Dry January! Who is up for the challenge?

Dry January begins next month... January 1st.... Can you go the whole month of January without alcohol?

This health campaign began in 2013 in the UK...urging people to NOT drink for January... and many people have taken this challenge and noted the positives in their lives b/c of it...

Anyone up for the challenge??

Feel free to write your journey here too!
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  • This will be my 11th dry January in a row. I'm in. :)
  • I read this article on the HuffPost site and thought it was worth sharing for Dry January:

    How to Cut Back on Drinking Alcohol

    Does anyone have any other suggestions to add to the ones in the article?
  • @dominica & @DeanD I started my dry January as of January 7. I am not an alcoholic, just a social drinker on occasion, but through the holidays I found I was having far more than normal and more frequently. I'm in!!
  • @Drained1... That's awesome! I think Dry January is a great thing, even for people who are just social drinkers. Giving your body a break from alcohol and finding out that you don't *need* alcohol to have a good time can do everyone a world of good. Glad you're in! :)
  • educating yourself on the negative effects of the poison. the toxins associated with alcohol. This Naked Mind by Annie Grace is a good read on this.
  • Dry January # 8 for me, so me & @deand will be the ringers for this one!

    "Dry January" sounds so bland and boring though. Obviously "First Month Freedom" is open to debate and might not be compelling. But what about a "New Year Mind Clear" or a "Mental Cleanse", or something else that is factually accurate but sounds hip and edgy like something one of the cool kids would do?
  • @Leaker i like New Year Mind Clear!! :)
  • @Drained1 glad you are on board!! your body will be grateful for the break, regardless of how little you drink. i'm good so far!! :)
  • Saving money is just another benefit of not drinking or doing drugs, isn't it @AlwaysAlex? :)
  • Really glad I got sober of my own volition last fall. With me being a furloughed fed and trying to save money, January was going to be dry whether I wanted it to be or not.

    I've read that some people use the entirety of Dry January to plot, scheme, and finagle their next drink the second it's over - which pretty solidly misses the point. But if it encourages others to really contemplate their relationship with alcohol, it's all to the good.

    (Edited because I sounded judgy.)
  • I concur with @NXL that if one spends the entire time sober thinking about their next drink, they are missing the point, or learning the wrong lesson. Case in point, my grandmother was a "functioning" alcoholic. She would have at least 3 Manhattans every night, plus Bloody Mary Sundays, etc. But, she wasn't an alcoholic, at least in her mind. Why? Because she could, without fail, give up alcohol for Lent every year. Of course, the moment Lent was done, out comes the booze.

    I wouldn't say that Dry January leads to Binge-drinking February. I'd say poor choices lead to Binge-Drinking February. But then again, I am a little biased, and probably more than a little judgy too.
  • Thanks for your comments, @NXL and @Leaker. :)
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