What is Dry January?
You might’ve heard all this talk about Dry January since the start of the new year. So what is it?
Basically, a phenomenon started in 2012 led by the charity, Alcohol Change UK. It’s a booze free challenge where participants don’t drink alcohol for the entire month of January.
For some, it’s easy especially after the holidays. Thanksgiving, Hannukah, Christmas, and New Years can mean lots of drinking; with friends, family, and coworkers. So, to give your body and mind a rest, January means no wine, beer, or other boozy treats.
Dry January Tips
Need help avoiding that glass of wine after a terrible day at work? We have some Dry January tips for you.
Make a mocktail
Craving a margarita at your favorite Mexican restaurant? Ask for a mocktail. Sparkling water with lime or lemon might not get you buzzed but can make you feel like you’re part of the celebration.
Plan Alcohol-Free Events
Instead of a wine night why not something active? Go on a hike, walk around your town, or offer up hang out spots that don’t require an ID. Think of things you like to do that doesn’t involve alcohol. You’ll learn what it’s like being a pregnant woman!
Work Out Instead
If you come home from work or a long day with the kids, work out instead of opening a robust bottle of red wine. It’ll feel better than a headache and you’ll commit to a Dry January. Remind yourself that you are only doing it for a short period of time, you can do it!
The Buddy System
If you plan to do Dry January, try it with your friends, partner, or coworkers. You’ll feel like someone has your back and they’ll understand your priorities this month. Once the month is over you can celebrate with someone, or continue with your New Years resolution.
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Excerpt from women.com, written by Sophie Matthews