Sign up for Drop the Drink

2 03 2010

So make today the day you sign up to Drop the Drink. Sign up by clicking on either of the links below (UK or Ireland)


Drop the Drink is an online fundraising initiative that encourages individuals or groups to sign up to the challenge of a month-long-sponsored abstinence from alcohol.

It’s simple – give up drinking for the month, then you ask your friends and family to sponsor you!

Now, we aren’t anti-drink.  But  it’s a great way to clear your head, take advantage of some great health benefits, and – most importantly – help raise funds for sick and injured children across the country!  By giving up drink for 31 days, and asking friends and family to pledge their support, you really can make miracles happen.


A little inspiration

25 01 2010

As we head down the final stretch, we wanted to remind you about the difference you are making. And as Darren Lee from Oxford’s FM107.9 said, think of the children.

With the help of a Children’s Miracle Network hospital, children of all ages and backgrounds receive treatment for every imaginable disease and injury – from asthma and broken bones to cancer and heart defects. Children’s hospitals are also the front lines of research, education and outreach programmes that keep millions of children out of the hospital each year.

Children’s Miracle Network hospitals depend on community support to help fund vital services, specialised care and unique programmes designed specifically for children. Most funds are raised a pound/euro or two at a time by caring individuals, like you!

Thank you for dropping the drink, and helping make miracle happen!

And here’s an update from Darren Lee of OXFORD’S FM107.9

22 01 2010

I don’t drink a lot, so I thought this would be easy. Well, I thought that I don’t drink a lot! I live in a shared house so there’s always someone opening a beer, or pouring a glass of wine – refusing a drink has been the hardest part. I probably drink something every day, even if it’s a shared can of cider. I fell off the wagon at the weekend, but I’ve used my ‘night off’ voucher retrospectively, so my slate is clean! I feel really good for not drinking, I’ve lost that groggy feeling that had built up over time. It’s also nice to be reminded that you can go out at the weekend and not have a drink – I’m still a fun person sober! Plus, all this is for a great cause – sick children in Oxfordshire. When you’re thinking it’s all too hard, think of the children!


Check out how Rosie from OXFORD’S FM107.9 is not drinking

22 01 2010

January’s been good….  yeah I know the money situation’s RUBBISH but that’s because December’s pay day seems like an eternity ago – and there’s still TWO weekends to go till our bank accounts see a much needed cash injection.

That said, I have decided to Drop The Drink and it’s helped.

It’s been a welcome invitation to a lighter liver but NOT a lighter purse.

It’s going well, I’ve already used my one-off pass, although some say I used it foolishly as I had one beer with a Mexican meal, but that was fine by me.

I’ve definitely dropped a pound or two – my jeans feel a little looser and so far my pledge to drop the drink has raised over £100 for sick children across Oxfordshire. That’s cool.

Some of my friends, no wait…my boyfriend has tried to twist my arm into drinking a few times; “No one will know, come on it’s just one drink”, but I think he’s got the message now, besides, I’ve discovered non-alcoholic larger (allelujah!) and I rate that as being a perfectly acceptable substitute.

This weekend’s looking like it won’t pose any drinking danger, and since I signed up this campaign I’ve re-discovered my passion for herbal teas.

Who wants a hangover anyway?

Rosie x

It’s Wednesday, how to get ‘over the hump’!

20 01 2010

hump day (noun) a reference to making it though to the middle of the world week as getting “over the hump”;  or Wednesday. If the work week were a hill, then Wednesday would be the crest.

Wednesday (noun) is a day of the week in the Gregorian calendar. According to international standards, it is the third day of the week, the day between Tuesday and Thursday.  The name comes from the Middle English Wednes dei, which is from Old English Wōdnesdæg, meaning the day of the English god Woden.

This is all information that you are unlikely to be asked, ever,  but trivial information that is fun to know. And something to help you get to the weekend (or through the day at least).

