Andy Ramage On Creating The ‘One Year No Beer’ Movement & How Alcohol-Freedom Unlocked His Potential

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“Quitting alcohol isn’t just for alcoholics.

Andy Ramage


Over the years, I have openly shared my personal journey with alcoholism and that of many guests. A lifeline for the desperate many that struggle in silence, I do this to underscore that there is always hope, no matter how far down you find yourself.

But what if you’re not an alcoholic? What if you, like millions of people, occasionally drink just a little too much? Even though it doesn’t destroy your life, it leaves you feeling off. You’re tired of the hangovers, the lethargy and the low grade depression it provokes. You’d prefer to stop. But because drinking is integral to your social or professional life, opting out seems impossible. What then?

This week’s guest faced this very predicament, a relatable scenario for a vast number of people. The only difference? Andy Ramage decided to do something about it.

A former professional footballer (as they say in the UK), a career-ending injury prompted Andy to hang up the cleats and enter the world of finance. Channeling his work ethic, it didn’t take long for him to become successful in the traditional sense, co-creating two multimillion-dollar city brokerages.

But doing well in banking ‘required’ (or so he thought) drinking. Lots of drinking. Long Mad Men style booze-soaked client lunches. Countless happy hours, pub crawls, and cocktail soirées, followed by clubbing and the occasional after party. It’s just what you gotta do to play the game.

Andy didn’t necessarily have a drinking ‘problem’. But the lifestyle left him drained. Listless. And looking for a change.

Bucking the unwritten rules of his professional environment, he decided to to take a break from alcohol and embarked instead on a quest for peak performance and well-being. It stuck. Not only did Andy feel markedly better, his work performance improved. His relationships became more meaningful. He fell back in love with the simple things that brought him joy as a young lad. Slowly, a new world of life opportunities began to emerge.

Transformed, Andy enthusiastically began sharing his experience, challenging friends and colleagues to quit the booze for 28, 90 or even 365-days. What he didn’t know was that the friendly contest he concocted among peers would soon explode into a full-blown international movement he ultimately dubbed One Year No Beer.

Today, Andy and his friend Ruari Fairbairns have birthed OYNB into a world-leading behavioral change platform offering instruction and support for a variety of alcohol free challenges. Their companion book, The 28-Day Alcohol-Free Challenge* is a UK bestseller (now available in the U.S.*). To date, their endeavors have inspired over 50,000 people to boot the bottle and invest instead in well-being.

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I first met Andy two years ago when he turned up for our Plantpower Ireland retreat. Fast friends from the outset, I’ve wanted to share his story ever since.

Alcoholism is a self-diagnosed disease. Left untreated, it will progress, ultimately leading you to one of three places: jail, institutions, or death. So if you are a true alcoholic, or a sober member of a certain unnamed 12-step program, Andy’s message isn’t necessarily aimed at you.

This one is for the average drinker, those a bit closer to ‘normal’ (whatever that is) on the alcohol spectrum who find themselves abusing the booze from time to time. It’s for those who started drinking in their teens and never really stopped. And it’s for people who have maintained a slow and steady pace of consumption without any given thought to addiction or the negative side effects of alcohol on a daily basis.

In other words, this conversation is directed at the majority of our society.

Because quitting alcohol isn’t just for alcoholics.

OYNB Discount: As a simple thanks for listening, Andy wanted to offer all of you a gift. For 33%** off the OYNB 28, 90 and 365-day alcohol-free challenges, go to oneyearnobeer.com and simply use the code RICHROLL at checkout (on the audio recording I incorrectly indicated 25%. The correct discount is indeed 33%).

Disclosure: I’m a fan of Andy and the work he is doing with OYNB, but I have zero financial involvement with the company. OYNB is not a show sponsor. No, Andy did not pay me to appear on the podcast (I have never accepted money for a guest to appear on the show and never will). Nor am I an affiliate of OYNB. In other words, I get nothing from you using the above-mentioned discount code other than the satisfaction of sharing a product I support.

The visually inclined can watch our entire conversation on YouTube here: bit.ly/andyramage444 (please subscribe!) and the podcast is of course available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Andy’s message is powerful. And despite proclaiming himself an introvert, I assure you he’s quite the storyteller.

I sincerely hope you enjoy the exchange.

Peace + Plants,

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Photos of Andy with Rich courtesy of Ali Rogers

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Pick up The 28 Day Alcohol-Free Challenge* by Andy Ramage & Ruari Fairbairns

PLUS! Andy – as a thank you to all of you out there listening — wanted to give you all a special deal — 25% off their 28, 90 and 365-day alcohol-free challenges when you use the PROMO code RICHROLL at OYNB.com

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Special thanks to Moby for this week’s interstitial track: “A Freak“, Jason Camiolo for audio engineering, production and show notes. Video, editing and graphics by Blake Curtis and Margo Lubin. Theme music by Ana Leimma.

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