“I’ll drink to that….”

Don’t lie to yourself, you worry about your alcohol consumption.

“I’m ok to drive, I’ve only had two small ones.’

“I do not recognise dependency…I can give it up tomorrow.”

“My life is f*****g difficult, I deserve a drink.”

“My doctor says red wine is good for you.”

25% of doctors have a drink and/or drugs problem.

It is hard to put into words the sensation of a gin and tonic after twelve hours running an enterprising business. After three or more it doesn’t matter as you won’t be able to speak the words!

Colin Perriss went that route. He once asked Debbie, his wife, if 11.00am was too early for a drink. His wife replied:

“Why don’t you pour vodka on your cornflakes.”

By this time Colin, a management consultant, was drinking perhaps two bottles of wine daily or a litre of spirits.

He broke down. Debbie, and their children Steven, Jon and Susan stood by him and he was supported by his mother, Brenda. He has reinvented himself.

Their story was told, by Debbie Perriss, in ‘The Times2’ on 11 August 2010. You might have seen or heard Colin and Debbie since then as the media has picked up the story.

Have a look at their website: www.enp4.co.uk.

You can buy Colin’s book ‘Real Power Today’ which basically is a self help book.

Alcohol, and its use, is one of the many conundrums that members of Enterprise Britain face on a daily basis.

‘My diet starts today’ is the universal cry on a Monday morning across the nation.

‘Must use my gym membership’ is the anguished cry on 2 January annually.

I am getting to know Colin Perriss and I am hoping he might blog on this site.

I have recommended a book to Colin. It is titled ‘Be fit or be damned.’ I discovered it in the 1970s. The author is an Australian, Percy Cerutty (just Google the name). He had a breakdown and devoted the rest of his life to perfecting his body. He had a health camp at Portsea on the Queensland coast. He died at the age of 80 from motor neurone disease. It is said that he hardly knew he had the illness.

The next commercial period, which effectively stretches from early September to Easter 2011 (with a short alcoholic break for Christmas) is going to be tough. George Osborne says so.

You are going to need to raise your glass from time to time.

What is in that glass is down to you….

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