Other things to do tonight at home, or plan them for a night with friends and family (and don’t have alcohol around so you’re not tempted):

  • Game Night – board games have come back with a vengeance. Pull out (and dust off) some old classics, like Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, or Pictionary. Or get a new twist on an old classic, have you seen the new Monopoly games with debit cards? It’s not child’s play anymore!
  • Video Games – if board games aren’t really your thing, have a ‘video game night.’ There are so many fun and interactive games out now, wiiFit, Singstar, Guitar Hero, RockBand. You could host your own X-Factor competition.
  • A SWAP party – (for the ladies!) invite your friends over and tell them to bring clothes, shoes and accessories they don’t want anymore to SWAP. The more you bring, the more you get. Fashion swap parties can be great fun and a brilliant way to refresh your closet.

Need a night out of the house? Make sure you catch Avatar at the theatres (I know we’ve mentioned this one already), but it swept at the Golden Globes award show on Sunday. If you’ve already seen it, check out another movie from the award show nominee list.

Let us know how you get over ‘Hump Day,’ or new found activities that you’ve been enjoying since you’ve Dropped The Drink …

Happy Hump Day!

How to have fun being the Designated Driver

14 01 2010

Signing up to Drop the Drink doesnt mean you need to stay in all weekend….you can still go out and have some fun. Here is some advice on how to have some fun as a designated driver! Of course be safe even when you are having fun…as the sober person dont put your friends at any risk…ok.

Party away!

Just act like you’re dinking! It will be fun to see if any of the intoxicated people pick up on your soberness. Drink cranberry/7-up or Red bull and psych yourself into feeling like you’re having a couple drinks. Let loose and have fun.

Talk to the Lovely Ladies/Gents

While all of your friends are drunk and can’t form words into sentences, you can prove your maturity to the girls/guys by showing them you have restraint and control.

Mess With Your Friends

– Constantly tell your friends you need a tenner for petrol and see how much you rack up by the end of the night.

 – Stick a tenner (that you probably got from your friends) in the juke box and select the same song to play over and over. The key is to pick a song everyone likes the first time, but can’t stand after the tenth time. May I suggest anything by Prince, Eminem or Queen?

How’s the attitude?

13 01 2010

Well according to the Irish Independent  people fail with resolutions because they go about it the wrong way. Now I reckon all our Drop the Drink volunteers have a great attitude (and if you do to you can sign up here)

Professor Richard Wiseman studied 700 volunteers who made a wide range of resolutions, including quitting smoking, losing weight, starting a relationship or gaining a qualification or giving up drink for a month starting whenever you like (….ok we added that last bit in)

Just 22pc of participants managed to meet their goals or described their progress as “very successful”.

The reason so many failed was that they took the wrong approach and were led astray by self-help books, according to Prof Wiseman, from the University of Hertfordshire in England.

By comparing the techniques of successful and unsuccessful resolution makers, he came up with a list of tips for staying the course when making changes in one’s life.

People who failed tended to dwell on the “bad things” that would happen if they did not achieve their goal, said the professor.

They were likely to remove temptation from their surroundings, adopt role models, fantasise about being successful, and rely on will power.


“Many of these ideas are frequently recommended by self-help experts but our results suggest that they simply don’t work,” said Prof Wiseman. “Because of the widespread nature of this advice, millions of people will fail to achieve their aims.”

Successful participants, on the other hand, broke their goals into small steps and rewarded themselves when each stage was passed.

They also told friends about what they were trying to achieve, reminded themselves of the benefits of obtaining their goal, and charted their progress.

“Many of the most successful techniques involve making a plan and helping yourself stick to it,” said Prof Wiseman.

“Those carrying out all five techniques were around 20pc more successful than others. Failing to achieve your ambitions is often psychologically harmful because it can rob people of a sense of self-control. I hope that this new research will help people change their lives in 2010,” he added.

Prof Wiseman advised making only one resolution to increase chances of success and treating any failure as a temporary set-back rather than a reason to give up altogether.

– John von Radowitz in London

Irish Independent