I don’t know why I clicked on this Daily Mail story about a person who I didn’t even know. Maybe these articles are designed in such a way that I have become a zombie, or more likely it was to learn her secret of losing weight (I am on a diet).The newspaper credited giving up kebabs, but reality TV star Josie Gibson had a different take: giving up the booze. Perhaps hacks avoided that headline because it would force them to ask too many questions of themselves….
Gibson said cutting down on drinking has other effects too. “Since I cut down on the booze, saving it for special occasions, I’ve been thinking clearer and getting loads more done in my life,” she said.
I found this observation interesting. I wrote my first book, Schizophrenie Francaise, while working full time as a journalist on an election campaign. I used to cover French politics, and inspired by former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, who told me he write for an hour every morning before going to work, I determined that if someone who is running a country had time to write, then so would I. However, I started work at 8 am, which meant I had to get up at 5.30 or 6 am to get my personal writing done. For the six months it took, I stopped drinking during the week. On the rare occasions I had a mid-week glass of wine, I noticed it. It would be harder to get up, and I felt tired all day. When people questioned why the energtic former French President Nicolas Sarkozy doesn’t drink, I thought perhaps it might be because he had too much to get done.
I wonder how many people attribute the energy-zapping effects of too much mid-week booze on stress or tiredness? It reminds me of how I felt when I was still smoking cigarettes and training for a half marathon. So fed up was I of feeling crappy in the mornings, I gave up smoking.