Ben Lowry: I am back off alcohol again for six weeks

Ben Lowry, News Letter deputy editor, in the paper's Belfast offices
Ben Lowry, News Letter deputy editor, in the paper's Belfast offices

Last year I observed Lent for the first time in my life.

I gave up alcohol for the six weeks.

I had been getting a bit too fond of wine, and was drinking it with most evening meals. I was straying over the weekly recommended alcohol intake for men.

Apart from anything else, such as liver damage, it was causing me to put on weight. My ability to enjoy a meal without wine was diminishing.

Also, I had never thought much about the Christian rituals, let alone observed them. I would probably have dismissed them as nonsense.

As I get older, however, I am increasingly interested in the Judeo-Christian culture into which hundreds of millions of us have been lucky enough to be born.

Going off wine for Lent was one of the best things I have done.

Now I find it much easier to go without alcohol. Since last Easter, I have tried to consume it no more than two days a week.

When I do have wine with a meal now, it is more of a treat than before and I savour it.

Observing Lent has also caused me to be more mindful of Easter, and its story. Previously, I was only interested in the fact that it was a holiday in my favourite season, spring.

I am back off wine again until mid April.

• Ben Lowry (@BenLowry2) is News Letter deputy editor

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