Dave’s fundraising challenge: “Alcohol Change UK helped answer my questions”

August 2020 | 5 minutes

Dave is cycling a massive 600 miles in September to raise money to support our work. In this blog, he explains why he’s doing it.

Before I made the decision to give up drinking my life was spiralling completely out of control, and it got to the point where I was drinking about three bottles of wine a day. As terrifying as it was, I knew I had to change – not by simply trying to cut down and becoming more mindful, that wouldn't work for me. No, I knew I had to stop drinking altogether.

I had lots of unanswered questions and when I began to look for answers online one of the first websites I came across was Alcohol Change UK’s. I found their website so informative and supportive, and it’s remained my go-to organisation ever since.

"My latest challenge is to raise money for Alcohol Change UK; I’ve committed to cycling 600 miles on my Peloton bike during the month of September."

Since becoming sober, my life has changed beyond belief. I am so much healthier, my marriage and other important relationships are back on track, and I have found enormous personal fulfilment as a Sober Coach and Mentor.

Exercise has also played a huge part in my journey. Last summer I took part in a charity bike ride from London to Paris – something that would have been unthinkable just months earlier. My latest challenge is to raise money for Alcohol Change UK; I’ve committed to cycling 600 miles on my Peloton bike during the month of September. It’s not going to be easy, but I’m determined to do it.

I really value the work that Alcohol Change UK does – drinking is so widely accepted yet can cause so much harm. That’s why I’m taking on this challenge to raise money for them. Please do consider supporting my venture by donating whatever you can.

You can follow Dave on Instagram @soberdave.