If Dry January has you feeling like a camel in the desert, or if you’ve already cracked and sunk a few glasses of wine, don’t despair! This year, we’re doing things differently. Instead of counting down the days on our calendar until we can have a boozy blow-out, we’re championing the “damp” January movement instead.
Yes, that’s right – damp; a positive step away from our alcohol-drenched December, but not quite going tee-total. Here’s why:
January is Already Depressing
We’re overloaded with information about January being the most depressing month of the year, with its cold, dark days and lack of festive fun. Blue Monday is just around the corner, so let’s not make this month any drearier than it needs to be. Some fun social plans and the odd cocktail or two might be exactly what’s needed to spice things up!
Going Cold-Turkey Isn’t Needed
After the Christmas madness, it’s unsurprising many of want to feel like our insides are no longer straining under the pressure of all the wine, roast potatoes and quality streets we’ve been consuming.
However, by saying we’re “not allowed” to drink, we’re likely only making ourselves think about it more. Much like how cravings for chocolate intensify on a diet, suddenly that post-work G&T has become so much more attractive. Cutting down to drinking at special occasions only or limiting ourselves to a glass or two a week is much more achievable and means you won’t put it on a pedestal.
It’s Better For Your Health
In fact, going completely dry in January, before reverting back to old habits once February hits, is not going to do your health much good at all. It’s so much better to cut down a little over time instead of taking an “all or nothing” attitude. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but going dry in January doesn’t mean you’ve got a free pass to booze in excess for the rest of the year!
Learn the Skill of Moderation
The reason many people choose to go dry is that they actually find it easier. It eliminates decision-making and gives us an excuse to say no. When trying to aim for moderation, it becomes far easier to slip up. A combination of peer-pressure and hazy rationality after a couple drinks can be a real challenge. Yet it’s a valuable skill to learn that will help you build a healthier relationship with alcohol. Enjoying it without feeling the need to always sink the bottle is a pretty great thing!