Go Sober for October
Tuesday is 1st of October and MacMillan Cancer Support are doing their annual event — Go sober for October.
Please watch the above video (1).
The Perks of going sober
- More time on your hands. You’ll have time to fit in a weekend run or learn something new once you’ve banished those horrible hangovers.
- Better sleeping pattern. You’ll wake up with a spring in your step and increased energy levels — who knows what greatness you could achieve?!
- A happier bank balance. By going booze-free, you could save up to £67 a month.
- A healthier you. With a clearer head, clearer skin and free from hangovers, you’ll be feeling on top of the world. (2)
Let me add — if you develop an alcohol problem every aspect of your life will be ruined.
How can I start?
Let me give you some top tips to help you cut your alcohol intake.
Before going on a night out please have a good meal before you go out. This will make you feel full so you don’t want to drink as much alcohol.
Take less money with you so you can’t buy as much.
If you are male- take your better half with you. Do you really want to look bad in front of your better half by having too much?
Go out a bit later-giving you less time to have alcohol.
Come back home a bit earlier again giving you less time to have alcohol.
Drink more slowly.
Don’t buy rounds- buy your own.
Every other drink have a non alcoholic soft drink as a “spacer.” The pubs and clubs make more from this than they do out of drinkers.
Best still- drive so you can’t drink!
When you go out take less money with you.
Start with the One Pint Workout
The One Pint Work Out is an exercise program that’s been designed to help burn off the amount of calories found in an average pint of lager in the time it takes to drink one. Personal Trainer to the stars Georgie Okell takes you through a 10 minute sweat-fest guaranteed to get you burning body fat. (3.)
A shocking video
When I saw the video below I could not believe how difficult the general public would find such a challenge (4.)
Why Western Governments want you to drink like a fish, eat like a horse and smoke like a chimney
It was reported sometime ago that England’s chief medical officer says she is considering recommending a tax on unhealthy food to persuade parents to buy more fresh fruit and vegetables. (5)
As well as that Obesity has become “the new smoking” and is set to fuel double the number of weight-related cancers within two decades, the head of the NHS has reported. (6)
Neither of these civil servants has addressed the number one cause of obesity and why the government wants you to die of cancer.
Let me tell you the number one cause of obesity.
Every day of the week I see articles on obesity. People often say why don’t people just eat less and exercise more. I wish it were that simple. It’s a very complex issue. However, speaking as an expert in obesity there is one factor that is common in near enough every case you can imagine.
Its not eating too much.
Its not exercising too little.
This factor is responsible for near enough every case of starvation and obesity. Sadly no politician can do anything about it nor is the political will there.
The number one cause of obesity is poverty.
Food that is high in fat and low in nutrition is mass produced and cheap.
Food that is high in nutrition and low in fat is hand produced and expensive. Those on lower incomes cannot afford it.
Generally speaking, people who are cash poor tend to be time-poor so they don’t have time to cook fresh food. You ask a single mother of 4 to cook from fresh and you are asking a lot (although there may be exceptions.)
Some people can only afford to eat one or two meals per day. If that happens then your body thinks that nutrition isn’t coming regularly. It will slow its metabolism and will store as much fat as it can.
People who are in a rush often wolf down their food quickly so the brain doesn’t register it. It takes 20 minutes for the brain to register that you have eaten. Such people stuff themselves making the problem worse. What happens if that food is high fat? It gets worse.
With the greatest of respect in the world those who are cash poor can be less well educated. They may not know what is best nutritionally for them. If that causes offence then I am sorry.
With the greatest respect in the world those who are cash poor can be less well educated and so they may not know what is best nutritionally and we apologize if that causes offence.
Lastly those on lower incomes cannot afford expensive gyms and personal trainers.
This is what makes me so angry when I see some trainers and hypnotherapists charging stupid amounts of money. Those who need them can’t afford them. If you click my website you will see that I have a range of options for people of all budgets- from those on benefit to the Bill Gates of this world.
