GRANT Stott has revealed he will be declining all offers of drink throughout the month of November - and is encouraging his colleagues and listeners to do the same.
The 48-year-old DJ has decided to jump on the wagon - and he’s hoping that he’ll feel so much better after taking part in what he’s calling “NOvemBAR1” that it will change his drinking habits permanently.
I probably have a drink four days out of seven and as I’m getting older I feel it more in the mornings, it’s not so easy to shake off the foggy-headGrant Stott
He said: “The last four weeks I went without a drink are probably the last four weeks before I started drinking.
“I grew up in a house where my parents never really drank – if my dad did he’d go out to the pub or a club on a Saturday. But now it’s so easy just to have a bottle of wine in the evening.
“I probably have a drink four days out of seven and as I’m getting older I feel it more in the mornings, it’s not so easy to shake off the foggy-head.
“For years I’ve thought about taking part in Stoptober or other “stay sober” months, but I’ve never managed it because of diary commitments, but this November was pretty clear so I thought I’d do it.
“I mentioned it at Forth and on air and I got a really good response – especially when I suggested there could be one day off as the Forth Awards are in November – so that’s why it’s NOvemBAR1.”
Grant, who presents the mid-morning show, has two children Sam, 18, and Lori, 14, and admits that now his son can legally drink it’s made him reassess his own alcohol intake.
“I am conscious of how what I do affects them,” he said. “I’m trying to teach him [Sam] about responsible drinking. So of course that makes you think about your own drinking.”
Grant’s wife Clare has agreed to stay sober with him, which he says will make it a lot easier not to drink at home. He’s also convinced Forth drive time presenter Mark Martin, and the breakfast show producer Marty Ewart to join in too.
He says getting through this month’s Forth Awards won’t be too difficult as he’s presenting the show so never drinks, but panto rehearsals might be a struggle.
“Normally we go out a lot, but I’ve convinced Andy Gray to at least do the two weeks of script rehearsal without a drink – but not the first two weeks,” he said. “But after that sales of Prosecco across Edinburgh will get back to normal.”