Putting Alcohol on Hold

The first month of 2011 is over and we’re into the first day of February. It’s also the start of FebFast for thousands of people across Australia.

FebFast is a fundraising campaign that invites people to participate in an alcohol free February, and at the same time raise funds to support organisations working in research, prevention and service delivery concerning the use of alcohol and other drugs by young people.

Our annual health and charity event encourages people to forgo alcohol in February while raising vital money to support young people with alcohol and other drug related issues.

The event creates an opportunity for people to ‘press the pause button’ on their busy lifestyles and create a clear space to plan for a more balanced year ahead.

Over the past three years we have seen more than 10,700 people take up the FebFast challenge to live February alcohol-free. Collectively these people have raised more than $1,700,000.

FebFast funds are distributed to organisations that work to reduce alcohol and other drug related harms amongst young people through research, prevention and service delivery programs.

So what do you think? Could you give up drinking for a month?

I find that whole months can go past without me having a drink anyway. I’m not what you’d call a big drinker. 🙂 I enjoy a glass of red wine now and then and an occasional beer (especially Beez Neez) but I’ve never been drunk.

I wonder how many people would find that they’re more hooked on drinking than they thought if they had to give it up for a month.

What are your thoughts on drinking? Do you only drink to get drunk? Do you prefer not to drink at all? I’d be very interested in your thoughts.

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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

The views he expresses here are his own.

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  • Growing up in my household, I remember alcoholic beverages were strictly forbidden. My mom had come from a background where her dad and older brother were both alcoholics, and she experienced first hand terrible things that drunkenness leads to.

    As I got older, I lived in Europe for awhile, and my position relaxed somewhat.

    Later I joined a church which has in its constitution when one joins, makes promise not to drink, and I frankly haven’t missed it.

    Now, my son, recently after a bout of debates with the UnderOATH group, on their site, claim to be a Christian band, but admits to drinking, having been drunk, and “messing around with their girlfriends”, has formed some strong opinions on the subject of drinking alcohol.

    After a good amount of time talking with these people and doing a lot of research, he created an informal paper to get his thoughts in order.

    I’d be interested to hear your view.
    His informal paper is here » http://www.xerraire.com/enric/drinking.htm

    As for me, there are some things I miss, like after living in Spain a good, red wine, but I promised my church and as long as my membership is there, I will keep my promise.

    Enjoy the read.


  • This may sound strange to some people but i am 58 years old and have never had a drink in my life. Neither has my wife. I prefer being a teetotaler. For the longest time as a pastor I condemned those who even socially drank. No more. There are much more important things to be concerned about now.

  • I could do this easily because like you I’m not a drinker either.
    I’ve never drank anything but red or white wine wich is probably 1 glass in every 2 or 3 months if we have friends over for a bbq or visa versa. I’ve never drank beer or what evers that’s out there. I just don’t like the taste. I tasted beer once as a child and that was enough to put me off alcohol for ever. So can proudly say “never been drunk” and gonna keep it that way.

  • I enjoy the odd beer or mixer drink, but really alcohol doesn’t interest me a great deal – mostly because I just don’t like the taste. I can’t see the point in drinking something you think tastes foul just to be socially acceptable. Therefore I’d have no trouble doing this challenge.

    Soft drinks and chocolate however….

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