In 2015 the Fabian society published Hungry for change and all my suspicions proved to be correct. (8)
Some of you may remember Superman III, in that movie one man said that whenever there is a problem someone gets rich.
So who gets rich from obesity? Is it the supermarkets; is it the fast food industry? No! It’s the taxman.
Your doctor doesn’t want you to smoke or drink or be overweight.
The taxman wants you to eat like a horse, drink like a fish and smoke like a chimney.
You’ll say smoking costs the NHS £5 billion a year (9) and that the taxman gets £9.5billion a year in duty. (9). Alcohol related harm overall costs the NHS in England £3.5 billion a year (11) and (12). In 2010 it was reported that alcohol contributes £14.6bn to the taxman (13).
Health problems associated with being overweight or obese cost the NHS more than £5 billion every year (10).
In real terms, taking into account minimum wage rises alcohol, unhealthy food and cigarettes are cheaper than ever. The time taken to earn the price of an alcoholic drink has never been so low. It’s simple maths.
Now if you smoke, drink and are obese you’ll die sooner, over your lifetime the taxman gets your taxes. The taxman saves your pension of £5881.20 a year if you die early. That doesn’t include other costs e.g. medical treatment. 70% of people don’t have a will (16). The taxman gets your estate as well when you die so it’s more for him
10 million people in the UK are over 65. The latest projections are for 5½ million more elderly people by 2034. The number will have nearly doubled to around 19 million by 2050. In 2010/11 pensions cost £100 billion (17). Assuming the 19million are on £113.10 per week its £111742800000 per year in pensions the taxman can save if they die early. Don’t forget there are fewer people paying in now as the birth rate is falling!
So what should we do? If I had my way, cigarette and alcohol duty should rise markedly yearly. We should introduce a sugar tax. We should do much more to combat obesity and be financially more prudent on all levels.
It may be an idea to do what the Hungarians have done- tell all women who have 4 children they don’t have to pay taxes. (18)
- Go Sober for October 2019 — Macmillan Cancer Support (30) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lzi1bMA5kuw
- Why it’s a good thing to go sober for October https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x075m3FSdu8
- Go Sober for October — One Pint Work Out with Georgie Okell https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ehor1Lg0eng
- Sober For October! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44iN-PypKmk
- Chief medical officer considers recommending tax on unhealthy food https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-48461028
- Obesity has become ‘the new smoking’ and will fuel weight-related cancers, head of NHS warns https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/obesity-has-become-the-new-smoking-and-will-fuel-weight-related-cancers-head-of-nhs-warns/ar-AACcUsA?ocid=sf
- The number one cause of obesity http://jamesbondhealthandfitness.co.uk/the-number-one-cause-of-obesity/
- Hungry for Change http://www.fabians.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Hungry-for-Change-web-27.10.pdf
- Callum C, Boyle S, Sandford A. Estimating the cost of smoking to the NHS in England and the impact of declining prevalence. Health Economics Policy & Law, 2010.
- The Economics of Tobacco Action on Smoking and Health http://ash.org.uk/files/documents/ASH_121.pdf
- Alcohol treatment in England 2012–13 http://www.nta.nhs.uk/uploads/alcohol2012-13.pdf
- Statistics on Alcohol: England, 2013 http://www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB10932/alc-eng-2013-rep.pdf
- Alcohol consumption ‘continues to fall’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11170814
- Reducing obesity and improving diet (https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/reducing-obesity-and-improving-diet)
- The basic state pension https://www.gov.uk/state-pension/overview
- Die intestate and your loved ones will be left to untangle your legacy http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/pensions/article-2180242/Die-intestate-loved-ones-left-untangle-legacy.html
- The ageing population www.parliament.uk http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/research/key-issues-for-the-new-parliament/value-for-money-in-public-services/the-ageing-population/
- Viktor Orbán: no tax for Hungarian women with four or more children https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/10/viktor-orban-no-tax-for-hungarian-women-with-four-or-more-children