Encourage Christine and Layla to stay on track with Go Sober effort

Lib Dem MPs Christine Jardine and Layla Moran are facing their third weekend without any booze. They are doing Go Sober for October to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

So far, they have raised nearly £650 between them.

It’s not always been easy. Last week, poor Christine had to serve whisky to guests at Edinburgh West’s whisky tasting. Her face says it all.

So why not give them a bit of encouragement, all for an excellent cause. You can donate to Christine here and Layla here.

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  • I haven’t looked up the medical evidence but actually I suspect that having a period in the year when you forswear booze is a good idea – it allows the liver to clean itself and regenerate and I suspect it (partially) resets the tolerance to alcohol.

    I suspect that it is no coincidence that the major religions and traditions of many societies have periods of moderation such as Lent as well as feast days – both are important to people’s health and well-being. To have get-togethers, “break bread” and have a drink with one’s family and friends is extremely life affirming.

    But lent, things like “going sober for October” can provide a good excuse for not drinking when pressurised by friends.

    I was surprised when looking it up that suicide is as big a “killer” as the rates quoted above for alcohol. With 10.1 deaths per 100,000. 15.5 per 100,000 in males, and 24.8 in males aged 45-49. Of course alcohol may be contributing factor to suicide. But a good antidote is having a drink/meal with mates.


    We can support pubs even if not drinking – by having a soft drink (where I suspect margins are higher), a pub meal and drinking less but drinking higher quality, more expensive drinks.

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