Jane Bates: Anyone on the wagon should be cheered on, not dragged down
If a friend is trying to improve their health by going on a diet or giving up alcohol offer encouragement and support, don’t try and drag them down, says Jane Bates
‘They should be rounded up and taken to a dreary hotel beside a roundabout, like people on a speeding awareness course,’ my friend said. ‘And they should be given a teaching session about manners. And fed entirely on NHS biscuits.’
NHS biscuits! I wondered what these people had done to deserve such a punishment.
My friend had purely and simply had enough. After a successful Dry January and feeling much better for ditching the drink, she decided to keep February dry as well. Having fallen into the glass-a-night habit, as indeed had I, we agreed that we have more energy, look less pasty and sleep more soundly since giving up...
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