Dry January – Why?

Why are you doing Dry January?

A friend invited me to join a group of people who are doing Dry January. I’m not doing it myself – but I have total admiration for everyone who is.

So – I asked these lovely people why they are doing it. Here are their very, very honest answers –

  • To avoid the downsides of drinking alcohol – disrupted sleep, sluggish body and brain, water retention, snacking, impact on my mood.
  • Alcohol has played too big a part in all I do and it’s counter-productive. I’m on medication for anxiety and have been for 3 years now, since my marriage hit the bottom and me with it. Throughout this period I’ve drank, piled on weight, drank even more and not cared properly for me. Medication for anxiety, and yet I poison my system with alcohol! It’s a joke and I feel ashamed that I’m doing this to myself. The slow realisation came in August last year when I knew enough was enough. I’ve made lots of small changes since then and doing Dry January has been part of it. I’ve never succeeded in completing the month… ever! But it feels different this time. It’s not just this month though – I’m not going to hit February 1st and crack open a bottle. I actually would like to carry on and see how I feel after 6 weeks, maybe even 3 months. Who knows? Have cycling goals and wanting to enjoy the spring and summer is a huge motivation for me. Understand my body and nutrition needs is also becoming more and more important. So… long response but an honest one.
  • I’m doing it because my body, mind and the people around me deserve more than what they have been getting.
  • Why am I doing this…because I’ve learnt that I’m not as good a person as I can be when I drink….either at the point of drinking (where I instantly become less productive) or the following day (tired and sometimes irritable) . I want to squeeze a lot in this year (a few events alongside work etc) so something has to give….and I’ve chosen alcohol and long working hours…those are the things I’m culling.
  • It’s losing a day to a hangover. Briefly dating an alcoholic took the blinkers off for me. I know what I don’t want to be like!
  • We don’t need the crutch of alcohol in our bodies to deal with life and its issues. For me, I am also using this time to face my demons, become mentally stronger, to face things head on and work through them with a clear head and with clarity, no matter how it hurts during the process.
  • For my kids…I’m aware of how they learn subconsciously from parents and I don’t want them to see alcohol as something necessary for stress relief, having fun or relaxing. Keen for my associations with alcohol not to be passed on.
  • I’m determined to keep my health as good as I can.
  • If our bodies were like a car and you got your car at birth and it has to last until you die, how would you look after it? We often put more care into our homes than we do ourselves!

Heaven knows, with all that’s going on at the moment, it’s enough to drive anyone to drink – but we all also know it’s not the answer. If any of this strikes a chord with you, why not just knock the booze on the head for a little while?

A huge thank you to everyone who felt able to share their reasons. Giving up alcohol isn’t easy, and being this honest with yourself isn’t easy – and you’ve smashed both. XXX

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. stayseej says:

    Great write up on Dry January! It is always interesting to see why folks want to partake in this or not!

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    1. Thank you!! Next related blog post will be – Did you wobble? And how did you overcome it? Watch out for it on 21st Jan.

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  2. Mrs ESTJ says:

    I agree with all of the reasons for giving up and have intermittently tried to give up myself on many occasions. It’ll be interesting to know how many of those people (if any) managed beyond the 4 weeks.

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    1. I think even if it’s only for the 4 weeks, taking the time to re-assess our relationship with alcohol is important. And knowing that you don’t ‘have’ to have a drink is very valuable. Well done for keeping on!

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