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Dry January

(86 Posts)
NanKate Mon 28-Dec-20 22:01:55

A couple of years back I did a dry January and I was thoroughly miserable, even though I followed the rules.

I was reading advice in the paper yesterday about the benefits of a dry January, such as better sleep, but I didn’t experience this.

I am not a big drinker and have more days off than on and keep within the limits for women.

Spag Bol without a glass of red wine just doesn’t cut it for me.

Are you giving up ?

Galaxy Mon 28-Dec-20 22:03:45

I usually do dry January and for the last couple of years have done 100 days. It definitely improves my energy levels.

LadyStardust Mon 28-Dec-20 22:04:27

January is bad enough without it being dry!! No no no!!

CocoPops Mon 28-Dec-20 22:08:24

" Are you giving up?" Another No no no!

Grannybags Mon 28-Dec-20 22:35:29

A no from me too. I need a drink to keep me sane while covid is still with us!

SueDonim Mon 28-Dec-20 22:40:58

No. Apart from the fact I don’t drink much anyway, maybe a bottle of wine a month, why make life any more miserable than it already is, having had the joy sucked out of it by Covid.

Marthjolly1 Mon 28-Dec-20 22:49:05

Not quite. My usual weekly routine is perhaps one glass of wine and/or a couple of gins but the couple of weeks upto and including Christmas day it's become a daily tipple or two. So I'm staying dry til New Years Eve then see how we go. Changed days. I dont like having after effects now. I never used to in days gone bye. hmm

Lucretzia Mon 28-Dec-20 22:51:37

I'll be dry.

Went right off alcohol when pregnant with my son. 28 years ago.

I used to drink like a fish but have hardly touched a drop for years

Madwoman11 Tue 29-Dec-20 04:56:27

Yes definitely a dry January for me. I'm not a regular drinker anyway, but the dreaded pandemic had me having a couple here and there. It doesn't agree with me, and even small amounts have side effects.
Must lose some weight also, but I appear to be comfort eating to fill the gap if my now non existent social life.
So it will be a nice cup of tea and a healthier lifestyle to start off the new year. Keep smiling 😊

CanadianGran Tue 29-Dec-20 05:16:32

No, I'm not really a big drinker, especially in the winter.

A nice cider in the back yard in the sun during other seasons, and if someone comes to visit, but otherwise I can go during the work week without a drink.

Framilode Tue 29-Dec-20 06:25:43

I drink 5 nights a week, about a third of a bottle of red wine. I really enjoy it but know it is too much.

I am going to try dry January because I need to kick start my weight loss campaign - again!

grandMattie Tue 29-Dec-20 06:58:28

No, no, no. Don’t see the point. In one breath, they say that a glass of wine is beneficial, in the nest they say to stop drinking. Everything in moderation and 2020 has been miserable enough without giving up the little treats that make life tolerable!

janeainsworth Tue 29-Dec-20 07:56:16

Life has enough challenges right now without deliberately adding any.
I have a glass of wine, sometimes two, with my evening meal. It’s something I enjoy & look forward to, & don’t see any reason to give it up.

Urmstongran Tue 29-Dec-20 08:07:17

I didn’t drink for 5 weeks before Christmas. I needed to recalibrate after a summer spent in Spain - it’s too tempting in the sun and felt ‘holiday-ish’ - for too long.

I Had malt whisky Christmas Eve, champagne Christmas Day and a glass of fizz again on Sunday. I’m getting better at moderation. I will drink on NYD then probably not bother again during January.

I honestly find it easier to have none at all that ‘one’. One isn’t enough for me. It flicks a switch & I continue drinking.

Whitewavemark2 Tue 29-Dec-20 08:15:47

I have a glass of wine every day with my evening meal. Red or white depending what goes with the meal.

That’s is all I ever drink. Unless I’m socialising which isn’t happening at the moment.

Not bothered about dry anything tbh.

kittylester Tue 29-Dec-20 08:16:17

Phew kate, I thought you were advocating it. smile

We have a couple before our evening meal while we watch the news and I cook. It is a lovely part of our day and I am not going to stop - especially now!

Iam64 Tue 29-Dec-20 08:18:52

I have a glass of wine as I sit down to eat my evening meal. I aim for two or three days off but since march, confess to not having always achieved that. I won't join the dry Jan group but will aim to re-establish my three or four nights a week wine free.

Kalu Tue 29-Dec-20 08:20:17

I have given up enough this year so, no, I won’t be giving up my glass of wine in the evening. It’s good for my mental health and doesn’t damage my physical health. No need to give that up too!

Urmstongran Tue 29-Dec-20 08:22:11

I read somewhere that drinkers with a less good relationship with alcohol are mostly the ones who go for dry January. Sensible, moderate drinkers don’t see the point of it.

vegansrock Tue 29-Dec-20 08:24:28

Like many others my alcohol intake has increased with all the staying at home, no holidays, no socialising year we’ve had. A glass or two is an enjoyable part of many people’s evening and is an easy habit to get into. I usually do dry January, and think I should but haven’t quite convinced myself yet.

M0nica Tue 29-Dec-20 08:24:45

I think for those who drink regularly, it may well be worth the effort to ensure that a pleasant habit doesn't grow a bit every Christmas when, almost all but the teetotal drink a bit more than usual, .and become an unpleasant habit. But for those who are light drinkers, those who drink an occasional glass of wine/beer/cider with a meal out or Sunday lunch, it seems pointless.

Puzzler61 Tue 29-Dec-20 08:28:42

No, but I don’t drink (wine or spirits) most evenings, it tends to be at the weekend.
Since the winter we have started drinking a hot chocolate with Bailey’s or rum in each day about 11 o’clock and not planning to give it up until Spring.

David0205 Tue 29-Dec-20 08:39:06

After the celebrations of Christmas giving up booze for January is a good way to loose the extra weight added so I will cut right down and loose half a stone, OH hardly drinks at all so won’t be affected.

grumppa Tue 29-Dec-20 08:50:35

Absolutely. Fino Sherry, dry Martini, Lanson Black Label brut champagne, draught bitter: they should see me through January adequately enough.

dogsmother Tue 29-Dec-20 08:56:06

I drink on Friday nights, does that constitute a problem?
I did dry January, no problem once, but didn’t enjoy the fact others around didn’t. ( don’t drink at home either)