What is Dry January?
Dry January started in 2013 in the UK with Alastair Campbell, a columnist and political strategist, talking about his past drinking, and columnist Peter Oborne trying out the month off booze.
In 2014 the University of Sussex started research on the benefits of Dry January and its lasting effects.
The latest research from 2018 reports that Dry January participants are still drinking less in August. Nine in ten people save money, seven sleep better, and three in five lose weight from just taking a month off.
In addition, there are benefits even for participants who don’t manage to stay alcohol free for the whole month, showing there are benefits just for trying to complete Dry January.
Should participate I participate in Dry January?
Dry January is a movement for anyone who drinks alcohol. Some people participate as a detox from their excessive drinking that happens over the holidays. Others use the beginning of the new year to kickstart healthy habits and routines.
Dry January is for anyone looking for immediate benefits of sleeping better, more energy, saving money, improving their skin and losing weight.
Benefits to Dry January
I hear from people every day who take a break from alcohol and feel healthier and happier as a result.
Being alcohol free for 31 days shows us that you don’t need alcohol to relax, have fun, or socialize. The results speak for themselves.
The University of Sussex research showed that:
How to prepare for Dry January
Starting now, you can become a curious, non-judgemental learner about your drinking habits. Take note of how much you are consuming, when, and how it is making you feel. If you are a heavy drinker, consult with your doctor to make a plan for withdrawal.
You can to remove alcohol from your home or at least put it away to avoid temptation.
You may also want to look at your social calendar and decide on the most comfortable way for you to turn down a drink at social events.
If you need ideas, here’s 23 ways to turn down a drink. https://www.ditchedthedrink.com/blog/23-ways-to-turn-down-a-drink
Now is the time to stock up on alcohol free alternatives.
A club soda with lime is an easy drink to order anywhere. There is an increase in mocktail options at many establishments. I have found bartenders love the challenge of coming up with a tasty alcohol-free concoction. You can also enjoy the many non alcoholic craft brews that are popping up.
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Stock up now so you are prepared when the calendar turns to January.
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Finally get support. Tell friends and family about your experiment so they can support you, or even join you. There’s a thriving alcohol free instagram community, feel free to follow me and see who I follow for more inspiration.
If you want additional support join my online, self paced, class full of tools and resources to keep you alcohol free.
It can be a challenge, even for casual drinkers to say no to booze for a month. Prepare yourself by keeping your why top of mind. You may want to write down and repeat your why as a mantra to yourself. Remember, true contentment comes from aligning with your goals and not always from immediate pleasure.