A former “wine addict” has revealed how giving up Chardonnay for 12 months dramatically changed her appearance and health.
Lynne Battle, from Swers Island on the north coast of Queensland, Australia, said her casual drinking had slowly taken a toll on her health.
The Irish woman said she only started drinking regularly when she moved to Australia in 1986, aged 23.
Lynne Battle (pictured a year ago and now left) was told that her accidental drinking had slowly worsened her health before she decided to take action and now looks 10 years younger.
The now 57-year-old revealed that her alcohol consumption increased in her mid-40s – from the occasional drink to three to four glasses of white wine every night.
While Ms Battle said her drink count may not reflect “typical alcoholism”, she said it was finally starting to age her beyond her years.
But now the spa owner has turned back the clock after giving up booze more than a year ago and has since been inundated with comments from people saying he looks ten years younger.
“When I was younger, I didn’t drink much. “I had my first beer when I was 17 and the first time I got drunk was when I was 19 on holiday in Spain,” Ms Battle said.
Miss Battle said her drinking had increased significantly over the past five years to three or four glasses a night and it was having a huge impact on her life and health (pictured after seven months without alcohol).
“Wine wasn’t something we drank a lot in Ireland. But when I came to Australia, it was much more common.
“People would bring it to barbecues and they’d have a barrel of wine. It was really new to me.
Ms Battle said her drinking had increased to three or four glasses a night over the past five years.
“Many women would accept this as a normal amount, but these drinks were having a negative effect on me.
“I realized there was a problem when my usual favorite chardonnay was gone and I started drinking another one that I didn’t like.
“That’s when I realized I stopped drinking because I liked the taste. No matter how unpleasant it was, I was drinking.”
Not only did her addiction to wine cause her to gain weight, experience hair breakage, night sweats and elevated blood pressure and cholesterol levels, but alcohol began to strain her 30-year marriage to her 77-year-old husband, Tex.
Ms Battle said her drinking had increased to three or four glasses a night over the past five years
Former wine addict husband Tex (left), 77, says he warned her years ago that his habit was slippery, leading to a row between the couple.
But since starting her One Year No Beer (OYNB) challenge in July 2018, the former wine addict hasn’t looked back – her looks, health and relationships with friends and family have never improved.
Miss Battle never imagined that alcohol could damage her appearance, but now that she’s sober she’s ten years younger.
He said: “I really feel like I’ve turned the clock back ten years by giving up my wine habit.
“I remember a few weeks into the OYNB Challenge, I was washing my face at night and it felt soft, smooth and plump.
“I started noticing red spots on my face. But after about a month of not drinking wine, the spots disappeared. The dark circles around my eyes disappeared.
“Since giving up wine, I’ve lost 6 kg and shaved 5 cm off my bust, waist and hips.
Despite the ordeal, which only lasted a year, Miss Battle said she wouldn’t go back to her old lifestyle (pictured now).
“It may not sound like much, but I’ve been down two dress sizes and wearing clothes that I’ve been wearing the wrong way for years.
A former wine addict says her husband warned her a few years ago that her habit was slipping and it could be damaging to her health.
“We used to fight because of my drinking. We haven’t fought since I stopped.”
“I feel ten years younger than my friends and family and have been told. I owe it to myself to quit drinking.’
While some people may feel “left out” in social situations where other people are drinking, Ms Battle said she can still enjoy these events but opts for non-alcoholic wine and beer instead.
Pictured on the left at the beginning of the Miss Battle challenge and on the right one year later
Incredibly, Ms Battle celebrated her sobriety by becoming the first woman in history to walk the perimeter of her home island in September 2018 – something she says she would never have been able to do before she gave up alcohol.
His sea kayak – which he cleverly named the ‘Chardo-NAY’ – saw him paddle around 30km of Swers Island in six-and-a-half hours.
He is now looking forward to a bright alcohol-free future and even plans to beat his kayaking record within the next year.
“Walking around my island was an amazing experience. When you start OYNB, they ask you to do a physical task that you haven’t been able to do before,” he said.