A sobering decision from Hit104.9’s Seamus Evans
Hit104.9 breakfast announcer Seamus Evans has made a decision that could very well change the course of his life.
He’s giving up drinking. At the age of 27, Evans has recognised that he and alcohol are not good buddies and he was beginning to develop a problem.
“To be honest, I’ve been wanting to quit for a very long time, but I’ve never been able to. I was really big party boy for years and I just noticed it really affected me.
“When I drink, I drink to excess and as a result it’s affecting my work-life, my relationships, my body and my energy levels.”
It was quite recently that Seamus realised that he had a problem with booze.
“There’s nothing wrong with having a couple of beers down the pub with the boys. But my issue was that it didn’t really stop.
“I’d be going home and I’d be binge drinking alone afterwards into the wee hours of the morning. And I remember thinking ‘hang on, something’s not right here.”
Seamus has opened up on air on Albury’s Hit104.9 about his struggles and his decisions and says the response has been overwhelmingly positive.
“There were a few reasons why I decided to go so public about it. One of them was so I can be held accountable and so that everyone knows, before I go to the pub, that “Seamus doesn’t drink”.
“It’s all out in the open now and the funny thing is, I’ve had nothing but positivity. I’ve had people say it’s encouraging them to do the same. They can relate and feel they’re in the same boat.
“The only thing I’ve noticed is that people support it, rather than belittle me or bring me down.”
As for the future, Seamus says he’s never saying never to having another beer, but it’s whether he actually wants to drink again.
“I’ve kind of worked out that in having an addictive personality, you can redirect that addiction to benefit your life rather than using it to sabotage. And I guess that’s what I was doing for so long.”
“Ideally, I’d like to go sober forever or for however long I can, but I think it’s pretty foolish to say “I’m never going to again, but I just really hope that out of this I can perform better at work, have better relationships and get healthy.”
Listen here to Seamus opening up on air with HIT 104.9 breakfast partner Riley-Rose.