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100 Days Without Alcohol: Here's What Happened | Men's Health UK



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my name is Jonathan Thompson I'm a

freelance journalist and former senior

editor of men's health and this is the

end of my hundred days challenge to live

a life without alcohol but man just on

on the edges of beef so this is your

your liver fibrosis test your score of

8.4 falls within this range which is

moderate fibrosis that's terrible a man

of my age to have moderate fibrosis

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when I started the challenge I saw

benefits straightaway nice early morning

no hangover is a bonus I'm sleeping a

lot more and then after the initial

spike I started to really crave sugar I

need to fight the sugar craving try to

work off all that sugar so when I quit

the sugar as well as alcohol that drove

my mood for the floor that's when I had

my one fail of day 56 I am ashamed to

say that the last night I succumbed to

some cocktails and I do feel like I've

let myself down somewhat after that I

start to find some real balance in the

last four to five days the challenge I

can kind of see the finish line

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it's night 99 and bizarrely I'm in a

Scottish castle I'll be interested to

see what the final tests show tomorrow

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I feel quite drained I've certainly

saved a lot of money yeah but if you do

with money hope you die for your present

hey be good shops down

my mood has been so much higher after

after training and has it made you less

sort of stressed it is about work I've

had very little stress or anxiety or

anything like that during this whole

hundred days

good thing is that we can see an

increase in your fitness levels and

that's because you were training a bit

more your legs are stronger becoming

less excess fat that's me names job

give me a healthy voice day how you deal

let's get started good good good good

good keep going keep going keep going

keep going keep going keep going a bit

more a bit more but more mistake

so for your age category you're between

the 50th and 60th percentile of fitness

they're so very good work there so now

you pushed up when you get in onto the

borderline of that life in this category

so that's going to keep the heart

protected as you going forward and

basically means your fitter your

healthier the heart stronger it's gonna

be safer from things like heart attacks

nor your cholesterol is he said was

significantly raised when he had it when

he had it tested in October and the

level hasn't actually changed that much

so you level today is commander eight

what is higher yes

cholesterol is divided into a good and

bad component who the LDL is one of

reflecting saturated fat intake as we

exercise more that drives it down

the good cholesterol should be forming

about a quarter of the total so what

you're saying is in terms of the

cholesterol yeah

alcohol is not a magic bullet no so oily

fish nuts

avocado Jim Wow hardly recognize use one

hundred days ago yes so I have lost two

years of my skin

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at the very beginning of this process so

you had moderate degree of scarring

however the great news is you've

arrested that and your value halfway

through is six point four so that this

may seem like a small drop but it puts

you from a range of mild to moderate

scarring to enormous you initially have

what we would describe as a moderate

amount of fat in your liver and now you

have no solution things can improve this

quickly they can equally go back to the

way they were that quickly as well now

you can understand because of the

improvement in your mood that you

probably can drink alcohol but you do

need to limit the amount and your

anxiety feeling will be dose dependent

you were substituting food cravings and

essentially bad eating for the alcohol I

think the next challenge if you like is

for you to to work on bringing your

cholesterol down by dying to me I've

managed to turn the clock back I've

managed to turn around a number of

worrying health issues exercise has been

the saving grace exercise has been the

top tip and exercise is what I'm going

to take forward as a stride back to

reality

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