Shannon Boyd hasn’t had a drink in over a month.
The Canberra prop, keen to keep his weight down, gave up alcohol in January – knowing he’d have to be fitter and faster for the new NRL season with reduced interchanges.
He knew if he kept drinking, the kilos would pile on.
“That’s just the way my body works,” the 23-year-old said.
“It was time to say `I’ve had enough’.”
With the help of club nutritionist Leigh Woodbridge, who’s “pushed me pretty hard”, the front-rower has maintained his weight at around the 122kg mark.
“It’s helped massively to stay off the grog,” he added.
“Once three or four games go, I will be able to tell (if it’s helped) with the match fitness side of things.
“So I’ll try and stay off it a fair while longer yet.”
While he knows he can’t abstain for the entire season, he’s vowed to do it for at least another five or six weeks.
“I’ll probably have a couple of drinks with the boys after a couple of good wins,” Boyd added.
It helps that he’s not the only one – the big man noting Frank-Paul Nuuausala and Paul Vaughan also cutting back their alcohol intake.
Boyd has been guzzling down a different kind of liquid this week – water, and plenty of it.
He lost about 3.5kg while playing in 34-degree heat against Penrith last Saturday, and that was after some post-match drinks.
“Everyone was losing a lot of weight,” he said.
“It was very hot out there and we didn’t have our drinks break at the 20-minute mark, so I guess everyone would’ve lost a lot more fluid than they thought.”
Hot conditions are expected again this Saturday, when the Raiders take on Sydney Roosters at 3pm at GIO Stadium.
But Boyd said they should be ok without drinks breaks, given they’ve spent the pre-season training at that time anyway.