Former Miss Universe Australia Olivia Molly Rogers says the morning after a big night out that left her anxious and arguing with her fiancé prompted her to quit alcohol.
From the time she started drinking in her teens, the 29-year-old model said she would often black out for half the night and wake up riddled with ‘debilitating’ anxiety and a sense of dread that sometimes lingered for three days.
The Adelaide speech pathologist, who was crowned Miss Universe Australia in 2017, said drinking also led to ‘silly’ fights with her husband-to-be, Justin Mckeone.
But it wasn’t until the morning of Sunday, May 1, 2021, that Olivia woke up after a night on the town and made the decision to give up booze.
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Former Miss Universe Australia Olivia Molly Rogers (pictured) says the morning after a big night out that left her anxious and arguing with her fiancé prompted her to quit alcohol
The speech pathologist, who was crowned Miss Universe Australia in 2017, said drinking left her anxious and led to ‘silly’ fights with her fiancé, Justin Mckeone (left)
‘It was just the straw that broke the camel’s back,’ she told news.com.au.
‘This was happening way too often and when I reflected on it that day when I was hungover – the common denominator here is alcohol.’
While Olivia initially planned to take just a few weeks off drinking, she quickly noticed the many benefits of living a sober lifestyle.
The blonde beauty said she no longer suffers from headaches, sleeps better and almost instantly noticed an improvement in her mental health.
Her physical strength also improved, with Olivia feeling ‘stronger and more efficient’ in her workouts after just two weeks on the dry.
Since going dry in May, the blonde beauty (pictured) said she no longer suffers from headaches, sleeps better and almost instantly noticed an improvement in her mental health
While Olivia initially planned to take just a few weeks off drinking, she quickly noticed the many benefits of living a sober lifestyle
What to expect when you stop drinking
Within 12-24 hours: Detoxification begins and blood sugar normalises.
During this period you may experience withdrawal symptoms including sweating, anxiety, depression and insomnia.
Within one week: Quality of sleep should improve and you should start to feel more energised and hydrated.
Within two weeks: Weight loss may begin thanks to cutting out the hidden calories in alcohol.
Within three to four weeks: Blood pressure stabilises.
Source: Dry July
She has since embraced sobriety as a long-term lifestyle choice and encourages others to reconsider their relationship with alcohol, just like she did.
Olivia believes education around alcoholism is too black and white.
‘[It’s like] you either drink and you’re OK drinking or you’re an alcoholic and you shouldn’t drink and there’s no in between, but that’s not true,’ she said.
‘I think there’s so much grey area that is not spoken about, particularly in Australia.’
Olivia is not alone.
The Adelaide model (pictured) has embraced sobriety as a long-term lifestyle choice and encourages others to reconsider their relationship with alcohol, just like she did
Recent figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveal more than a quarter of Australians – 28.9 percent – are mostly abstaining from alcohol, while a further 9.5 percent are drinking less than they were this time last year.
Over the past four years, the number of ex-drinkers in Australia rose from 1.5million to 1.9million.
The growing sober scene is largely fuelled by hordes of Instagram influencers who tout the benefits of their alcohol-free lifestyles online, and the hospitality industry is taking note.
Australia’s first-ever non-alcoholic bar opened its doors in Melbourne on May 1, pouring a menu of more than 100 alcohol-free beers, wines and cocktails to teetotal punters.
Australia’s first-ever non-alcoholic bar and bottle shop (pictured) opened its doors in Melbourne on May 1
Brunswick Aces bar is designed for anyone who is living or entertaining the thought of a sober lifestyle
Brand director Stuart Henshall said the ‘inconsistent’ stocking of non-alcoholic products in traditional bars led to a stand off between venues and consumers.
‘People don’t know where stocks what – venues say we don’t stock alcohol-free options because nobody asks for them, but sober consumers say they don’t go out because of the lack of these options,’ Mr Henshall previously told Daily Mail Australia.
‘We wanted to create somewhere for people to come and also to prove to traditional venues that there is demand for non-alcoholic products.’
CEO and co-founder Stephen Lawrence said he has been ‘inundated with messages’ from sober drinkers from Perth to Sydney, as well as overseas.
There are trained telephone counsellors available in all Australian states and territories.
Miss Universe Australia 2017 Olivia Molly Rogers reveals the moment that made her give up alcohol