A dad has told how he gave up booze to save his marriage after sticking his head out of a train window in a drunken stunt that could have killed him.
Oil broker Ruari Fairbairns captured video of his foolish antics after a boozy day in the City in London, thinking the clip would have been perfect for his social media followers.
But when the 38-year-old returned home and showed the footage to his wife Jen, it proved to be the tipping point in their relationship.
Fed up with her husband's drinking, the former model, 40, bought a one-way ticket to her native Sweden and took their baby daughter with her, the Daily Record reports.
After Jen told him she had had enough of his bad behaviour, Ruari stopped drinking and teamed up with a pal to start a support movement called One Year No Beer.
The campaign helps members to quit alcohol and devote themselves to more positive things.
So far it has supported more than 40,000 members in 80 countries.
It's been five years since Ruari stuck his head out of the train window after a business lunch in the City spiralled into a six-hour booze fest.
Jen returned home with the couple's daughter, and the family now live in North Berwick, East Lothian, in Scotland.
They have decided to tell their story to help others to stop drinking.
Ruari said: “Lots of people take ridiculous risks and do crazy things because of alcohol.
“That day I’d had a long lunch which started at noon and finished at 6pm. I was absolutely smashed.
“The train was packed, so I pushed down the window and for some bizarre reason decided to film myself hanging out.
“I hate to think what could have happened if another train had been coming. Just a few months later I heard about a guy being decapitated after leaning out the window of a train.”
Before then, Ruari's drinking had caused a number of problems in his relationship.
Jen said: “What happened on the train was just one example of the bad judgement Ruari showed when he drank.
“As an oil broker, he saw it as part of his job to entertain his clients.
“He might be out two or three times a week for boozy work lunches or dinners, coming home at 2am, 3am or whatever time.
"He was always the last man standing and it was definitely causing a problem within our relationship.
“Then one day I decided I’d had enough.
“Ruari had been out with clients and I was at home, a new mum, looking after our eldest daughter, who was just a baby.
“He came in at 5am and I was awake, struggling to breastfeed.
"He took himself off to our spare room, telling me he had to get some sleep before work.
"I decided this was not what I had signed up for.”
Jen decided to fly home to Sweden with their daughter Tillie.
The mum, who gave up drinking herself two years ago, said: “Me leaving led to Ruari doing some serious soul-searching.
“He signed up for an anger management course to try to better understand the friction in our relationship. It was then he realised the role alcohol played.”
Ruari took a break from alcohol and saw his business grow by 50 per cent. Jen and Tillie returned home as he changed his ways.
He said: “I thought I was going to lose my job. Entertaining was a key part of my identity. I had created a brand around being Scottish and knowing my whiskies.
“But instead of losing business, I became faster, sharper and better at what I did. I found healthier ways to bond with people, and realised you don’t need alcohol to be successful and have a good time.”
Ruari and Jen say giving up alcohol has saved their relationship. They have been married for 10 years and are parents to daughters Tillie, now aged six, and Robin, four.
Ruari said: “I became a better husband, better at work and a better dad.
“I thought, how can I bottle this and give it to other people? So that’s what we’ve done through One Year No Beer.”
After giving up booze, Ruari met up with a friend, Andy Ramage, and found out that he had also stopped drinking.
They hatched the idea of the online support group which designs alcohol-free challenges to help people to stop drinking and focus on things such as family.
Jen said: “Alcohol is so ingrained into our society – we have a drink to celebrate, to cheer ourselves up, to help us relax – that you are almost seen as weird if you say you aren’t drinking.
“Ruari and Andy thought it would be good to give people an all-year-round reason to say they weren’t drinking while they change their mindset around alcohol.
“You don’t have to be an alcoholic or even a binge drinker to know when your life could be so much better without alcohol.
“I’d often have a drink at the end of the day to help me unwind. I’d always been quite a party person, and would enjoy prosecco and bubbles on a night out.
“But I realised alcohol was not my friend. I didn’t like the feeling of the morning after and it would affect my anxiety levels all week. Now I’ve got so much more energy, I feel so much better and I’ve created lasting healthy habits."
She said of One Year No Beer: “Our members share with us their amazing stories of how their lives have been transformed since [joining].
“They tell us how giving up alcohol has helped them lose weight, saved their relationships and even saved their lives.
“One couple went through five rounds of IVF, then, after giving up alcohol, became pregnant naturally.
“One member became the first to kayak around the island she lives on – in a boat called Chardon Nay she bought with the money she saved from not buying alcohol.”
Last month, researchers at King's College London said huge cuts to alcohol rehab services mean a "national epidemic" of alcohol-related problems is not being tackled.
The study found that people with alcohol dependency in Scotland and Wales - where money has been invested in treatment services - are 2.5 times more likely to have access to specialist treatment than those in England.
In England, hospital admissions for alcohol-related conditions have soared by 17 per cent in the past decade.
A separate study last year by the World Health Organisation and led by the University of St Andrews found that teenage drinking in Scotland had dropped "dramatically" in the last decade.
Weekly drinking among Scottish 15-year-olds had declined from 41 per cent to 11 per cent in girls and from 41 per cent to 14 per cent among boys.