and pregnant) friends!

    Much love,

    Christina

    • Neil October 7, 2011 at 10:22 am · Reply

      Thanks – I appreciate it!

  4. Steve January 6, 2014 at 1:52 pm · Reply

    Hi Neil

    I’ve just stumbled across your blog after ‘Googling’ alcohol free lifestyle. I too am a non alcoholic but after an illustrious 35 year drinking career, I’ve decide to give it up & reboot my lifestyle (expanding waist line & very little energy).

    Really appreciate the great tips, advise & encouragement this blog offers.

    It’s only day six and my concentration levels have gone through the roof and as I sit in my office I feel like a caged animal full of energy!! It really is like removing a ball and chain.

    Look forward to future posts..

    Thanks,

    Steve.

    • Neil Bennion January 7, 2014 at 2:21 pm · Reply

      Hey there Steve, glad to hear it’s of some use to you – good luck with your new commitment!

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